If you aren’t feeling the pull, like I am, to the Sierra Nevadas this weekend (see The Big Crush), then perhaps you can enjoy some local sips to support worthy North Bay causes?
On Saturday October 3rd you can Raise the Roof along with an assortment of farmers, wineries, restaurants, hoteliers, insurance agents, realtors, event planners, civic leaders, local law and fire department personnel, and many other local Sonoma County businesses. Proceeds go to help victims of the recent Valley fire in Lake County.
Attend the event and participate in the silent auction while enjoying delectable wines from the most sought after wineries and sensational bites from featured chefs including Dustin Valette, Duskie Estes, Guy Fieri, Nicolai Lipscomb to name a few. Tickets are $100 pre-sale or $125 at the Sonoma Jet Center doors in Santa Rosa.
Finally getting a family trip away and you know there will be wine! We will be trekking to beautiful Amador Wine Country just in time to experienceBig Crush Harvest Festival on October 3 & 4. It will include 42 Amador Wineries that open up their cellar doors and tasting rooms with ultimate hospitality paired with music, food and fun. Presale tickets will be sold online until September 29.
The BIG CRUSH is your ticket to the Shenandoah Valley and Fiddletown appellations, historic main streets of Sutter Creek, Amador City, Plymouth, and beyond!
Two days of bountiful cuisine, world-class wines, along with sounds of acoustic to rock & roll music wafting from every crush pad in the county. Scenes of teeming vineyards, trudging tractors, bustling crush pads await!
Find me at a winery or follow my social media posts on Sunday Oct 4th to join in on the adventure!
Hard to resist enjoying “FEAST Chronicles – Day 2″ at BottleRock Napa is LIVE! Filled with food, wine, music and fun, our Feast it Forward Ultimate Airstream Adventures Northwest hosted Capital Cities, Brett Dennen, ZZ Ward, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Wild Ones, Grizfolk, Joe Kwon of The Avett Brothers and many more for intimate interviews and jam sessions while enjoying (lots!) Sullivan Vineyards and Miner Family Vineyards.
Stay tuned for “Day 3″, followed by each of our acoustic #FEASTsessions sets from participating musicians alongside a full episode of our #BetweentheBottles at the festival.
Although it ended last week, Bottle Rock Napa Valley 2015 is still alive and kicking with all the live interviews that will be highlighted on FeastItForward.com over the next few months, as well as in a number of the articles I’m writing for more national publications.
So to get you primed, here’s a review of FEASTing Day 1 at the Williams-Sonoma Culinary Stage and great times spent with musical dynamos Imagine Dragons, Flavor Flav, Zella Day, and The Mowgli’s; star chefs Rick Moonen, Michael Voltaggio, Mei Lin, Victor Scargle, and the Forgone Family; Dave Miner of Miner Family Winery; MC Liam Mayclem; and Katie Hamilton Shaffer and the rest of the great Feast It Forward team!
You can also see some of my fun posts from the festival by visiting my Facebook page at Christopher Sawyer Sommelier or my Twitter/Instagram handles @sawyersommelier. And for more information about the sold-out festival and news on what will be happening in 2016, visit www.bottlerocknapavalley.com.
My dear friend and scholar Trane DeVore wrote this piece last year on his blog The Trout Factory, and I was recently reminded of its transcendence into the wine infested world of Sonoma County. Thanks Trane!
This Saturday the Create Again benefit show will take place in Santa Rosa. Thanks to everyone who has helped, shared, donated, etc. So far $2400 has been donated on the event site, toward the absolute goal of $5000.
Join me at the event by choosing the $15 Ticket Perk! If you cannot make it Saturday you can still donate at the site until April 10th. All proceeds will go directly to the music program at Lawrence Cook School where Andy Lopez attended.
Thank you for supporting this great cause and hope to see you there!-CS