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Delicious Grub Everywhere — Go Get Some!

Perfect timing with many places reopened to outdoor dining, or continuing with take-out & delivery. Whatever suits your preference this Sonoma County Restaurant Week 2021, which starts February 19, keeps going until February 28th! You have plenty of time so get some good #SOCO eats and support a local biz!

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While not on the list this year, just a few examples to help whet the palate (all from delicious menus at Gravenstein Grill)!

Sawyer Somm Becomes the Interviewee!

“Turning the Tables – Interviewing the Interviewers” is a Q&A series profiling Wine Writers from The Wine Industry Advisor. The objective of this project is to understand and develop working relationships with journalists: Those that help tell the stories, review wines and potentially provide media coverage.

On Jan 12, it was MY TURN to be the subject of their inquiry. Read the interview HERE! This is part of an ongoing series that will be featured monthly by Wine Industry Network. Cheers! Christopher

An Exciting Episode Of Grape Encounters Radio In The Midst Of A Global Pandemic

David Wilson, host of Grape Encounters Radio, takes some time to virtually visit Italy with Piero Pavone, founder of Vinum Hadrianum, a winery on the eastern central coast of Italy that is breathing new life into an ancient Roman form of winemaking.

He then rejoins the U.S. with ME to discuss the pandemic effects on the wine and food industry and pontification of what the future might look like! LISTEN UP!


Grape Encounters Episode #566 – A Huge Step Forward in Sonoma and a Huge Step Back in Italy!

Read My Work About Rhône & Somm Camp in the Latest Somm Journal!

In between all my comings and goings there is a wee space to satiate my journalistic beginnings.  In addition to my occasional Sawyer Somm blog posts, take a minute to peruse some industry magazines either in print or online.  The 2020 February/March issue of  The SOMM Journal is a great place to start with my two published pieces!

 

My column Inside Sonoma is on  page 18.
Here to Stay: Sonoma County Producers Continue to Embrace Rhône Varieties

My article about The SOMM Journal Camp is on page 100.
With Love From The Russian River Valley: DeLoach Vineyards Leads SOMM Campers in a Regional Exploration of Wine and Vine

Happy Reading! Chris

Sonoma County Wine Auction Raises Record-Breaking $6.1 Million for Local Charities

The Sonoma County Vintners Foundation are excited to announce $6.1 million was raised at the 2019 Sonoma County Wine Auction! Overall, more than $36 million has been raised to date to support charitable organizations focused on education, health and human services, the environment, and arts and culture in Sonoma County.

This charitable gathering was the culmination of a three-day affair that included an exclusive kickoff party on Thursday evening hosted with the Cline Family at Jacuzzi Family Vineyards and intimate Friday evening Vintner Dinners throughout Sonoma County and San Francisco.

Four hundred auction guests were welcomed to the grounds of La Crema Estate at Saralee’s Vineyard with sunny skies and exceptional Sonoma County wines. Local chefs, including James Beard award-winning Chef Honoree John Ash, prepared an array of decadent bites while guests mingled with non-profit beneficiary organizations.

The 40 auction lots included revered wine collections, luxurious travel excursions, meals prepared by world-class chefs, exclusive experiences with industry and community pillars such as Winemaker Honoree Merry Edwards, Chef Honoree John Ash, Steve Young and Ronnie Lott, as well as rare behind-the-scenes experiences with major sports teams and world-famous musicians Lady Antebellum and Brad Paisley.

“I’m truly inspired and grateful to our Honorary Chairs, our wine community and all the auction participants who have demonstrated phenomenal generosity and support for our Foundation,” said Michael Haney, Sonoma County Vintners Foundation Executive Director. “We are thrilled to help support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma – Marin as well as our many other Sonoma County nonprofit organizations with the funds raised.”

Radio Show: ISO The Good Life from July 30th!

I was fortunate to meet radio host Mike The Wine Guy host of In Search of the Good Life, at the Grand Opening of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University.  In such, I was able to hop on for a fun 10 minute interview with him!

Here is the link (scroll to bottom of his page) to listen in on that show if you have a little down time: Christopher Sawyer Of SawyerSomm

Cheers! Christopher

Great Seminars at the Wine Industry Expo Trade Show in Santa Rosa on November 30th!

For us Wine Trade folks, you can get the love at North Coast Wine Industry Expo Trade Show & Conference at the end of this month!

A great source for cutting edge products and services:  There will be  eight comprehensive winemaking and sales & marketing conference sessions, all of which focus on current industry issues and trends impacting the North Coast.  I am moderating the Pét Nat: Make Your Winery POP! Session, but check out this mind-tingling list of options:

  • Synergistic Action of Enzymes and Tannins in Winemaking
  • Wine & Weed: A New Normal on the Horizon
  • The Influence of Nutrients on Aromatics
  • Canned Wine: Crushing the Stigma by Raising the Quality
  • Advancements in Protein Stability & CMC vs. Traditional Cold Stabilization
  • Fires & Acquisition Impact on the North Coast Grape Market – What Will it Mean?
  • Beyond Social Media 101: The Next Frontier

All with great speakers and information to help attendees better prepare for the coming year.  Twenty dollars is being donatated for each paid registration to the #CAWineStrong Charity Fund, as well as $1 for each person that attends the show. Get your tickets HERE!