Category Archives: Sommelier

THE VARIETAL SHOW Goes Large At Big Basin!

At the Big Basin Tasting Bar, just off the beach in Santa Cruz to be exact: A terrific place to experience these delectable wines. THE VARIETAL SHOW gets a taste of the mountains there with proprietor Bradley Brown, but don’t forget to take the scenic trek up to Big Basin Vineyards in Boulder Creek as well!

  • 2022 Rodnick.Farm Chenin Blanc
  • 2021 Kimari Vineyard Chardonnay
  • 2021 Old Corral Pinot Noir
  • 2019 Coastview Vineyard Grenache
  • 2019 Rattlesnake Rock Syrah
  • 2019 Sixty-Two Terraces Syrah

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Breathless River Cruise: Save $1K until June 30!

Get another glimpse at our “Vineyards of the Rhine & Moselle” river cruise–the picturesque landscapes, historic vineyards, and luxurious amenities–with Breathless Founder Sharon Cohn and Sommelier and Internationally Renowned Wine Judge and Educator Christopher Sawyer. Watch the WEBINAR for more details!

Special Rate $1000 Savings – Ends June 30th An unforgettable adventure awaits, are you ready? Embark on a magical odyssey with Breathless from Amsterdam to Luxembourg, July 23-30th, 2025.

Partaking In Pennyroyal Farm On THE VARIETAL SHOW

You have to admit, they have it all! Nestled along the scenic Hwy 128 drive through Mendocino, rolling into Boonville, is Pennyroyal Farm in Anderson Valley. Proprietor Sarah Cahn Bennett shares the wines & cheeses (of goat and sheep) with THE VARIETAL SHOW for the ultimate pairings. And we learn a little “Boontling”.

The Wines: Pennyroyal Farm 2023 Pinot Trio; 2021 Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley ; 2021 Pinot Noir, Monty In; 2020 Pinot Noir, Eye of the Needle Vineyard

The Cheeses: Pennyroyal Farm Laychee, Velvet Sister, Bollie’s Mollies, Boont Corners


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In Oakland At Bardo lounge On THE VARIETAL SHOW

Having cocktails and apps at Bardo Lounge & Supper Club in Oakland, with owner Seth Bregman, Beverage Director Ben Dimond & Chef Amol Thanky! THE VARIETAL SHOW gets a taste of creating cocktails by Ben with a Golden Era, Cosmopolitan & Jackie O Daiquiri. We also walk through the wine list offerings. Followed by Chef Amol discussing construction of a complementary menu, with fantastic foods that stand alone; Chicken Liver Mousse, Deviled Eggs, Lamb & Pork Meatballs. YUM!

Reserve a table at BARDO! 3343 Lakeshore Avenue, Oakland, CA

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THE VARIETAL SHOW Visits Yorba Wines

It was a lovely afternoon in the foothills with Ann Kraemer and her dog at Yorba Wines! THE VARIETAL SHOW visited with her in Amador County, where we discussed the long history of vineyards at high elevations, going back to gold rush times, and amazing wine community. With nods to winemaker Ken Bernards of Ancien Wines.

Together we taste through her Yorba Barbera 2016, Tempranillo 2013 & Syrah 2014.

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Rock On With David J On THE VARIETAL SHOW

What??? Yes, David J, British alternative rock musician, producer, writer, and bassist for iconic goth rock bands Bauhaus and Love & Rockets. He joins local musician Darwin Meiners (of the band Temptation) on THE VARIETAL SHOW to reminisce about Spanish wine, B Sides and #LIVE105! We all share a glass of Patz & Hall, Pisoni Vineyard, Pinot Noir & Lasseter Family Winery, Amoureux

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Healdsburg Wine & Food Experience! May 16-19, 2024

The Healdsburg Wine & Food Experience is a weekend-long celebration featuring the best of Sonoma County and world-renowned food and wines. Showcasing the region’s makers – farmers, growers, winemakers and chefs – alongside globally recognized wines from the greatest wine regions of the world.

Lots of exciting events to choose from, I will be at the Bollywood Night at La Crema! Choose your favorite from the TICKET site. Cheers! Chris

Episode #150 With Heidi Barrett On THE VARIETAL SHOW!

Celebrating the150th Episode, and 4 years of THE VARIETAL SHOW, by visiting my great friend Heidi Barrett of La Sirena Winery! Started in 1994at the northern end of Napa Valley in Calistoga, we discuss the ocean, time capsules, magic carpets and of course, wine. Taste these gems with us: 2023 La Sirena Moscato Azul, 2020 Aviatrix Grenache, 2019 La Sirena Studio Series.

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Global Tasting Series, May 23rd: Italian Wines & Dinner

Announcing the premiere of The Global Tasting Series, brought to you by Tony Moll of Three Fat Guys Winery! A special blind-tasting of six Italian wines from different regions of Italy, will be paired with a spectacular Italian dinner, catered by A16 restaurant of San Francisco, which is celebrating its 20 year anniversary. Wines to be revealed after the tasting!

Dinner and tasting will be at Three Fat Guys Winery, 6:30 to 9pm on Thursday, May 23rd. TICKETS $135, available through Cellar Pass!

Join Tony, along with proprietor Shelley Lindgren of A16, and Sonoma County “Sommelier to the Stars” Christopher Sawyer to explore this fantastic wine and food pairing. Lindgren recently published her book Italian Wine.

Contact Dusty (dusty@tfgwines.com) or Chris (wine@sawyersomm.com) for more information!

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Spectacular Starfield Vineyards On THE VARIETAL SHOW!

Heading east over route 50 is a scenic wilderness wonderland! This is where THE VARIETAL SHOW settles in at Starfield Vineyards & Winery with Rob Sinton, to enjoy a dazzling sampling of his high elevation wines. Placerville is in the El Dorado AVA, established in 1983, home to many wineries and a bucketload of California history! Taste along with us: 2021 Blanc de Blancs, 2020 The Miner’s Inch, 2020 The Big Canyon & 2020 Barbera Reserve.

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