Take a peek at my article Underground Sips, published this June in Napa Sonoma Magazine. In it I lead you through five fabulous wine caves that you can make a part of you amazing Labor Day weekend plans in Sonoma Valley. (That is, after you endeavor the spectacular Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, where you will find moi and other select sommeliers.)
Start getting ready for Labor Day Weekend! There will be 15 wine professionals, including myself, at Sonoma Wine Country Weekend this year: We will all amplify the experience for you, while we serve as guest all-star wine guides at key events throughout the three-day, charitable event.
Benjamin Appleby, Abe & Louis Steak House, Boston, MA
Cassandra Brown, Hakkasan Restaurants, Las Vegas, NV
Mark Canak, The Metropolitan Club, Chicago, IL
Joy Cushing, Nick & Stefs, Los Angeles, CA
Seamus Dooley, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada
Chuck Herrold, Dolce Pane e Vino, Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Leslie LaMont, Leña Brava, Chicago, IL
Steven McDonald, Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, Houston, TX
Patrick Olds, Louie’s Wine Dive, Clayton, MO / St. Louis, MO
Nadia Pavlevska, Darrens, Manhattan Beach, CA
Chris Reid, 101 Steak, Atlanta, GA
Christopher Sawyer, SawyerSomm.com Consulting, Petaluma, CA
In the mix of organizing wine seminars, shipments and special guests for the Telluride Wine Festival, I also made time to record this podcast interview with Susan Viebock at Telluride Inside & Out. Keep an eye on my social media for interesting wines, guests and activities this week at the festival!
Not only does the site provide extensive competition information for both past and future events, but it also offers the inside scoop from competition organizers, exclusive interviews with renowned judges and extensive wine reviews by experts in the field.
Start your exploration by reading up on yours truly, follow that up with details about the site!
Yep, you guessed it. I have won this prestigious honor again for 2016, third year running! HUGE thank you to all of you that took time to vote for me, it is ever so much appreciated.
Sorry I had to miss the celebration as well, hosted by my good friend Daedalus Howell at the Flamingo in Santa Rosa on Friday night. I was kinda busy working Flavor! Napa Valley as Wine Director (hey, Best Somms gotta work!), which was an incredibly fulfilling experience.
The next two weekends On The Wine Road will be Barrel Tasting, and four opportunities for you to have breakfast with local winemakers! Join me or another knowledgeable host for a full breakfast along with time for Q&A with the winemakers. Bring your questions—learn more about winemaking, what to be aware of when tasting barrel samples, and what to look for when making buying decisions when purchasing futures.
Smiles everyone smiles, welcome to Super Bowl 50! Great fun stopping by the Taste of Sonoma Lounge in Super Bowl City in SF this weekend. Even better seeing enthusiastic football fans from across the nation lovin’ the wines from Sonoma County!
Here are some photos to pique your curiousity: Later this week, catch me at Market One restaurant on Feb 5 & 6 as a featured pre-game sommelier!
The countdown to Flavor! Napa Valley is on! I am the wine director for this year’s festivities March 16-20: Organizing tastings, food pairings and seminars has given me some things to get excited about, hopefully you can join in the fun as well. For more info, visit FlavorNapaValley.com.
Here are a few photos from the exciting Preview Party in SF, featuring a great mixture of media and team members from American Express, CIA Greystone, Celebrity Cruise, Visit Napa Valley, DPEM, AF&Co and me, who brought a tasty array of sips provided by four special wineries that will be involved in the culinary festival along with other members of the Napa Valley Vintners.
My resolution for 2016, to share a calendar of my upcoming adventures that may be investigated by my readers: This is a way for you to anticipate upcoming events that might be of interest, and maybe even join in the fun!
The Calendar Page is here on my site, among the tabs at the top right, and will be updated periodically as new plans are made, so hope to be seeing you in this exciting new year.