Category Archives: Tasting

Winemaker Galas in April, during the El Dorado Passport Weekends!

The Annual El Dorado Winery Association’s Passport Weekends includes two added adventures in taste, the Winemaker Galas!  Each of the Galas take place on the Passport weekend’s preceding Friday evenings, April 5th and 12th at Mercedes-Benz of El Dorado Hills from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Experience the great wine and food from this region in an intimate setting:  Guests will rub-shoulders with the winemakers themselves from C.G. Di Arie Vineyard & Winery, Mediterranean VineyardsBumgarner WineryFenton Herriott Vineyards and many more of the region’s winemakers will be on hand as well pouring specially selected, rare and reserve wines from their cellars that are not generally available for the public.

Delicious food to pair from  top regional restaurants presenting hors d’ oeuvres to pair with the evening’s selection of wines.  Placerville’s Farm Table, and Heyday Café, plus El Dorado Hill’s C Knight’s Steakhouse, Milestone, and the new, Osteria Moto, to drop a few names.

A silent auction of limited hand-picked offerings and live music will cap the evening off.  Tickets are $85 per person for either of the two Friday events.  Purchase them HERE!!!

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Zinfandel Experience: January 17-19

Add this to the holiday wish list!  Dine, Learn, Enjoy, Taste with legends and emerging rock stars of Zinfandel. ZinEX is a three-day wine and food extravaganza attracting wine lovers from around the world. Experience the classic character of Zinfandel at four extraordinary events featuring a diverse selection of wines and styles. The weekend includes a Welcome event Dine-Around at One Market , Flights seminar, Winemakers Auction & Dinner, and Grand Tasting.

ZinEX 2019 features access to winemaker celebrities at three impressive venues, showcasing the talents of winemakers, chefs, and artisanal food purveyors. Your VIP package includes Heritage Club membership, tickets to each of these events and so much more.

In Amoré with Amarone: The Sawyer-Casale Tasting

So happy to share this Napa Valley Register article by columnist Eduardo Dingler (and some of my pictures!) about our recent private wine tasting at the home of Don Sebastiani.

Every month, Keith Casale and I orchestrate a wine theme and food pairing to dazzle a table-full of people.  October featured Amarone, read more at the link below!

*Exploding violets and cigar boxes, an afternoon with Amarone*

Cheers! Christopher & Friends

Next Quarterly Somm Session on September 15th, plus Full Schedule!

I know the details for my FIF Somm Sessions have been just trickling out as we start each series, so here is the lowdown on my Quarterly Classes (each 3rd Saturday of the month from 10-11:30am), as well as some more ticket links, and a dedicated schedule page for your reference!  Whew, big breath after getting all that out.  Please proceed as the information unfolds below.

Quarterly Somm Sessions

Vintners, Vintages & Varietals Series:
Sept 15GIBBS Napa Valley & COHO Wines
Dec 15 Michael Mondavi and Oberon Wines

Trending Now! Series:
Oct 20The Rebirth of the Hip Red Grape Varietals
January Date TBA

Appellation Series:
Aug 18 (past)–Tasting Two Sides of the Mayacamas Mountains with Aiken Wines of Napa Valley & B. Wise Vineyards of Sonoma Valley
Nov 10Celebrating the 35-year Anniversaries of the Carneros, Russian River Valley and Paso Robles AVAs

FULL SCHEDULE through 2018

This additionally includes my Monthly Somm Sessions on First Thursdays, 5:30-7pm! Ticket links will be there as they come available. Contact me at wine@sawyersomm.com if you need any assistance!

Cheers!  Hope you are able join me at Feast It Forward.
1031 McKinstry Street, Napa, CA 94559
707-819-2403 info@feastitforward.com

Rhone Wine Rendezvous Tasting at Gravenstein Grill: September 13th

Before the Sonoma County harvest kicks into high gear, join me and an all-star line-up of local #Rhone-style wine producers at the Rhone Wines Rendezvous happening at Gravenstein Grill in Sebastopol on Thursday evening, September 13 from 6:00-8:00 pm.

Relax in the tranquil patio area for this very special walk-around tasting featuring the newest releases from many of the top producers of Rhone-style wines of Sonoma County. Sample lively aromatic white wines made with #Viognier, Grenache Blanc, #Roussanne, #Marsanne and #Picpoul Blanc; vibrant, elegant and spicy versions of complex red wines made with #Syrah, #Grenache, #Mourvedre. #Cinsault, #Carignane and Petit Sirah; zippy, tangy and taste-tempting offerings of sophisticated pink wines that finish dry instead of sweet; and flavorful appetizers prepared by Chef Bob Simontacchi.

In a nutshell, our local Rhone-style wines rock. So, let’s enjoy these fantastic flavor profiles at this amazing Rhone-style event on September 13th!

Participating wineries: Limerick Lane Cellars, Jeff Cohn Cellars, Davis Family Vineyards, Two Shepherds, Lasseter Family Winery, The Larsen Projekt, MacLaren Wine, Keller Estate, Dane Cellars, Montemaggiore, Eric Kent Wine Cellers, ACORN Winery, and many more!

There will also be a live performance by the wonderful Aly Rose Trio during the event.  Get your $25 ticket at EVENTBRITE!

FIF Somm Sessions: Monthly Class Series Begins Sept 6th

Doesn’t this venue look just smashing? This featured picture is from my first Quarterly Series (with detailed schedule coming soon):  Yet you can join me at this amazing Feast It Forward setting sooner, and as promised, here is the list of the Monthly Somm Sessions  in Napa through the end of 2018: They will always be on the First Thursdays of the month from 5:30-7pm.

First up, join me and some amazing wines on Thursday September 6th, 5:30-7pm, for The Rosé Revolution & Aromatic Wine Picks for Autumn 2018! GET TICKETS NOW

At “Somm Sessions; The Rose Revolution & Aromatic White Picks for Autumn 2018” on September 6, try this classy Pinot Grigio, the newest release from Benessere Vineyards—one of the top producers of Italian varietals in the New World!
At “Somm Sessions; The Rose Revolution & Aromatic White Picks for Autumn 2018” on September 6, try this classy Pinot Grigio, the newest release from Benessere Vineyards—one of the top producers of Italian varietals in the New World!

Looking for some bright, fresh and expressive new wines to serve with appetizers, fresh soups, salads, gourmet dishes or to simply refresh the palate as the warm days of summer lead to the joyous months of harvest? Then join Feast It Forward Sommelier Chris Sawyer and special winery guests for this fun, interactive tasting focused on the wide range of dry, elegant and sophisticated styles of pink wines and aromatic white wines made with premium grapes from Napa Valley and beyond!

  • October 4th Exploring the Joys of Cabernet Sauvignon & Other Bordeaux Varietals
  • November 1st Messages in the Bottles — Unlocking the Mysteries Behind Crafting World-Class Pinot Noir and Elite Red Proprietary Blends
  • December 6th Holiday Wine Pairings with Films & Fine Cuisine

Mark your calendar!  Tickets available at FIF Events.
Cheers! Christopher

Smiles everyone, smiles! At the #SommSessions gathering on Thursday, September 6th, sample the tangy sensations of the intriguing white grape variety Verdelho made by winemaker Christine Barbe of Coquerel Wines (second from left) and the long, dry finish of the Rosé of Cinsault crafted by Onestra winemaker/proprietor Jillian Johnson Deleon (far right).
Smiles everyone, smiles! At the #SommSessions gathering on Thursday, September 6th, sample the tangy sensations of the intriguing white grape variety Verdelho made by winemaker Christine Barbe of Coquerel Wines (second from left) and the long, dry finish of the Rosé of Cinsault crafted by Onestra winemaker/proprietor Jillian Johnson Deleon (far right).

My Somm Sessions getting started at FIF, August 18th!

Feast It Forward is finally open at 1031 McKinstry Street in Napa, and with that my educational seminars can begin!  Starting with my quarterly Appellation Series on Saturday, August 18, 10-11:30amReserve your space for $35, details below.

The Appellation Series: Tasting Two Sides of the Mayacamas Mountains with Aiken Wines of Napa Valley & B. Wise Vineyards of Sonoma Valley
The two sides of the Mayacamas Mountain Range come together in this one-of-a-kind exploration of high-class wines made with cherished grapes grown on the famed “Rutherford Dust” soils of Napa Valley and the rugged western-facing hillside of the Moon Mountain appellation overlooking Sonoma Valley. Taste and discover the complex profiles of these delicious gems with gifted winemaker Joel Aiken and other special guests. All this while relaxing in the comforts of The Studio by Feast it Forward in downtown Napa. Your $35 ticket to the Appellation Series includes a superb flight of six elite wines; discussion of each wine; food pairing tips; and much more!

I will post an extended schedule of monthy & quarterly offerings for the remainder of 2018 soon, so you can mark your calendars!
Cheers ~ Christopher


FEAST IT FORWARD!

Rosés of Sonoma County at Gravenstein Grill! Thursday, July 19th

Join me at the Gravenstein Grill for the evening of July 19, from 6-8pm, celebrating the incredible local Rosé wines of Sonoma County. We’ll have guest wineries pouring on our patio including Radio-Coteau Wine Cellars LLC, Kokomo Winery, Benovia Winery, Kobler Estate Winery, Friedeman Wines, Claypool Cellars, and more!

Accompanying the incredible wines will be seasonal passed appetizers by Chef Bob Simontacchi featuring the great summertime local produce of West Sonoma.

There will also be a performance by the incredibly talented Sebastopol band the Aly Rose Trio. Don’t miss out on this event, one of Gravenstein Grill’s Summer Wine Series!

GET YOUR TICKETS!