Category Archives: Tasting

Acumen Wine & Chili Davis on CellarPass TV! Thursday March 4th

This week on CPTV, as always, more delicious wines! Join Sarah & me with two special guests to talk about getting out the grill: Diana Schweiger of Acumen Wine, and NY Mets Batting Coach Chili Davis will be swinging in to share their expertise.

Find out more on Thursday March 4th, 6-7pm. FREE registration & pre-show wine package available online!

Virtual ZinEx Day 2 – Coming Right Up!

Next on the ZinEx agenda from late January, is the second set of Meet The Maker mini-seminars that was recorded for your viewing convenience. Day 2 features various Zinfandel topics, see broadcast & details below!

You can also still catch the Paso Robles Flights! LIVE Virtual Seminar & Tasting event on March 4th, 4pm PST. Sign up HERE!

(Virtual ZinEX Day 2 from New York Wine Events on Vimeo.)

Compare and Contrast Regions: Moderated by Randy Caparoso | Berryessa Gap Vineyards | Lapis Luna | McCay Cellars

Sonoma County Legendary Zinfandel Vineyards: Moderated by Sam Kimball | Bear Flag | Bella Vineyards & Wine Caves | St. Francis Winery & Vineyard | Miro Cellars

Appellation Comparisons of Legendary Vineyards: Moderated by Mark Vernon | Calafia Wines | Once & Future | Three Wine Company

Women Winemakers: Moderated by Barbara Haimes | Rock Wall Wine Company | Selby Wines | Storrs Winery | Tres Sabores

Estate Zinfandels: Moderated by Barbara Haimes | Alexander Valley Vineyards | Grgich Hills Estate | Trentadue Winery | Quiviria Vineyards & Winery

BOEGER Winery Virtually Visits CellarPass TV!

Take a virtual trip with Sarah and me this week to the El Dorado foothills where Boeger Winery hails, in a idyllic land of hidden vineyards: An amazing pocket of California that my family has been missing this year, as we keep things closer to home.

CellarPass TV will be joined by Eileen Boeger whose family started off as gold miners along the famous 49er trek, find out how that gold turned into wine! Register now for FREE to join us on CPTV, Thursday February 25, 6-7pm!

Get Your Virtual ZinEx-perience!

While the annual ZinEx weekend was in late January, you can still a LIVE Virtual Seminar & Tasting event on March 4th, 4pm PST. Sign up HERE! Then, scroll down for the first set of Meet The Maker mini-seminars that was recorded for your viewing convenience.

This first day of Zinfandel features five locations; Paso Robles, North Sonoma, Dry Creek, Napa Valley & Italy. Check out the detailed list of moderators (including me!) and wineries below.

(Virtual ZinEX, Day 1 from New York Wine Events on Vimeo.)

Paso Robles: Moderated by Randy Caparoso | J. Dusi | Chronic Cellars | Ridge Vineyards | Peachy Canyon |

North Sonoma: Moderated by Ian Blackburn BACA Wines | Hartford Family Winery | Martinelli Winery | Mauritson Wines

Dry Creek: Moderated by Chris Sawyer | Armida Winery | Dry Creek Vineyard | Pedroncelli | Seghesio Family Vineyards

Napa Valley: Moderated by Chris Sawyer | Elyse Wines | Leonard Wine Company | Mike & Molly Hendry | Robert Biale Vineyards

Italy: Moderated by Sam Kimball | Felline Accademia dei Racemi


Make C. Elizabeth Your Virtual Valentine!

The Varietal Show this week is a broadcast I moderated for a spectacular new boutique winery! Not only did I get the pleasure of tasting and talking about C. Elizabeth, but they are also making some noise due to their special fundraising project: From now until March 15, 2021, 50% of all sales of the 2017 C. Elizabeth Game Farm Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is being donated to Napa Valley Community Foundation 

So show them some BIG LOVE and watch my tasting to find out more! Cheers, Christopher

Acumen Wine & Friends on CPTV, Thursday February 11th!

Covering all the virtual bases this week on CellarPass TV with Sawyer Somm of course, Diana Schweiger of Acumen Wine, as well as CEO, entrepreneur & author Drew Hiss, with his best-selling book Sharpen, and just a little taste of Jack Stack BBQ! Join us on Thursday February 11th, 6-7pm, to find out more. FREE registration & pre-show deals are available online!

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Petrified Forest Vineyards Is Tasting Good On The Varietal Show!

Revisiting my great discussions with Ken & Susan Piters at Petrified Forest Vineyards this week in a glance back at 2020. Join us to explore the significance of grapes from Totem Ridge Vineyards in Knights Valley. You can also read some of my recent reviews of their wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot!

Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to my You Tube Channel for each weekly episode on Tuesdays at 12:30pm. Contact us to feature your winery on The Varietal Show!

Turn it Up To ELEVEN On Feb 4th With CPTV!

Travel with us to Washington state for an hour to visit with Matt Albee, founder and winemaker at Eleven Winery! Join CellarPass TV on Thursday February 4th, 6-7pm to learn about how Matt’s deep experience in the lab, the kitchen, and on the road prepared him well for the day that he first wandered into the cellar, and emerged a changed man.

FREE Registration HERE and your PRE-ORDER opportunity to taste along with their 2019 Eleven Viognier Yakima Valley, 2019 Eleven Mourvedre and 2019 Eleven LEM!

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The Varietal Show Gets Educated At Locanda!

The Varietal Show saved this gem for just such a rainy day, to explore these magnificent profiles of the Locanda Estate Chardonnay and Cabernet from the Beckstoffer Vineyards in Napa Valley. Join me, socially-distanced at the charming estate, with winemaker Brian Graham and special guest Liz Thach MW!

Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to my You Tube Channel for each weekly episode on Tuesdays at 12:30pm.

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CPTV Features Acumen Wines & Phillip Ashley Chocolates on January 28th

Did somebody say WINE & CHOCOLATE? Well then sign me up for the next episode of CellarPass TV, with guests from Acumen Wines and Phillip Ashley Chocolates to tantalize our tastebuds!

Diana Schweiger of Acumen (top) & Phillip Ashley Rix with a colorful chocolate display! (above)

Show starts at 6pm on Thursday January 28th, featuring a two-vintage vertical of our renowned Acumen PEAK Edcora Cabernet Sauvignon (including two 100-point vintages!). In addition to savoring this sought-after vertical, we will be unveiling the new Edcora Wine Molasses Dark Chocolate Bon Bons, which are infused with the 2015 Edcora Cabernet.

REGISTER & PRE-ORDER the Three-Vintage Vertical Tasting Pack, with exclusive event pricing. As an added treat, the first 25 people to order will also receive a complimentary box of six Edcora Bon Bons shipped directly from Phillip Ashley Chocolates.

CHEERS & See You Then! Christopher