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.
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 2019features 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.
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.
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 10– Celebrating the 35-year Anniversaries of the Carneros, Russian River Valley and Paso Robles AVAs
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!
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 MonthlySomm 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 RoséRevolution & Aromatic Wine Picks for Autumn 2018! GET TICKETS NOW
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
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, 10-11:30am. Reserve 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
Join me for The Glass Makes the Difference at The CVM Store in Sonoma, where I explore the benefits of Stolzle stemware, July 20 from 1-3pm. More details on the flyer below, call 707-938-7917 to reserve your space! Cheers, Christopher