Category Archives: Virtual

Lloyd Cellars Joins CellarPass TV & ME On January 21st!

Check this guy out, our friend, one of Napa Valley’s most notable Winemakers, Rob Lloyd proprietor and co-founder of Lloyd Cellars! He will be with CellarPass TV to discuss some notable wines and beyond, Thursday January 21st at 6pm.

Visit CellarPass TV to register and pre-order their featured wines and have them shipped to your door in time for our broadcast and toast along with us!

Reflecting On The Varietal Show 2020: Some Good Things Did Happen!

Socially distanced visits with (top) the Bouchaine gang and (above) The Nerd Stalker – Adolfo Foranda!

Way back in March we suddenly had a lot more time on our hands. So you know how I kept busy, if you haven’t yet then now is the time for a The Varietal Show replay of my first year conversations and tastings!

Some of your favorites perhaps or something new to inspire your inquisitive mind. The playlist includes such notables as Bouchaine Vineyards, Bambury Wine Collection, Perli Vineyard, Petrified Forest, Tablas Creek to do just a little name-dropping. . . Sit down, login and watch through with a glass of your favorite anything!

Please remember to FOLLOW my channel for more exciting weekly episodes on Tuesdays at 12:30pm (PST)!

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Photo round up! Top, Murder Ridge from Perli Vineyard; David Wilson with Grape Encounters; Radio-Couteau: Bottom, John Bambury shares Bonneau and Egret wines ; Verde Vineyards selection; Haarmeyer Wine Cellars. CHEERS! Christopher

CellarPass TV 2021: Get Started Jan 14th with V. Sattui!

The schedule is rolling out so start off the new year with our first guest, Tom Davies of V. Sattui Winery in Napa. Join me and host Sarah Ellison for a stroll down Sip-tacular Lane on Thursday January 14th at 6pm!

Visit CellarPass TV to register and pre-order your tasting kit: Prepare to sip a little of history with us. You won’t find these wines on grocery store shelves! ~wink~


Celebrate The New Year With This Breathless Sparkling Show!

Taking a step back to April, when I joined this Inaugural Zoom “Virtual Tasting” of the Breathless Blanc de Blancs with Winemaker Penny and the Breathless Sisters: Penny shares recipes to pair, plus trivia. A perfect way to get your sparkling fix with me for the transition to 2021! CHEERS & HAPPY NEW YEAR from SAWYER SOMM!

Spread Holiday Cheer With This Special CellarPass TV Episode!

On-site and socially distanced at Spottswoode with Lindy Novak & Beth Novak-Milliken!

If you missed our live air date, never fret, I have it for you here! The special holiday inspired episode with Spottswoode Winery is linked here for your viewing convenience. So grab yourself a bottle to enjoy with some favorite holiday snacks and tunes, then follow this link below to join me for our titillating conversation.

CellarPassTV: Happy Holidays with Spottswoode Estate and Chris Sawyer Sommelier!



Annual BOHO Best Of . . . VOTE Until Dec 15th!

Getting a little late start on this with all the election fracas reverberating around the nation, but it is not too late to be heard: At least not for the North Bay Bohemian! Time to select your favorites in Sonoma County to honor those businesses keeping it real in the current pandemic.

VOTE HERE: Deadline is Tuesday, December 15th! And I would be honored if you choose me again for BEST SOMMELIER.

Cheers & Happy Holidays! Christopher

The Varietal Show Gets Cozy With Wine Legend Gary Eberle!

Gary Eberle is a California icon of wine, and The Varietal Show was fortunate enough to not only sit down and taste his Eberle Winery 1983 & 1989 Cabernet Sauvignon, but also chat about the interconnections between Paso Robles, UC Davis and CA wine history!

Check it out here and remember to hit LIKESHARE, and FOLLOW my channel for more exciting weekly episodes on Tuesdays at 12:30pm!


Join Me & CellarPass TV with Spottswoode Estate on Dec 9th!

CellarPassTV is back for a very special holiday episode, hosted by Sarah Ellison, featuring Beth Novak Milliken and Lindy Novak of Spottswoode Estate located in St. Helena California: Join us to chat about our favorite holiday traditions, recipes and of course their incredible wines. Show starts at 6pm on Wednesday December 9th.

Pre-register at CellarPass TV! Wines can be purchased there as well: Featuring 2019 Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc, 2017 Spottswoode Estate Cabernet Sauvignon & 2017 Lyndenhurst Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon!

The Varietal Show Says Happy Thanksgiving!

What better way to celebrate than with nature and family. In that vein this episode of The Varietal Show features my son and I on an outing in the Redwoods! Enjoy our adventure and many more on my YouTube Channel and more in this collection of The Varietal Show episodes!

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