Category Archives: Travels

THE VARIETAL SHOW Goes Large At Big Basin!

At the Big Basin Tasting Bar, just off the beach in Santa Cruz to be exact: A terrific place to experience these delectable wines. THE VARIETAL SHOW gets a taste of the mountains there with proprietor Bradley Brown, but don’t forget to take the scenic trek up to Big Basin Vineyards in Boulder Creek as well!

  • 2022 Rodnick.Farm Chenin Blanc
  • 2021 Kimari Vineyard Chardonnay
  • 2021 Old Corral Pinot Noir
  • 2019 Coastview Vineyard Grenache
  • 2019 Rattlesnake Rock Syrah
  • 2019 Sixty-Two Terraces Syrah

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Breathless River Cruise: Save $1K until June 30!

Get another glimpse at our “Vineyards of the Rhine & Moselle” river cruise–the picturesque landscapes, historic vineyards, and luxurious amenities–with Breathless Founder Sharon Cohn and Sommelier and Internationally Renowned Wine Judge and Educator Christopher Sawyer. Watch the WEBINAR for more details!

Special Rate $1000 Savings – Ends June 30th An unforgettable adventure awaits, are you ready? Embark on a magical odyssey with Breathless from Amsterdam to Luxembourg, July 23-30th, 2025.

Partaking In Pennyroyal Farm On THE VARIETAL SHOW

You have to admit, they have it all! Nestled along the scenic Hwy 128 drive through Mendocino, rolling into Boonville, is Pennyroyal Farm in Anderson Valley. Proprietor Sarah Cahn Bennett shares the wines & cheeses (of goat and sheep) with THE VARIETAL SHOW for the ultimate pairings. And we learn a little “Boontling”.

The Wines: Pennyroyal Farm 2023 Pinot Trio; 2021 Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley ; 2021 Pinot Noir, Monty In; 2020 Pinot Noir, Eye of the Needle Vineyard

The Cheeses: Pennyroyal Farm Laychee, Velvet Sister, Bollie’s Mollies, Boont Corners


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THE VARIETAL SHOW Visits Yorba Wines

It was a lovely afternoon in the foothills with Ann Kraemer and her dog at Yorba Wines! THE VARIETAL SHOW visited with her in Amador County, where we discussed the long history of vineyards at high elevations, going back to gold rush times, and amazing wine community. With nods to winemaker Ken Bernards of Ancien Wines.

Together we taste through her Yorba Barbera 2016, Tempranillo 2013 & Syrah 2014.

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Spectacular Starfield Vineyards On THE VARIETAL SHOW!

Heading east over route 50 is a scenic wilderness wonderland! This is where THE VARIETAL SHOW settles in at Starfield Vineyards & Winery with Rob Sinton, to enjoy a dazzling sampling of his high elevation wines. Placerville is in the El Dorado AVA, established in 1983, home to many wineries and a bucketload of California history! Taste along with us: 2021 Blanc de Blancs, 2020 The Miner’s Inch, 2020 The Big Canyon & 2020 Barbera Reserve.

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Watch the River Cruise Webinar – Link Available Here!

Did you miss our informational Webinar about the Breathless Wines-SawyerSomm AmaWaterways Unparalleled River Cruise Experience?

Well luckily, here is the LINK to watch our discussion about cruise details for that Vineyards of the Rhine and Moselle Wine Cruise on July 23, 2025, with hosts Sharon CohnBreathless Sparkling Wines & Chris Sawyer Sommelier, Kim Green– CruiseOne Dream Vacations. (Use Promo Code: SawyerSomm)

Give it a watch and let me know if you have any questions!

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Virtual Wine Cruise Webinar-Monday, March 18th

Please join our Virtual Event to learn about the Breathless Wines-SawyerSomm AmaWaterways Unparalleled River Cruise Experience, for details about our upcoming hosted Vineyards of the Rhine and Moselle Wine Cruise on July 23, 2025. (Use Promo Code: SawyerSomm)

A European River Wine Cruise ~ Summer 2025

Join Breathless Wines and Sawyer Somm for Vineyards of the Rhine and Moselle, next summer, July 23-30, 2025! Now is the time to book your cabin with special discounts, use the Promo Code: SawyerSomm before March 31st.

Featuring 7-Nights, starting off in Amsterdam, traveling through special German wine regions, along the scenic Rhine & Moselle Rivers, abundant with castles, to the final charming destination Luxembourg.

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THE VARIETAL SHOW Stops By Stoller Family Estate

The epic Oregon road trip continues for THE VARIETAL SHOW, with a visit to Stoller Family Estate: Introducing my good friends, Winemaker Melissa Burr and Vineyard Manager, Jason Tosch. We discuss the amazing Willamette Valley, which just finished celebrating 40 years as an AVA. Digging deep into soil and clones, we taste three amazing samples of their work: 2021 Stoller Reserve Chardonnay, 2019 Legacy Nancy’s Pinot Noir & 2020 History Colombia Valley Red Blend.

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AFWC’s “One Thousand Bottles” -January 14th!

Join me and the judging team of American Fine Wine Competition in Miami at the 17th Annual AFWC “ONE THOUSAND BOTTLES” event – to taste over 700 exceptional wines from small, boutique, family-run wineries across the US, including California, Ohio, Washington, New York, Colorado, Michigan, Virginia, and Oregon, while enjoying incredible food from local restaurants!

  • Meet award-winning winemakers pouring their wines
  • Win fabulous wine baskets at the raffle
  • Bid on exclusive private wine tasting experiences
  • Get 1000 Bottles TICKETS while they last!


Sunday, January 14th, from 6:30-9:00 PM FIU Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management,
3000 NE 151st Street, North Miami, FL 33181

All proceeds benefit the Joel Feigenheimer Endowment Fund, supporting scholarships in the hospitality industry and End Childhood Hunger.

Special thanks to our incredible partners: Smart Source Marketing, Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at FIU, Two Men & a Truck, Advanced Roofing, VENU Magazine, City & Shore Magazine, South Florida Business Journal, FPL, Coravin, RC Music Group, Chef & Sommelier, Rod Coleman, Esq. & Associates, Preiser Key, Cheney Brothers, Restaurant Placement Group, A Flair For Fudge, The CrepeMaker, Island Fusion, Fogo de Chao Miami Beach, Royal India, and Cristina’s Family Bakery.