Category Archives: Travels

Going MENDO With Martha Barra On THE VARIETAL SHOW!

It was my pleasure to taste wines up North with Matha Barra in the amazing Redwood Valley appellation. THE VARIETAL SHOW discusses her husband Charlie’s legacy in the North Coast region, his success as an innovator and 28 years organic! Taste their wines with us, Girasole Vineyards Pinot Blanc, and Barra of Mendocino Petite Sirah for the ultimate #GoMendo experience.

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Cruising To Alaska With Sawyer Somm!

Mark your calendar to join me for Alaska: Buyer’s Choice Wine Cruise: A 7-night Celebrity Solstice cruise starting July 29, 2022.

This Exploration Tour of West Coast Wines includes Classic Beverage Package, prepaid gratuities and unlimited surf internet (up to four guests), as well as these Somm hosted amenities:

  • Welcome aboard hosted reception
  • Private, four-course wine-pairing luncheon
  • Two private wine-tasting events

Hoping you can come along on this special event from Costco Travel. Stay tuned for more info about my Celebrity Cruise to MEXICO in OctoberCheers Matey!!!!

Its A Hard Rock Life for Somm Scott Reesman On THE VARIETAL SHOW

Coming to you from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sacramento, with Scott Reesman, Sommelier at the steak house, where he perfectly pairs wines with not just good food but patrons too! THE VARIETAL SHOW finds out what its like maintaining a wine list for such a dynamic clientele base, together we taste 2 whites & 2 reds:

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Buongiorno From Charlie Arturaola At CMB On The Varietal Show

Where are we? Thanks to Concours Mondial de Bruxelles (CMB), the largest International wine competition in the world, The Varietal Show is with Charlie Arturaola in Cosenza, which is on the ankle, of the boot, in southern Italy. He shares his knowledge about Calabrian Wines, history and legends of the area, the origins of wine, and the connection to California. CHEERS!

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The Varietal Show With Adam LaZarre Celebrates 2 Years!

That’s right, TWO YEARS, and thanks to Adam, and some creative staging during the uptick of a pandemic, The Varietal Show arose. This time I visited him at LaZarre Wines in Paso Robles, where we virtually span the states of CA, OR, WA, to taste his various wines; Moshina white blend, Portlandia Pinot Noir & “Big Believer” Cabernet Sauvignon, and finally Broadside Cabernet Sauvignon!

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Telluride Wine Festival 2022: Time to register!

Plan to join me at the Telluride Wine Festival, on June 23-26, 2022!  If your winery has participated before then you already know it is a great event in one of the most beautiful mountain towns, where you meet high-end clientele from across the United States. 

I am hoping you are interested in showcasing your wines in one of my educational seminars, for tasting, learning and greeting an ever receptive audience.

Sign up at the REGISTRATION LINK now, and put in the code: SAWYER to get on my seminar A-list!  Please let us know if you have any questions: wine(at)sawyersomm.com

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In Oregon With Ian Burrows On The Varietal Show

At the newly formed Laurelwood District AVA, The Varietal Show sits down with winemaker Ian Burrows. Join us for this special Oregon tasting in Willamette Valley for his Pinot Noir from Proteus Estate and Gamay from Aerea Vintners.

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YUMMY PAIRINGS with the wines of Ian Burrows: Proteus Estate & Aerea Vineyards!

McMinnville Wine Classic Awards 2022!

As seen in this gorgeous shot by Jason E. Kaplan Photography, the wine was flowing to perfection at the wine competition for McMinnville Wine & Food Classic, coming up this March 11-13.

See the McMINNVILLE WINE CLASSIC AWARDS results here!

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A few lucky judges also went touring, THANKS to the hospitality of Erath & WillaKenzie for the spectacular visits!

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The Results! México Selection 2021

DRUMROLL PLEASE Finally the results you have all been waiting for! 2021 México Selection, a division of the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles in Guanajuato, Mexico last month. Click the links to find out more!

WINE RESULTS

SPIRITS RESULTS

Cheers & Happy New Year from Sawyer Somm!

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MS/MW Doug Frost Is On The Varietal Show!

Experiencing México Selection 2021 with Master Sommelier & Master of Wine Doug Frost: We meet up at Concours Mondial de Bruxelles in Guanajuato, Mexico to film this special international episode of The Varietal Show! Together we experience Mexican wines, Mezcal, intriguing foods, including some insect snacks, where they truly honor the local flora and fauna. Join us to taste Cuna de Tierra and talk about wines!

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