If only I could be in two places . . . why my obscure obsession with the coast of Oregon? Because I lived there of course! In Astoria to be exact, for two years of my High School career. A place that is still warm to my heart as well as the memories of delicious sea food. While I will be returning this summer for the many-year HS reunion, perhaps there are others that can be there this weekend for the official 35th Annual Astoria Warrenton Crab, Sea Food & Wine Festival. Running Friday April 28 through Sunday April 30th, swing by and enjoy if you happen to be in north west Oregon!
Ready to ride the rails? I will be there to enjoy this exquisite four-course gourmet dinner of seasonal offerings by Chef Donald Young. The Laird Family Estate portfolio will be tasted and discussed with Consulting Winemaker Brian Mox.
This 3 hour adventure is on the all new Napa Valley Wine Train, for the Private Reserve Dinner Series, aboard the 36-seat restyled Pullman rail car. Boarding for the special Laird Family Estate dinner will be on Saturday April 22 at 6:30 PM, with the train departing the station at 7:00 PM.
As I prepare another amazing experience for wineries and guests at the upcoming Telluride Wine Festival on June 22-25, thought I would share some pictures from last summer, with more to come.
Also, a reminder for wineries, this Friday April 15th is the deadline for early-bird pricing to register for our Grand Tasting event. REGISTER HERE or please send me an email if you have any questions. Cheers! Christopher
We certainly wish we could take Twisted Oak Winery up on their invitation to the Irish Day Parade happening Saturday March 18th! My family and I stumbled upon it a few years back and were pleasantly surprised by a little parade with lots of venders, including many wineries to tempt the palate. Totally worth the trek from where ever.
On the way there, up Ebbetts Pass (aka Hwy 4), you will breeze through the quaint town of Vallecito. That is where you can turn off to visit the friendly folks at Twisted Oak Winery and find out more about their upcoming Twisted Folk Concert Series. The dates are set for May 13th, June 24th, August 12th.
Let them know Chris sent you!
Word is out, Telluride Wine Festival will be June 22-25 this year, so time to get your travels plans a’ brewing! I will be there again and setting up some seriously awesome seminars. Details coming soon, but for now wineries can get signed up online with the Grand Tasting at: 2017 TWF Winery Registration
Wineries can also contact me directly about seminars, firstname.lastname@example.org: I look forward to finding a space for you to participate! Meanwhile, I will continue to share festival updates. And for more information about the Telluride, CO area check out this resource: telluride.com
Seriously! This is an opportunity to go taste some of those foothill wines I keep telling you about. In fact, I have 2 FREE DAY PASSES to this one, Behind the Cellar Door, for the first person to write a note to email@example.com with their mailing address. What you get in return is a weekend of touring the lovely Amador County wineries, towns and landscape. The caveat? I just ask you to report back here for all of SawyerSomm with your favorite wines from the tour. Believe me, you will thank me for this!
For those that aren’t quick enough on the draw, you can still
purchase tickets HERE until Feb 28th. Have fun everyone!
Announcing the judging results from my trip to Miami over MLK weekend for The American Fine Wine Invitational (AFWI)! This year 850 wines from 230 wineries were included.
The event took place January 15 & 16 at FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management. The AFWI is the most exclusive, top tier, all-American Wine Invitational in the world, and it takes place in our back yard. Over the course of two full days, 24 judges tasted and awarded medals to the invited wines. Here are the top winners:
BEST OF SHOW
Best of Show Red –
’13 Baldacci Family, Cabernet Sauvignon “Ruppert”, Napa $125
Best of Show White
’15 Chehalem Vineyards, Gruner Veltliner, Ribbon Ridge, OR $24
Best of Show Sparkling
NV Mumm Napa, “Santana” Brut, Napa (also Best Of in 2015) $50
Best of Show Dessert Wine
’11 John Anthony Vyds Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc, Napa $65
All of the wines entered into the judging will be available for tasting at the highly anticipated 10th annual AFWI Charity Wine Gala being hosted this year at the DCOTA, and taking place on April 29th. The Gala includes a “Sparkling” reception, The Wine Walk, a magnificent wine-centric dinner, during which, the award winning wines will be poured by the AFWI “Wine Angels”, and The Winemaker of the Year Awards. There will be a live auction, a silent auction and a “Premium” wine auction, as well as live entertainment and the opportunity to dine with your favorite Dolphin player all while raising money to support The Dolphins Cancer Challenge.
More information available at www.americanfinewinecompetition.org
Taste Restaurant in Plymouth, CA (Amador County) will have 20 different bubblies from around the world to be paired with a delectable selection of appetizers on Wednesday January 25th, 5:30-8:30pm. This walk around educational event is fifty dollars per person. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase their favorites at a special discounted rate. Reserve your flute here!
Delicious treats include
Prawn and Sausage Skewers
Goat Cheese and Bacon Tartlette
Oysters on the Half Shell
Caviar, Crème Fraiche and Potato
Beef skewers with peanut and red thai curry
Rice Noodle Salad
Roasted Squash Risotto Cups
Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese
Romesco and Prosciutto Deviled Eggs
Fish Cakes and Siracha Aioli
Meyer lemon tartlette
It is always a pleasure for me to review previous stories I have contributed to Industry Magazines over the years. Indeed, I learn a lot when writing them, but also have distinctive memories of the trips or tastings involved. Here is an article from a decade ago! Published in The Tasting Panel Magazine, which I still am working with after all this time. Enjoy this read!
The rumblings are true. I will be revisiting my college days by spinning vinyl at Winery Sixteen 600 (589 1st St West in Sonoma) for Vinyl Sunday. Together we will be celebrating Grenachista in honor of International Grenache Day this Friday. Get your tickets while they are still available: pre-sale saves you 5 clams.
To review your Grenache knowledge, watch this video produced for that purpose a few years back. Enjoy & hope to see you there!