We all love to VOTE right? With the official election in sight, let’s all get warmed up with some online participation of this North Bay’s longest running Best Of contest.
Please remember to enter Christopher Sawyer for Best Sommelier & Gravenstein Grill for Best Restaurant!
If you need a reason why to add my name then maybe you need to have an Exclusive Sommelier Wine Tour, or private wine dinner with Fire & Vine, or attend one of my Somm Sessions at Feast It Forward, or just go to the Gravenstein Grill and sample from my wine list. Why not? Enjoy and happy voting!
Join me at Pinot On The River, this Sunday, October 21, from 11am to 3pm. A must-attend wine event in Sonoma County, featuring a full program of exclusive Pinot Noir tastings, artisanal food vendors, silent auction, and raffle. The event benefits the efforts of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County, helping serve over 10,000 YOUNG PEOPLE ages 6 to 18.
Use promo code VINE18 for 25% off general admission!
Join me at Gravenstein Grill for a very special evening featuring local winemaking legend Merry Edwards as she guides you through a lineup of fantastic Russian River wines produced right here in Sebastopol. Chef Simontacchi has created a dish to pair with each, designed to bring out the flavors of both the wines and the incredible foods available here in West Sonoma.
Check out the five course wine-paired menu below and call 707-634-6142 to make your reservations!
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I was fortunate to meet radio host Mike The Wine Guy host of In Search of the Good Life, at the Grand Opening of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. In such, I was able to hop on for a fun 10 minute interview with him!
Here is the link (scroll to bottom of his page) to listen in on that show if you have a little down time: Christopher Sawyer Of SawyerSomm
Plan your next trip to Napa for my fun and educational Somm Session featuring Rocca Family Vineyards, Terra Valentine and Oberon Wines.
This intimate monthly seminar, Exploring the joys of Cabernet Sauvignon & other Bordeaux Varietals, will introduce you to high-end pure Napa Valley Cabs; smooth textured and graceful Merlot; and spicy profiles of a limited-release Cabernet Franc straight from the mountains, in addition to featured winemakers.
Check out the full Somm Session Schedule for 2018 & get your TICKETS through Feast It Forward!
Get a little zapped at Zinfandel: Stories From Napa Valley with my Napa Valley Appellations Seminar and walk-around reception. Plan for CIA at Copia on Saturday, September 22nd, but if you cannot attend enjoy my zinfandel FOG DOG video instead!
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!
Participating wineries: Limerick Lane Cellars, Jeff Cohn Cellars, Davis Family Vineyards, Two Shepherds, Lasseter Family Winery, The Larsen Projekt, MacLaren Wine, Keller Estate, Dane Cellars, Montemaggiore, Eric Kent Wine Cellers, ACORN Winery, and many more!
There will also be a live performance by the wonderful Aly Rose Trio during the event. Get your $25 ticket at EVENTBRITE!
Get excited like me and my friend Merry Edwards! Mark your August calendar for these Wednesday evening tastings, 5:30-7:30, to chat up the ones that make their fabulous wines happen.
August 15 – Merry Edwards Wines
August 22 – Jigar Wines
August 29 – Wilson Winery
8050 Bodega Avenue, Sebastopol, CA 95472
Join me at the Gravenstein Grill for the evening of July 19, from 6-8pm, celebrating the incredible local Rosé wines of Sonoma County. We’ll have guest wineries pouring on our patio including Radio-Coteau Wine Cellars LLC, Kokomo Winery, Benovia Winery, Kobler Estate Winery, Friedeman Wines, Claypool Cellars, and more!
Accompanying the incredible wines will be seasonal passed appetizers by Chef Bob Simontacchi featuring the great summertime local produce of West Sonoma.
There will also be a performance by the incredibly talented Sebastopol band the Aly Rose Trio. Don’t miss out on this event, one of Gravenstein Grill’s Summer Wine Series!
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
Chris Sawyer Flyer