Join Gravenstein Grill for the final wine festival of the year: the Sparkling Wine Spectacular! As we jump into the holiday seasons, we will be showcasing the best wines to celebrate with – and of course that means bubbles!
Come taste 15+ sparkling wines from producers including Domaine Carneros, Gloria Ferrer, Ironhorse, Flaunt, Breathless, De La Montoya, Scharffenberger, Olivet Lane, Emeritus Vineyards & MORE!
As the weather is changing, we’ll be moving the event indoors (with some outdoor space weather permitting.) There will be hors d’oeuvres by Chefs Simontacchi & Colunga, and jazz guitar by Jay Messer. Don’t miss this end of the year extravaganza as we round the corner into winter!
Official judges and esteemed guests are invited to a blind tasting of French Champagnes vs. Breathless Sparkling Wine to pick their favorites. In addition to the blind champagne tasting, guests will be treated to fascinating champagne history, varietal insights, and tasting notes from the panel of experts, including:
Sharon Cohn, Sister 1-of-3 Breathless Wines
Sarah Doyle, Wine Reporter at The Press Democrat
Heather Irwin, Professional food and wine writer in Northern California’s Wine Country
Chris Sawyer, Renowned sommelier, wine educator, journalist, critic, and public speaker
Winemaker Penny Gadd-Coster of Breathless Wines and Rack & Riddle, shares with THE VARIETAL SHOW her evolution into making sparkling wines: With wine judging and winemaking in her pocket, she helps make life festive with her bubbly creations! We taste the Breathless Blanc de Blanc, Sonoma County & Blanc de Blanc, Reserve Organic, Cox Vineyard, Mendocino Co together and discuss the best food pairings.
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It is official as of today, Sunday March 26th, where the announcement was made at the SIFF Awards Brunch! Here are the best of the best, selected by our premiere judging panel. Try some for yourself to find out why.
BEST SPARKLING WINE
Breathless NV Blanc de Blancs, Sonoma County 98 Points
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!
It is the final stretch, next weekend we depart toward our embarkment in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The Celebrity Edge, with Costco Travel, sets sail towards the Eastern Caribbean on Sunday December 15th into an amazing row of islands with three spectacular stops: Puerto Rico, Tortola and St. Maarten.
I will be hosting a Pinot Noir reception, two seminars and a specialized luncheon. For those fortunate enough to be joining me, or just PN curious, then take a gander at the delicious Pinot Noir selection and education to be gained on the journey!
Pinot in Paradise Reception: To start the cruise off in style, the opening night reception will allow me to meet the guests. I will greet them with wine and give a short overview of the Passion For Pinot Wine Cruise events taking place over the next few days. Featuring: Cline Cellars, Gloria Ferrer Vineyards, Olivet Lane & Rodney Strong!
Pinot Noir Seminar #1: From Genus to Genius
On route to the Caribbean, I will cover the history of this noble grape in Burgundy and the Old World; the genetic offspring of the varietal (Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Meunier); and the emergence of this beloved grape and delicious new styles of sophisticated wines that have become the calling cards for the cool-climate regions of Sonoma County and other special winegrowing regions on the West Coast over the past 50 years. Featuring: Bacigalupi Vineyards, Breathless Wines, Rodney Strong & Roessler Wine Cellars!
Pinot Noir Seminar #2: Going Coastal
This special seminar will focus on a special series of cool-climate appellations, the term terroir, and the unique styles of world-class Pinot Noirs being made in the top regions of Northern California. A rare opportunity to taste and discuss the unique characteristics of each of these wines and how they represent the wonderful growing conditions in every sip. Featuring: Davis Bynum Winery, Gloria Ferrer Vineyards, Thirty-Seven & Zina Hyde Cunningham Winery!
Pinot in Paradise Luncheon
This extravagant luncheon focuses on top producers, revered vineyard sites, delicious flavor profiles of wines, and the history of the Russian River Valley appellation in Sonoma County. I pair each wine with delicious dishes making the experience that much more memorable! Featuring: Balletto Vineyards, Davis Bynum & Scherrer Winery!
Embarking on my amazing Pinot adventure, try these wines at home to create your own! Cheers, Chris
Looking forward to the amazing views inTortola BVI; Bacigalupi & Rodney Strong are both featured in my Genus to Genius seminar!