Happy New Year to all you wine connoisseurs out there! Here is an invitation to a try tasting something novel every Wednesday of 2020 as a most splendid resolution.
To get started trek on over to Gravenstein Grill in Sebastopol (8050 Bodega Ave) for a Wine Wednesday tasting! It is weekly in the Bartlett Bar from 5:30-7pm, an excellent opportunity to enjoy a free wine tasting with a local wine producer.
Warm up with these upcoming guest wineries this Winter!
Recent events call for an updated schedule. There will be NO WINE WEDNESDAY on October 30th, due to the Sebastopol power outage, recent evacuations and ongoing Kincade Fire!
The new date is November 13th (details below), and will additionally support the Sonoma County Resilience Fund, which supports our community’s recovery by helping individuals impacted by the fires, healing the long-term effects of trauma, and creating housing solutions for our community.
So plan to trek on over to Gravenstein Grill in Sebastopol to experience any Wine Wednesday tasting in November! It is weekly in the Bartlett Bar from 5:30-7pm, and an excellent opportunity to enjoy a free wine tasting with a local wine producer, see schedule below:
Here is my ENTIRE list of recommendations if you have the time! Best Chef (Bob Simontacchi) Best Outdoor Dining Best Brunch Best Burger (featuring Sonoma Mountain Beef Company & Willie Bird Turkeys) Best Business Lunch Best Server⁄Restaurant Best Wine & Food Experience Best Romantic Dinner Best Bartender Best Fried Chicken Best Happy Hour
That’s right! I won Best Sommelier for the 6th year running, but now add Best Wine List to that. Have you tried out my award winning wine list at Gravenstein Grill yet? Time to check it out and get some delicious food by the fabulous Chef Bob Simontacchi to pair!
THANK YOU for all your votes and support! Hope to be seeing more of you at Gravenstein Grill soon.
Join me at Gravenstein Grillfor 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!
Sending seasons greetings to you all with hopes for INCREDIBLE things in the new year! I am looking forward to continuing my work at Gravenstein Grill, new wine classes at Feast It Forward, several trips including my first to China, pursuing publication of my appellation book, a blog upgrade (heads up!) and lots of quality family time. So enjoy friends, food and of course good wine over this winter holiday and embrace your own upcoming possibilities .
This just in!SawyerSomm lamb and wine pairing featured in the Robb Report. Check out my selection below and see all the featured wines in the article 5 Wines to Pair with Lamb. Happy holidays and enjoy all those delicious meals (with good wine, of course)!
Failla 2015 Syrah Hudson Vineyard
The 2015 Syrah Hudson Vineyard ($56), a new release from Failla’s gifted winemaker Ehren Jordan, hails from the celebrated Hudson Vineyard in Carneros, an appellation that will celebrate its 35-year anniversary in 2018. Fittingly, before becoming a prominent winegrowing region, this area between Napa and Sonoma was well known for the young lambs that frolicked in the pastures. “Lofty scents of dark fruits, fresh violets, and roasted meats lead to concentrated flavors of dark cherry, wild berry, fresh truffle, black olives and layers of spice,” says Chris Sawyer, sommelier at Gravenstein Grill and founder of SawyerSomm.com. “It’s got fabulous texture, and a deep, rich, and rewarding finish that is a perfect match for lamb.”