In between all my comings and goings there is a wee space to satiate my journalistic beginnings. In addition to my occasional Sawyer Somm blog posts, take a minute to peruse some industry magazines either in print or online. The 2020 February/March issue of The SOMM Journal is a great place to start with my two published pieces!
As springtime quickly arrives we have a great way to enjoy the approaching change in seasons. Come to Gravenstein Grill, at 8050 Bodega Ave in Sebastopol, to try a different winery every week, in the Bartlett Bar from 5:30-7pm! Wine Wednesday is an excellent opportunity to enjoy a complementary tasting with a local wine producer.
Start your explorations on the last week of February with a triple winery feature from our next guest!
In the holiday hey-day I made a little visit to The Wine Road podcast for a chat with Hosts Marcy Gordon and Beth Costa. We discussed my history, various wine and food topics, including Jigar Winery and Gravenstein Grill. Listen to our conversation here:
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 .