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Read My Work About Rhône & Somm Camp in the Latest Somm Journal!

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!

 

My column Inside Sonoma is on  page 18.
Here to Stay: Sonoma County Producers Continue to Embrace Rhône Varieties

My article about The SOMM Journal Camp is on page 100.
With Love From The Russian River Valley: DeLoach Vineyards Leads SOMM Campers in a Regional Exploration of Wine and Vine

Happy Reading! Chris

The Stellar 2020 Wine Wednesday Guest List Continues at Gravenstein Grill!

Donald Patz will be pouring his wines on Wednesday February 26th!
Donald Patz will be pouring his wines on Wednesday February 26th!

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!


February 26: Donald Patz Wine Group

-Maritana Vineyards
-Terminim Wines
-Secret Door Winery

March 4: Trecini Winery
March 11: Emeritus Vineyards

CANCELLED! No Wine Wednesday the next 2 weeks.

March 18 rescheduled: Copain Wines now June 10
March 25 rescheduled: Acorn Winery now June 17

April 1 : Cancelled

Celebration postponed until Gravenstein Grill reopens!

Special Sparkling Celebration! with Paula Kornell Sparkling Wine & Gloria Ferrer

 

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CHEERS! Christopher

A New Year of Wine Wednesdays at Gravenstein Grill in Sebastopol!

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!
January 22:  Pedroncelli Winery
January 29:  Bacigalupi Vineyards
February 5:  Talisman Wines
February 12:  Shane Wines
February 19:  Miro Cellars
February 26:  Donald Patz Wine Group
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Top to Bottom: Pedroncelli on Jan 22; Shane Wines on Feb 12; Maritana Vineyard on Feb 26; Talisman (top two) on Feb 5; Miro Cellars on Feb 19 & Bacigalupi Vineyards on Jan 29!

Postponed—Wine Wednesday for Sawyer’s 50th & November Schedule Updates

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:

November 6Preston Farm & Winery

November 13th: Sommelier Chris Sawyer celebrates his 50th with the GG crew and four special vintners!  Breaking Bread Wines, Kokomo Winery, Radio-Coteau, Bacigalupi Vineyards
Wear a costume, taste some wine and come give cheers to Sawyer Somm!!!

November 20People’s Wine Revolution

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Voting Time! Bohemian Best of for 2020

Get your warm beverage, set at the desk and prepare to peruse the Sonoma County list of categories! I am hoping to retain my incumbency: I humbly request your vote as Best Sommelier.

If you need some reasons why to submit my name then maybe you need to have an Exclusive Sommelier Wine Tour, or private wine dinner with Fire & Vine, or just go to the Gravenstein Grill and sample from my wine list.  Why not?  Enjoy and happy voting!

Best Sommelier Christopher Sawyer
Best Restaurant & Wine List Gravenstein Grill

VOTE HERE!

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

Double Win in Best of Bohemian for 2019!

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.

Cheers! Christopher

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Vote Vote Vote! Bohemian Best of for 2019

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!

Cheers! Christopher

Merry Edwards Wine Dinner: October 25 at Gravenstein Grill

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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Happy Holidays from The Sawyers!

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 .

Many cheers to 2018!  Christopher