Rhones Alone At Tablas Creek Vineyards On The Varietal Show!

Whew! SIXTY episodes in, so The Varietal Show is having a little vacay. But still taking time to send you halfway back to EP #30 (& 31) from last autumn, in this two-part sit down with Jason Haas at Tablas Creek Vineyards in Paso Robles! LIKE, SHARE & FOLLOW my You Tube channel, for weekly notifications on more exciting upcoming episodes, Tuesdays @12:30pm!

EP #30: On my trek down to Paso Robles The Varietal Show explored the joys of red wines made with Rhone varietals grown on their marvelous estate properties, featuring the first tasting of the 2018 Tablas Creek Esprit Rouge!

EP #31: My conversation with Jason Haas continues, reflecting on lessons from his dad with wine, and sharing 3 tiers of red blends including a tasty Mourvedre on The Varietal Show. Paso Robles wine country is open for business!

Epoch Estate Wines Talks AVA & Art on The Varietal Show

Here are two unique episodes of The Varietal Show featuring Jordan Fiorentini of Epoch Estate Wines in San Luis Obispo County! Scroll down to watch both and then LIKE, SHARE & FOLLOW my You Tube channel, for weekly notifications on more exciting episodes, Tuesdays @12:30pm!

First up is the York Mountain AVA that I got to visit with Jordan: Join us on this epic adventure where we talk about the beauty of this AVA, their 2018 Grenache and Syrah!

Next enjoy Jordan’s “visual tasting notes” as we try the Rosé and White wines together, for an epic discussion about pairing art and yummy food for summer!

The Varietal Show Takes 2 At Joseph Swan Vineyards!

Going backwards a bit to loop everyone in on my visit to Joseph Swan Vineyards, with The Rodfather, AKA Rod Berglund, and his tales from a terrific palate! Parts 1 & 2 of The Varietal Show interview are shared here.

#SawyerSomm sits down in Russian River Valley to taste the Valdiguié, Syrah and glimpse of a Simi North Coast Burgundy from the early 60’s! Then The Rodfather shares his knowledge about this landmark site and the historic Trenton region, as well as some Russian River Pinot & Chardonnay that is definitely worth talking about! LIKE, SHARE & FOLLOW my You Tube channel, for weekly notifications on more exciting episodes, Tuesdays at 12:30pm

#HWC2021 – The Video Collection!

We had a grand old time at the Home Winemakers Classic in support of Mt Veeder Fire Safe Council! For details and photos check out my previous post, but scroll down here for two of my spectacular winemaker interviews, featured on The Varietal Show, and a replay of the entire HWC event from July 17th!

You can also watch my Instragram interviews (@sawyersommelier) with Shari Staglin: Staglin Family Vineyard, Steve Sando: Rancho Gordo Beans, Angelina Mondavi: Dark Matter Wines & Walter Hamlin: Oakville Wine Merchant!

#HWC2021 Raises Funds To Protect Mt Veeder From Fires!

Fantastic results for a noble cause!

For more than 30 years, the Home Winemakers Classic has generated funding in support of fire safety for the Mount Veeder neighborhood in Napa Valley via a silent auction and a raffle. The virtual event was filmed at The Hess Collection Estate to raise critical funds for the Mt Veeder Fire Safe Council.

Mark Ibanez, Sports Director for KTVU Channel 2, and I discussed of some of the amazing Wine Auction Lots up for grabs, showed several short documentaries I did with my good friends at Lagier Meredith Vineyard, Judd’s Hill and MicroCrush. Concluding with announcement of the winner of the prestigious Nathan Fay Award for the 37th Annual Home Winemakers Classic!

Fabulous photos and Instragram interviews (@sawyersommelier) with Shari Staglin: Staglin Family Vineyard, Steve Sando: Rancho Gordo Beans, Angelina Mondavi: Dark Matter Wines & Walter Hamlin: Oakville Wine Merchant, are up now: Videos from our show will be here in a few days so plan to come back soon!

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On Top of Pride Mountain Vineyards With The Varietal Show

Pride Mountain Vineyards is right on the edge of Sonoma & Napa counties, and The Varietal Show had the fortune of discussing this dichotomy with Winemaker Sally Blum Johnson! We taste and talk about the Viognier, Merlot and Cab Franc, both in the bottle and history of the vines.

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It’s Alive! SawyerSomm Is Back From An Unexpected Hiatus.

Notice a few technical difficulties on The Sommelier Files this last month? Oopsie! We had to address some domain and security issues (Thanks Dmitry!): So stay tuned as we catch you up on some missed episodes of The Varietal Show and upcoming activities as this super summer roles along.

Meanwhile, you may have seen this already, but if not then take a gander at episode #50 of The Varietal Show from May, during #OregonWineMonth, featuring Master Somm Larry Stone, then read more of our amazing dialog here. Thanks for hanging in there! Chris

NVL: Rosé Style Wines for All Occasions

With a nod to National Rosé Day on June 12th, read my varietal article from the April 2021 issue of Napa Valley Life! Here is a starter to lure you in, finish it up by following the READ MORE link to their site. . . Cheers! Christopher

Drink Pink

“Pink sunshine” and “freshness in a glass” are catchy phrases Robert Sinskey winemaker Jeff Virnig uses to describe the winery’s latest release of the 2020 Vin Gris of Pinot Noir, a complex pink wine with bright, fruity flavors, crisp acidity, and long dry finish. With a brilliant pale salmon hue, this signature style has become the benchmark for where classy pink wines have come over the past thirty years and one of the many reasons wine lovers flock to Napa Valley in the springtime to get their hands on these energetic young wines before they sell out.

The road to rosé’s popularity in Napa Valley did not happen overnight.

When Virnig started making rosé in1991, his goal was to create a fun, quaffable, food-friendly wine that added instant excitement to gatherings any time it was served. But at the time, the impression pink wines were making on American consumers was swayed by the sugary imports like Mateus and Lancers, which flooded the marketplace in the late 1960s. When Sutter Home Family Vineyards winemaker Bob Trinchero released their White Zinfandel in 1975, people went crazy for it, but it was still snubbed by serious wine drinkers.

As a result, the first few vintages of the Robert Sinskey Vin Gris were sold to wine buyers and sommeliers in New York City, who catered to world travelers that were already familiar with the drier  styles  of rosé produced in France, Italy, Spain and German. As the years passed, this learning curve gave Virnig and other adventurous winemakers of Napa Valley time to develop special techniques now being used to create various expressions of rosé wines.

The Real TASTE of Amador County on The Varietal Show

The Varietal Show has a spirited discussion about the joys of wine, food and the Sierra Foothills with fellow sommelier and proprietor Tracey Berkner, who established Taste Restaurant, Rest Hotel, and Volcano Union Pub & Inn in Amador County with star chef and husband, Mark Berkner. We taste, talk and pair wine from Cedarville Vineyard and Turley Wine Cellars with some of her signature dishes.

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A few delicious signature dishes that we touch on from TASTE, and the cozy store front at 9204 Main Street in downtown Plymouth!

Watch The Rutherford Dust Society PNV 2021 Virtual Celebration

The #PNV21 Virtual Event was a success! It was an amazing presentation, fun was had by all. I was honored to lead this great show with members of the Rutherford Dust Society, and support the Napa Valley Vintners.

You can watch the show below with talented and energetic winemakers from Inglenook, Peju Winery, Frank Family Vineyards, Alpha Omega, and St. Supéry Estate Vineyards & Winery, seen with me in the photo above! Glad to represent and include the great wines from Morisoli Vineyard, Amici Cellars and Quintessa in my film pairings as well!