Friday, September 19, 2008

Buena Vista Carneros Family!

Profile of the Week!

Meet our friends, Janine Flavo, Chef & Chris Sawyer, Sommelier, both of Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar.

Janine Flavo - Chef de Cuisine
Janine graduated from the Pennsylvania Culinary Institute in 1998 and cut her teeth working for at the Disney World Resort in Orlando. Since April 2005 she has directed the culinary program at Carneros Bistro located in the Lodge at Sonoma. She grows a magnificent herb and vegetable garden, that sources her seasonal cuisine, just outside the restaurant doors. Her dinner menu features local items such as CK Lamb T-Bone Meyer Lemon Cavatelli, Fava Beans, English Pea, in a Syrah Gelee. With an open kitchen, high ceilings and large windows overlooking the garden, Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar is a must stop in Sonoma Wine Country.

Ask about her famous smoked pork belly!!

Chris Sawyer - Journalist/Sommelier
A world-renowned wine writer, sommelier, wine educator and critic, Christopher Sawyer travels around the globe following trends in wine and participating as a judge in international wine competitions. Sawyer is also notably the world’s only Film Festival Sommelier, pairing wine selections with some of the world’s top independent films each April at the Sonoma Valley Film Festival.

Christopher is currently sommelier-in-residence at the Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar at The Lodge at Sonoma and Renaissance Resort and Spa, where he features an extensive wine list spotlighting wines from Sonoma County and Carneros. He also serves as the private sommelier for some of the area’s most well-known residents, including the Getty family in San Francisco and Pixar Co-Founder and Oscar Award-winning director John Lasseter, of Cars, A Bug's Life, Toy Story, The Incredibles and Ratatouille fame, and as consulting sommelier for an innovative new wine program at the Hilton in the San Francisco Financial District.

Born and raised in Sonoma County, Christopher is also a well-respected journalist whose articles frequently appear in the Patterson’s Tasting Panel, Click by LavaLife, Wine Business Monthly, Wines & Vines, Vineyard & Winery Management, Fine Life, Sonoma Magazine, California Wine & Food, San Francisco Chronicle, Press Democrat/Argus-Courier, Smart Meetings, and many other national publications.

The Lodge & Sonoma, Renaissance
Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar
1325 Broadway Street
Sonoma, CA 95476

More Winery Olympics Photos

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Winery Olympics

Years and years of training, pushing yourself beyond all limits, personal, I'm not talking about the Olympic athletes...I'm talking about our winemakers and the cellar crews. Ever tried to roll an empty barrel 25 yards? Straight? How quickly can you top off a barrel? Without spilling wine?

The local distributor team had the opportunity to show off their strenghts. Winemaker Jeff Stewart hosted a 'Winery Olympics' contest between 4 of the local sales teams. Events included the barrel roll, wine racking, and blind tastings of area pinot noirs. The grand prize was Jeff grilling tri-tips and sipping we were all winners!

Monday, September 08, 2008

Buena Vista at Tres Hombres, Petaluma - September 28th

Start your Sunday off in downtown Petaluma with a savory Tres Hombres brunch perfectly paired with some of the finest wines in the Ascentia Wine Estates portfolio.

Join me for delicious samples of:

2007 Geyser Peak Sauvignon Blanc
2006 Buena Vista Carneros Pinot Noir
2006 XYZin 10 Year Old “Vine-Aged” Zinfandel

Be sure to tune into Ziggy on her “Wine Wednesday” segment to catch the publicity of this fabulous event, as well as her great coverage of the ins ‘n outs of the wine biz!

Date: Sunday, September 28

Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Place: Tres Hombres Petaluma

151 Petaluma Boulevard South
Petaluma, CA 94952
(707) 773-4500


Thursday, September 04, 2008

Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar’s Heirloom Tomato Dinner with Buena Vista Carneros - September 10

Carneros Bistro Heirloom Tomato Dinner Wednesday, September 10.

Chef Janine Falvo will offer several creative tomato-centric courses, all paired by sommelier Christopher Sawyer with wines from Etude, David Noyes, Buena Vista Carneros, Gundlach Bundschu and Gloria Ferrer. $85. 6:30 p.m. For reservations call 707.931.2042.

Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar
The Lodge at Sonoma
1325 Broadway Street
Sonoma, CA 95476