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Christopher Sawyer, Wine Judge for The San Francisco Wine CompetitionSommelier, Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar, Sonoma, CA

An internationally-renowned sommelier, wine journalist, consultant, and public speaker, Christopher Sawyer travels the world following trends in wine and participating as a judge in international wine competitions, and has been featured in a wide array of national media, including USAToday, MSN, NBC, ABC, CNN, Redbook, Maxim, National Geographic Traveler and Esquire.

Already legendary in the industry for his encyclopedic wine knowledge and rich wine world relationships around the globe, Sawyer has been a personal sommelier for an array of luminaries and aficionados, from the Getty Family to the Gorbachevs, as well as for Oscar-winning director and chief creative officer of Pixar and Disney Animation Studios, John Lasseter.

Sawyer was recently named one of the Top Ten Sommeliers of Wine Country 2011 by The Wine Tasting Panel Magazine, and is the recipient of many prestigious awards and industry honors. In 2008, Sawyer created the “Sommelier Stars” program for the Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, the largest Wine Country event in Northern California. As the world's first Film Festival Sommelier, Sawyer conceived and curated the wine experience throughout the Sonoma Valley Film Festival, including creatively pairing wine and food with films throughout the festival and at celebrity tributes. He is also the official sommelier for Likelii, a fun new educational website focused on personal wine pursuits for all of its members.

In Sonoma County, Christopher is currently sommelier-in-residence at the Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar at The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort and Spa, where he has received numerous awards for his wine list spotlighting wines from Sonoma County, Carneros, and other precious winegrowing regions of the world.

Website: www.carnerosbistro.com  

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