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Christopher Sawyer, Wine Judge for The San Francisco Wine Competition

Christopher Sawyer, Wine Writer and “Sommelier to the Stars”, Sonoma, CA

An internationally-renowned sommelier, wine journalist, wine judge, 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, Esquire and The Hollywood Reporter.

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.

In 2014, Sawyer was named the Best Sommelier of Sonoma County by Bohemian Magazine, and is the recipient of many more prestigious awards and industry honors. In addition to serving as the Head Sommelier at the Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction this weekend; Sawyer will be the exclusive Artisan Series Sommelier at Food Network in Concert held in Chicago on September 20th.
Sawyer’s new book—focused on the nineteen influential winegrowing regions on the West Coast to receive appellation status in 1983—will be released in 2015. To follow his journeys through the world of wine, visit

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