Filmmaker Martine Saunier will be in Sonoma on July 28 to discuss her documentary, “A Year in Champagne.” The event is a fundraiser for the Sebastiani Theatre Foundation.

Saunier will engage in a Q&A and discuss the Champagne region with the showing of her film.

About the documentary, Hollywood Reporter said, “‘A Year in Champagne’ entertainingly guides viewers through the winemaking process and behind the scenes to hear from the vintners who put the magic in the bottle. Quality production values, engaging scripting and fascinating characters.”

The film takes viewers behind the scenes into the real Champagne made at six houses, from small independent makers like Champagne Saint-Chamant, where each and every bottle is still turned by hand in the cellars, to the illustrious houses of Gosset and Bollinger, which have been instrumental in shaping the image of Champagne around the world.

“A Year in Champagne” is the second in a series of three 90-minute wine films. The first film in the series was “A Year in Burgundy,” which premiered in 2013, and the third will be “A Year in Port,” which was filmed in 2013 and is currently in post-production.

“A Year in Champagne” is an amazing look into a spectacular wine region,” said Jayme Powers, owner of Sigh bubble bar and organizer of the benefit. “Champagne is a difficult wine to produce and this film showcases the passion and the beauty of the people doing just that. The history and resilience of La Champenoise land and people is truly incredible. Sebastiani is such a gem for Sonoma Valley, and I feel so fortunate to be able to share this film with our community while benefiting the theater.”

General admission tickets are $25 and VIP tickets, which include Champagne and swag, are $75 and are available now at

The film will screen at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 28.

Watch the trailer at