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July 2018

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62  /  the tasting panel  /  july 2018 RUM HAPPENINGS T he Sebastiani name is synonymous with Sonoma wine, of course, but the family's connection to the city itself has deep roots that trace back sev- eral generations. "I was born and raised here, my wife was born and raised here, and so were my dad and grandfather," says August Sebastiani, founder of 3 Badge Beverage Corporation. "Sonoma is a great place to be." Sebastiani affirmed his commitment to his hometown when his company bought a declassified firehouse from the City of Sonoma in 2015, retrofitting it to serve as 3 Badge's headquarters. "We completely rebranded our company to 3 Badge because of this building's connection to my family," Sebastiani explains. His grandfather was a volun- teer firefighter, and the company's name holds special meaning: "The three badges we refer to are my grandfa- ther's active badge that lived in his wallet for 30 years, his retired badge, and the honorary badge that was given to my grandmother when he passed away," Sebastiani recounts reverently. 3 Badge produces several wines and craft spirits, but among its enticing offerings is the Kirk and Sweeney line of Dominican rums. Before its develop- ment, Sebastiani had a moment of clarity regarding the generally unappre- BADGES OF HONOR KIRK AND SWEENEY RUM PROVES IT'S A BRAND WORTHY OF PRIDE FOR SONOMA'S SEBASTIANI FAMILY BY MATT JACKSON / PHOTOS BY JENNIFER OLSON August Sebastiani is the President of 3 Badge Beverage. explains. teer firefighter, holds badges ther's wallet and the to my grandmother my grandmother my away," 3 Badge craft spirits, offerings of Dominican of Dominican of ment, Sebastiani clarity clarity regarding clarity August 3 Badge

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