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December 2013

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AT HOME WITH . . . THE SEBASTIANI FAMILY HAS ACHIEVED A REPUTATION THAT EXTENDS WELL BEYOND THEIR HOME IN SONOMA. TODAY, THIS STORIED CLAN MOVES BACK INTO THE SPOTLIGHT WITH The Next Generation by Rachel Burkons / photos by Erica Bartel Mia Sebastiani, Donny Sebastiani and August Sebastiani, photographed at the Sebastiani family home in Sonoma. W Walking into the Sebastiani family home in the heart of downtown Sonoma, I am greeted by the sounds of laughter. Inside the gorgeous gourmet kitchen, Mia Sebastiani buzzes around the stove, while mother Nancy steps into the role of sous chef, expertly shaving grana padano atop the grilled Delicata squash that her daughter's prepared as part of today's family lunch. While Don Sebastiani retreats to his office to work, sons Donny and August enter, each carrying armloads of their respective wines and spirits, projects they've undertaken to continue the family's legacy of success and make it their own. They greet their mother and sister warmly, and while Mia continues to put the final touches on our gourmet luncheon, I sit with the Sebastiani sons in the family's welcom- ing sitting room. With smiling family photos on the walls documenting generation after generation of Sebastianis, I can't help but feel like I'm peeking into this family's soul: The air is rich, filled with warmth and affection. A veritable Sonoma institution, the Sebastiani family has been producing wine for more than 115 years, originally under the Sebastiani Vineyards and Winery label. Since the winery's sale several year's ago, the Sebastiani family has continued to explore new avenues and outlets, with the next generation of Sebastianis stepping up to the helm and steering the family name toward a bright future. With a rich tradition behind them and endless opportunities ahead of, them, this next generation is bound for success, bolstered by the love and support of their family. 64  /  the tasting panel  /  december 2013 TP1213_064-103.indd 64 11/23/13 8:34 PM

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