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August 2014

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60  /  the tasting panel  /  august 2014 His Second Century of Winemaking DONNY SEBASTIANI'S NEW SIVAS-SONOMA WINES REPRESENT A FOCUS ON QUALITY AND HERITAGE by John Curley / photos by Erica Bartel T he Sebastiani family—one of the oldest lineages in California winemaking, and key players in the development of Sonoma County itself—is re-inventing its business…again. The undertaking is still very much about wine, as it almost had to be. But faced with changing tastes and markets, plus a chal- lenging period of inheritance and succes- sion, the family is moving into the future with an eye to the past—to its traditions and history of entrepreneurship. The Sebastianis' Sivas-Sonoma line of wines, just introduced in the Western states, represents a focus on quality and heritage. And to that end, father Don and son Donny Sebastiani welcomed to their home about a dozen representatives of The Estates Group, the fine wine division of Young's Market Company, to let them hear first-hand about the wine and about the company's intentions. Donny Sebastiani. "My great-grandfather, Samuele, began with bulk wine; my grandfather August pro- duced and bottled jug wines; my father, Don, cham- pioned individual varietal wines. Today, we focus on highlighting a specific appellation—Sonoma."

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