The Sonoma appellation is more important to us than any other appellation. Wines from Sonoma tend to be more subtle and nuanced by nature. Sivas-Sonoma wines are made to be enjoyed with a meal, as has been the tradition in the Sebastiani family for generations. These wines are a marriage of Sonoma's sub-appellations to truly reflect the character of Sonoma County. Our winemaking approach is a blend of old world and new world style. The wines are rich in heritage while embodying Sonoma County's food friendly and relaxed approach to life.
Growing up in Napa, I quickly developed a palate for wine, as it was always a staple at holiday celebrations with family and friends. I really came to appreciate value-driven wines in college at UC San Diego, when I realized my college budget could not afford the wines that I was accustomed to.
So instead of following both my parents into the medical field, I took courses in plant biology and majored in Biochemistry. In the wine industry, I worked my way up from lab tech and lab management positions to work in the winemaking department at Don Sebastiani & Sons in 2001 and then eventually got the opportunity to run the winemaking operation in 2009. I love the blend of art and science in winemaking, and I think that it is truly a combination of strict science, gentle handling, and a good palate that helps make world-class wine.
At home in Petaluma with my wife Tracy and our kids, Lia and Sawyer, I enjoy cooking comfort food like homemade spatzle and pasta sauces. When we get the chance, we enjoy traveling in Europe for the history and wine, or scuba diving on a tropical reef.