What better way to start a new Fall semester on campus than with a wine tasting of Sebastiani wines. For this first tasting, the room was filled to capacity with over 50 Millennials. Julie Butler from Sebastiani’s Hospitality group brought 6 wines to taste. Three were from Sebastiani Vineyards and Winery located in Sonoma, California, plus an additional 3 wines from Firestone Winery in Santa Barbara County. You may not be aware that the 100+ year old Sebastiani Winery was acquired by Foley Family Wines in December of 2008. Foley Family also owns 8 other wineries, including Firestone, Merus in Napa and several others in California and New Zealand.
According to SSU Wine Club President, Matt Lapides, the clear favorites of the evening where the Sebastiani 2007 Chardonnay Sonoma County ($13) and the Sebastiani 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon ($18) — also from Sonoma County. The Chardonnay was filled with rich tropical fruit notes and some light toasty oak; while the Cabernet Sauvignon was a dry red wine with rich texture and dark berry flavor. The 82% cabernet was blended with small amounts of merlot, malbec, petite verdot and petite sirah to add complexity.
Before she left, Julie reminded everyone that Sebastiani hosts Wine & Music Late Night Fridays for locals. Each Friday from 7-9pm, Sebastiani offers free music and discounted wine and food for Sonoma County residences. See www.sebastiani.com for more information.