The Sebastiani family feud took a new twist Wednesday with the naming of a Missouri distillery executive, A. Martin Adams, as president of the 82-year-old Sebastiani Vineyards in Sonoma.
Adams, 42, president and chief operating officer since 1981 of McCormick Distilling Co., Weston, Mo., succeeds Sam Sebastiani, who was ousted Jan. 2 by his younger brother, Assemblyman Don Sebastiani, his mother, Sylvia Sebastiani, and his sister, Mary Ann Cuneo.
McCormick Distilling, which is about twice the size of Sebastiani, markets Scotch, bourbon and tequila, among other distilled beverages.
Richard Cuneo, the Sebastianis' brother-in-law, had served as interim president. He has been the winery's vice president-administration.
"I'm very excited about joining Sebastiani Vineyards," Adams said. "Sebastiani has a strong position in the national marketplace and a long tradition of wine-making excellence."
The winery was founded in 1904 by the brothers' grandfather, Samuele, and in 1944 passed to their father, August, who died in 1980. At that time, Sam was named president and his mother, who inherited 90% of the company's stock, became chairman, a post she relinquished in January.