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January 8, 1986 | BRUCE KEPPEL, Times Staff Writer
Sam Sebastiani has been ousted as president of family-owned Sebastiani Winery in Sonoma--California's eighth largest--in a shake-up ordered by the clan's matriarch, Sylvia, who named her younger son, Assemblyman Don Sebastiani (R-Sonoma), as chairman and chief executive. Sylvia Sebastiani stepped aside as chairman, a post she has held since inheriting 90% of the company's stock in 1980 on the death of her husband, August.
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March 10, 2011 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times
2009 Leese-Fitch Cabernet Sauvignon Remove the price tag before you pour this wine: Nobody is going to believe this isn't a Cabernet in the high $20s or $30s, instead of one for $10. OK, that's a bit more than Two-Buck Chuck. But taste this one. It has the requisite deep garnet color and a lovely scent of cherries, blackberries and coffee. It's smooth and round in the mouth, tannins tucked in and soft, a lilting acidity. Leese-Fitch is a label named for the 1836 Leese-Fitch adobe in Sonoma.
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March 10, 2011 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times
2009 Leese-Fitch Cabernet Sauvignon Remove the price tag before you pour this wine: Nobody is going to believe this isn't a Cabernet in the high $20s or $30s, instead of one for $10. OK, that's a bit more than Two-Buck Chuck. But taste this one. It has the requisite deep garnet color and a lovely scent of cherries, blackberries and coffee. It's smooth and round in the mouth, tannins tucked in and soft, a lilting acidity. Leese-Fitch is a label named for the 1836 Leese-Fitch adobe in Sonoma.
BUSINESS
March 7, 1988
It reads a little like an essay on why my homework is late. But Disney Chairman Michael D. Eisner, in a stream-of-consciousness letter to stockholders in the company's annual report, apologizes for getting a late start on the message: "But, honestly," he says, "my delay has been caused by the numerous ice hockey games in which my 14-year-old son last played over the last two weeks . . . plus college interview time in four cities for my 17-year-old high school senior.
BUSINESS
March 13, 1986 | BRUCE KEPPEL
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.
BUSINESS
March 7, 1988
It reads a little like an essay on why my homework is late. But Disney Chairman Michael D. Eisner, in a stream-of-consciousness letter to stockholders in the company's annual report, apologizes for getting a late start on the message: "But, honestly," he says, "my delay has been caused by the numerous ice hockey games in which my 14-year-old son last played over the last two weeks . . . plus college interview time in four cities for my 17-year-old high school senior.
BUSINESS
October 30, 1987 | BRUCE KEPPEL, Times Staff Writer
Sam Sebastiani turned as he unlocked a shed down the hill from his Eagle Ridge Ranch home above town. The shed houses a tiny winery in which he intends to craft special wines in batches of 400 cases. "I call it Villa Vittoria --victory!" he said, pushing open the door. For now, Villa Vittoria is Sebastiani's only wine-making facility. But the new Sam J.
MAGAZINE
March 26, 2006 | [By Milt Policzer]
From Germanovich-Mayo vs. Don Sebastiani & Sons International Wine Negociant, filed in L.A. County Superior Court by a model who claims her picture was used without her permission: Plaintiff is "humiliated by the portrayal of her in Sebastiani's advertisement, specifically, the use of the slogan 'Be your own loon,' which appears across plaintiff's forehead."
NEWS
May 16, 1986
The latest California Poll shows large numbers of voters in both parties are undecided on the state controller's races to be decided in next month's primary. Among Democrats who had an opinion, state Sen. John Garamendi was favored by 24% of the voters, while Assemblyman Gray Davis was favored by 15% and Assemblyman Alister McAlister by 9%. But 52% of all registered Democrats were undecided. Among Republicans who had an opinion, state Sen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 1985
Consumers, disconsolate over the sellout of the California Legislature to the Seagram's lobby, can take heart. Gov. George Deukmejian is committed to the marketplace, to competition, and there is every reason for him to veto this shameless concession to special-interest money. "This bill makes competition a crime," Assemblyman Don Sebastiani (R-Sonoma), who knows something himself about the wine marketplace, said.
BUSINESS
October 30, 1987 | BRUCE KEPPEL, Times Staff Writer
Sam Sebastiani turned as he unlocked a shed down the hill from his Eagle Ridge Ranch home above town. The shed houses a tiny winery in which he intends to craft special wines in batches of 400 cases. "I call it Villa Vittoria --victory!" he said, pushing open the door. For now, Villa Vittoria is Sebastiani's only wine-making facility. But the new Sam J.
BUSINESS
March 13, 1986 | BRUCE KEPPEL
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.
BUSINESS
January 8, 1986 | BRUCE KEPPEL, Times Staff Writer
Sam Sebastiani has been ousted as president of family-owned Sebastiani Winery in Sonoma--California's eighth largest--in a shake-up ordered by the clan's matriarch, Sylvia, who named her younger son, Assemblyman Don Sebastiani (R-Sonoma), as chairman and chief executive. Sylvia Sebastiani stepped aside as chairman, a post she has held since inheriting 90% of the company's stock in 1980 on the death of her husband, August.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 1988
Why does Gov. Deukmejian expect California Republicans to rally in support of Lungren? In virtually every contested primary for statewide office in recent years, California Republicans have chosen the more moderate candidate. Ed Zschau over Bruce Herschensohn for U.S. Senate; Bill Campbell over Don Sebastiani for controller in 1986. Pete Wilson over Barry Goldwater Jr. for U.S. Senate and, lest we forget, the more moderate George Deukmejian over Mike Curb for governor in 1982. All indications are that the moderates (George Bush and Robert Dole)
BUSINESS
May 21, 1988
A. Martin Adams, president of Sebastiani Vineyards in Sonoma for two years, resigned Friday without explanation. The resignation came two days after Sebastiani, the state's ninth-largest winery, reached agreement with the Winery, Distillery & Allied Workers Union, ending a three-week strike. However, a spokesman for the winery said there was no connection between the strike and Adams' decision to leave.
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