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August 31, 2000 | MELINDA FULMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Continuing the consolidation in the California wine business, Sebastiani Vineyards Inc. has agreed to sell its main winemaking division and marketing arm to Wine Group Inc. to raise funds for the expansion of its luxury wines unit. Terms of the transaction weren't disclosed, but sources close to the deal estimate the price at $300 million to $350 million.
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December 23, 2008 | Jerry Hirsch
Yet another iconic wine estate has slipped out of the hands of a historic California family. Acquisition-thirsty Foley Wine Group of Los Olivos on Monday said it had bought Sebastiani Vineyards, a Sonoma winery that had passed through generations of family members over the span of 104 years.
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BUSINESS
May 17, 1987
Sonoma-based Sebastiani Vineyards appointed William Reading vice president-director of marketing.
BUSINESS
August 31, 2000 | MELINDA FULMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Continuing the consolidation in the California wine business, Sebastiani Vineyards Inc. has agreed to sell its main winemaking division and marketing arm to Wine Group Inc. to raise funds for the expansion of its luxury wines unit. Terms of the transaction weren't disclosed, but sources close to the deal estimate the price at $300 million to $350 million.
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
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.
BUSINESS
September 26, 1988
Changlee Beer, China's largest brewery, has signed on with Sebastiani Vineyards of Sonoma, Calif., as distributor for the United States and Canada. State-owned Changlee produced nearly 8 million cases of beer last year. Bob Carroll, Sebastiani's vice president for marketing, said Changlee is being successfully test-marketed in Chinese restaurants in Florida, Georgia and Texas, and will begin national operations in January.
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
December 23, 2008 | Jerry Hirsch
Yet another iconic wine estate has slipped out of the hands of a historic California family. Acquisition-thirsty Foley Wine Group of Los Olivos on Monday said it had bought Sebastiani Vineyards, a Sonoma winery that had passed through generations of family members over the span of 104 years.
FOOD
September 25, 1986 | NATHAN CHROMAN, Chroman is a free-lance wine writer and author who also practices law in Beverly Hills
"In 1985, no one in his right mind, least of all me, would have predicted that in 1986 I would be fired as president of the family winery, Sebastiani Vineyards, and within eight short months I would be making and marketing wine under my own label," Sam Sebastiani mused without a trace of bitterness as he and his wife Vicki geared up for the launching of their new label Sam Sebastiani Wines.
FOOD
March 23, 1989 | DAN BERGER, Times Wine Writer
The application for a fictitious business name, filed with the Napa County Clerk's office, said merely that the Sutter Home Winery, the largest marketer of White Zinfandel in the world, wanted to use 19 new brand names. Among them was the name Domaine White Zinfandel. After the recent flap created by Sebastiani Vineyards over the use of a varietal designation in a brand name, it was clear what Sutter Home was doing. But first the background.
BUSINESS
September 26, 1988
Changlee Beer, China's largest brewery, has signed on with Sebastiani Vineyards of Sonoma, Calif., as distributor for the United States and Canada. State-owned Changlee produced nearly 8 million cases of beer last year. Bob Carroll, Sebastiani's vice president for marketing, said Changlee is being successfully test-marketed in Chinese restaurants in Florida, Georgia and Texas, and will begin national operations in January.
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.
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
May 17, 1987
Sonoma-based Sebastiani Vineyards appointed William Reading vice president-director of marketing.
FOOD
September 25, 1986 | NATHAN CHROMAN, Chroman is a free-lance wine writer and author who also practices law in Beverly Hills
"In 1985, no one in his right mind, least of all me, would have predicted that in 1986 I would be fired as president of the family winery, Sebastiani Vineyards, and within eight short months I would be making and marketing wine under my own label," Sam Sebastiani mused without a trace of bitterness as he and his wife Vicki geared up for the launching of their new label Sam Sebastiani Wines.
FOOD
March 23, 1989 | DAN BERGER, Times Wine Writer
The application for a fictitious business name, filed with the Napa County Clerk's office, said merely that the Sutter Home Winery, the largest marketer of White Zinfandel in the world, wanted to use 19 new brand names. Among them was the name Domaine White Zinfandel. After the recent flap created by Sebastiani Vineyards over the use of a varietal designation in a brand name, it was clear what Sutter Home was doing. But first the background.
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April 27, 1986 | JACQUES LESLIE, Jacques Leslie, a former Los Angeles Times foreign correspondent, is a writer based in Northern California.
Some people think Sam Sebastiani displayed characteristic extravagance when he paid $595,000 for a mostly barren hill behind the family winery in Sonoma and then spent at least another $58,000 on a party last June at which the hill was renamed for the Sebastianis' ancestral village in Italy.
MAGAZINE
April 27, 1986 | JACQUES LESLIE, Jacques Leslie, a former Los Angeles Times foreign correspondent, is a writer based in Northern California.
Some people think Sam Sebastiani displayed characteristic extravagance when he paid $595,000 for a mostly barren hill behind the family winery in Sonoma and then spent at least another $58,000 on a party last June at which the hill was renamed for the Sebastianis' ancestral village in Italy.
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.
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