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.
Born and raised in Spain by a Spanish mother and a Puerto Rican father who loved the outdoors and food and wine, Gloria was destined to spend time in vineyards and wineries.
Gloria brings a wealth of experience to her role as winemaker for Don Sebastiani & Sons, as she has spent the last fifteen years working up the winery ladder. She first worked as research enologist at Beringer Vineyards, where she learned all about winemaking and viticulture. She then served as director of enology at Domaine Chandon before becoming assistant winemaker. Over the next seven years, she spent time working in both sparkling and still wine programs at Domaine Chandon and its sister winery, Newton Vineyard. In 2007, Gloria returned to Beringer Vineyards, where she worked as the assistant winemaker before accepting that role at Jackson Family Wines. As assistant winemaker, Gloria handled all aspects of the winemaking process from grape to bottle, and coordinated the blending and processing of forty-one different labels across twelve different brands.
Gloria received a B.S. degree in Agricultural Engineering at the University of Seville, Spain, a second B.S. in Viticulture at CSU Fresno, and an M.S. in Enology at the University of California at Davis.
She is an avid reader and loves to create pieces of mixed art from discarded objects such as wood scraps, corks and whatever else she finds on her journey.