Each week, as regular readers know, we pose a series of questions to a winemaker. This week, we’re featuring Don Van Staaveren, the winemaker at Three Sticks Wines, a small producer in Sonoma that mainly focuses on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the Durell Vineyard.
A graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where he studied fruit science, Don is credited with bringing international attention to Sonoma wines in 1999 when his 1996 Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cépages was named Wine Spectator’s “Wine of the Year.”
By the time that honor was awarded, Don had left Chateau St. Jean (where he’d been since 1976) for Artesa Winery. In 2004, he joined Three Sticks Wines.
Check out our interview with Don below the fold. Read the rest of this entry »