Three Sticks Adobe Tasting Room is quite possibly the most unique, charming, and memorable tasting room experience I have ever had. This is because of the rich history found within the adobe property which was restored by Proprietor Bill Price (if his name rings a bell, it may be because he also owns Kistler and is an investor in Lutum Wines amongst other brands). Bill collaborated with renowned designer Ken Fulk on creating one of the most unique, stunning designs in California’s Wine Country.
For those like me who are not familiar with the history of the Adobe, Three Stick’s website does a great job sharing the background and history. “Constructed by Captain Salvador Vallejo, infamous brother of beloved General Mariano Vallejo, in 1842, the historic Vallejo–Casteñada Adobe is the longest occupied residence in Sonoma and one of the town’s few remaining buildings from California’s Mexican Period. Over the years, The Adobe has had a number of owners and configurations. In December 1947, Gregory & Harriet Jones purchased the property, which they called “La Casita”, and launched into a major restoration. Mrs. Jones’ estate sold The Adobe to her dear friends Robert & Leslie Demler in 1997 who meticulously cared for the building for the next 15 years. Bill & Eva Price purchased The Adobe from the Demlers to build Three Sticks in November 2012, 170 years after its original construction.”
The tasting setting inside of the Adobe on my second visit.
The gorgeous gardens connecting the main adobe house (shown) with some of the smaller houses where the intimate tastings are held.
The line up of wines for my first Wine & Food tasting experience. It’s hard to say which were my favorite as I really loved every single one we tasted. However, the Chardonnay that is sourced from Durell Vineyards is probably my favorite. I’m a sucker for Durell Vineyards which I learned about through Bill’s various brands, including Lutum Wines (another fabulous California Winery based in Santa Barbara County making amazing Chardonnay & Pinot Noirs), as well as another Sonoma favorite, Dunstan Wines, also located on the Durell Vineyards property.
The tasting on my first visit to the charming tasting room overlooking the gorgeous gardens. This is great for a small group with the amazing charm and gorgeous garden views.
There’s nothing like incredible wines paired with delicious cheese & charcuterie. I recommend doing the Food & Wine pairing which is $85 per person. The food comes from the El Dorado Kitchen and it really makes for a lovely and delicious experience.
Their incredible fire pit is just begging for guests to sit around it and sip on a glass of wine or roast marshmallows! Hey, a girl can always dream….
Me and Emeritus Winemaker Don Van Staaveren
Thanks to Three Sticks Winery for hosting me during my Food & Wine Pairing at the Adobe.