11/16 BOB CABRAL, THREE STICKS WINES, LARRY VAN AALST, THE SONOMA WINE REPORT
November 18, 2015•52 min
BOB CABRAL – DIRECTOR OF WINE MAKING, THREE STICKS WINES – HOLIDAY GIFT PACKAGES There is very good reason Bob Cabral’s name is synonymous with great Pinot Noir. With decades of experience in Sonoma County, Bob’s passion, experience and following for his work with the varietal is second to none. From 1998 to 2014 Bob was winemaker for Williams Selyem. There, he led the winery into a new era, overseeing an expansion of new vineyard sources and bottlings for the brand, along with the construction of a state-of the art winery. Bob’s interest in wine and farming began in childhood helping his grandfather make wine in a barn. Growing up pruning grapes, irrigating vineyards and harvesting grapes became routine on his family’s 70-acre ranch near Escalon, CA. A fourth generation farmer and grape grower from the great San Joaquin Valley, he took all he learned at the family farm and applied it to his degrees at Fresno State University. While in college, his passion for Pinot Noir became evident as he spent every spare dime, and a good chunk of his student loans, on buying wines from all over the world—mostly Burgundy and Russian River Valley Pinot Noirs. After graduating in the mid-1980s, Bob knew that Sonoma County was where he could best hone his skills and make wines to rival the best in the world. He spent 11 vintages in various winemaking positions—associate winemaker at DeLoach Vineyards, custom crush winemaker at Kunde Family Estate, winemaker at Alderbrook Vineyards and winemaker at Hartford Court Winery—before taking his seminal position at Williams Selyem. Bob’s winemaking philosophy has remained constant throughout his career—to source and farm the best fruit possible, with minimal intervention in the cellar. He was awarded the 2011 Wine Star Award from the Wine Enthusiast as “Winemaker of the Year.” He joined Three Sticks in 2015, with fervent enthusiasm. Bob lives in the Russian River Valley where and is a devoted husband and father to his wife and daughter. CELEBRATE THE SEASON WITH THREE STICKS' GIFTS We are pleased to offer you a selection of curated gift packages to celebrate the holidays. Reward your co-workers, thank your clients, surprise loved ones and simplify your gift list with Three Sticks wines. From single bottles to large formats, find the perfect complement for every recipient on your list. Each gift set arrives elegantly wrapped with a personalized holiday card from you. Place your order by December 4th to ensure your gift arrives on time! • Magnum Gifts | Limited Availability • Single Bottle Gifts | Three Options Available • Two Bottle Gifts | Give the Gift of Durellhree Bottle Gifts | Pinot or Mixed Sets • 2008-2013 Durell Vineyard Pinot Noir Vertical Only 3 available! WWW.THREESTICKSWINES.COM LARRY VAN AALST – HOST OF THE SONOMA WINE REPORT – FALL WINE TRENDS AND HAPPENINGS IN SONOMA LARRY HOSTS A WEEKLY PROGRAM ON CRN AND ALSO IS AN EXPERT ON WINE WHO IS SOUGHT AFTER FOR EVENTS, TASTES AND MAJOR SOMMELIER EVENTS IN THE SAN FRANCISCO AREA. HE COMMENTS ON THE INDUSTRY AND HIS THOUGHTS ABOUT WINE.