Don Sebastiani, Sonoma, CA
$10,800 to winners, $1,476,261 to losers
Don Sebastiani is a vintner and former state legislator in California. He took over the family winery, Sebastiani Vineyards, in 1986 after losing the Republican primary election for California state controller. Sebastiani was a three-term assemblyman representing California’s 8th District, which included all of Napa and Lake counties and most of Sonoma and Yolo counties, from 1980 to 1986. In 2001, he left Sebastiani Vineyards to start Don Sebastiani & Sons with sons Donny and August. The winery makes Smoking Loon, Plungerhead and other well-known wines.
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