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Three Sticks Cabernet Sauvignon & the Art of Blending – Part I

Three Sticks Cabernet Sauvignon & the Art of Blending – Part I   Winemaker Don Van Staaveren has quite the reputation for crafting world-class Bordeaux-style blends. He helped create Chateau St. Jean’s 1996 Cinq Cépages, which was chosen by Wine Spectator as the “No. 1 Wine in the World” in 1999. As we prepare to release our 2008 Sonoma Valley Cabernet …

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Three Sticks Cabernet Sauvignon & the Art of Blending – Part II

Three Sticks Cabernet Sauvignon & the Art of Blending – Part II   In Part I of “Three Sticks Cabernet Sauvignon & the Art of Blending,” we focused on the process of selecting the final blend. Here, we took time to sit down with winemaker Don Van Staaveren to discuss the vineyard sources and the general characteristics of the blenders, specifically …