Sonoma winery hosts tastings at spiffed-up historic adobe.
Grape grower and vintner Bill Price owns two of Sonoma County’s most famous Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vineyards, Durell and Gap’s Crown. Though he sells grapes to other wineries, he reserves some of the best fruit for his Three Sticks Wines. Winemaker Ryan Prichard crafts wines from these estate vineyards and four others in Sonoma County.
San Francisco designer Ken Fulk spiffed up a historic 1842 adobe structure Price purchased to house the Three Sticks tasting room, a hundred or so steps west of Sonoma Plaza. With handmade-tile floors, dark exposed wooden ceiling beams, plush contemporary leather chairs, and judicious splashes of luxurious velvet and other fabrics, the interior (lead photo) feels both of its time and the present without shortchanging either.
All visits to Three Sticks are by appointment only. The individually hosted tastings include one of recently released wines and another involving food and wine pairings in collaboration with chef Abri Chavira. Two seasonal offerings showcase single-vineyard Chardonnays, one with oysters (May–October), the other with caviar (November–March). Some tastings take place outdoors in The Adobe’s garden or a tented lounge. You can also book a virtual tasting via Zoom.
Why go: historic setting; top winemaker; famous vineyards.
This story originally appeared online in 2017; it was fact-checked and updated in 2022.