Three Sticks Wines

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.

Crews discovered artifacts dating back to the 19th century during The Adobe’s restoration.

Spiffed-Up Adobe

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.

Caviar and Chardonnay Experience.


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 pairing. Two seasonal offerings showcase single-vineyard Chardonnays, one with oysters (from late spring to early fall), the other with caviar (from late fall to early winter). Some tastings take place outdoors in The Adobe’s garden or a tented lounge. You can also book a virtual tasting via Zoom, and on weekends during harvest, hosts conduct tours of Durell Vineyard in all-terrain vehicles followed by a tasting and lunch under an oak-tree canopy.  

The Adobe’s garden is the setting for outdoor tastings.

Why go:  historic setting; top winemaker; famous vineyards.


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143 W. Spain St., Sonoma 95476

The six estate vineyards span from Durell in southeastern Sonoma County to Walala in the northwest.

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This story originally appeared online in 2017; it was most recently updated in 2023. 

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