Sebastien Pochan

The son of a French military doctor and an artist mother, Sebastien grew up in France and its exotic ex-colonies. A vague interest in biochemistry and alcoholic beverages (not in that order) led him to acquire an Enology degree from Montpellier University in the heart of the Languedoc. After a few harvests in Bandol, Languedoc and Sauternes, he arrived wide eyed and bushy tailed in Healdsburg in 1995 for an internship at Stonestreet winery that was supposed to last 3 months. 14 years later, he still hasn’t left town. During his 3 years as the winemaker at Christopher Creek winery, he met George Unti from whom he was buying zinfandel grapes and was very impressed by their 1999 Sangiovese. He was asked to join their team in 2001 and gladly accepted the challenge to make decent wine from great grapes. He has somehow survived 8 years in the somewhat hostile environment of a family owned and operated business and is asking for more.

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