We have to go back to 1979 to find the origins of Sterling Caviar, when a Professor in the University of California, David, Dr Serge Doroshov and his research team successfully bred white sturgeon in captivity, using artificial insemination. Professor Doroshov and his team chose the Acipenser transmonatanus species for their research because it was naïve to the Sacramento River, which is close to Davis, California.
In the middle of the following decade and thanks to the application of knowledge acquired by Professor Doroshov in the former Soviet Union and from his research at the University of California, Davis, a white sturgeon farm was set up at Elverta, California, on the banks of the Sacramento River. This was the start of Sterling Caviar LLC’s business and it thus became the first producer of sustainably farmed caviar in the world. Caviar from the farm went on sale for the first time in 1993.
The history of Sterling Caviar as an institution in the caviar industry has been recounted in books such as Caviar: A Global History by Nichola Fletcher, The Philosopher Fish by Richard Adams Carey and Caviar, The Strange History and Uncertain Future of the World’s Most Coveted Delicacy by Inga Saffron.