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Winemaker Santa Barbara

Interview: winemaker Steve Clifton (Palmina + Brewer-Clifton)

I first met Steve Clifton on September 29 at the Hawaii Food & Wine festival’s “Streets of Asia” event. The accomplished winemaker, based in Santa Barbara County, focuses on two unique expressions of the...
Winemaker Santa Barbara

Interview: Ampelos Cellars winemaker Peter Work

Ampelos Cellars and Vineyard founders Peter Work and wife Rebecca are former corporate execs from Denmark and Alaska, respectively. They purchased 82 pie-shaped acres in 1999, planted 15,000 vines in 2001 and moved to...
Winemaker Santa Barbara

Interview: Alma Rosa winemaker Richard Sanford

My recent eco-conscious tour of Santa Barbara County included an eye opening Sustainable Vine Wine Tour, led by guide Bryan Hope. Our first stop on the biodiesel van was Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards,...
Winemaker France

Interview: Jean-Charles Boisset (Domaine de la Vougeraie)

Horses plow the soil instead of machines, workers spray tisanes crafted from estate-grown herbs instead of pesticides, and cow horns are buried beneath the vines to catalyze the energy of the moon, sun and...
Wine Santa Barbara

Interview: winemaker Doug Margerum (Margerum Wine Company)

Doug Margerum has made a big impact on the Santa Barbara wine community. Last year, he revived the iconic Wine Cask restaurant and tasting room with Mitchell Sjerven in downtown Santa Barbara. He started...
Wine Santa Barbara

Interview: Cambria Estate Vineyards and Winery owner Barbara R. Banke + winemaker Denise Shurtleff

Stewardship of the land allows a winery to flourish. At the northern end of Santa Barbara County is one of the state’s most renowned vineyards: Julia’s vineyard, a source of Pinot Noir grapes for...