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THE SPOTLIGHT WINERY FOR THIS WEEK

Published on 3/2/2016
For additional information  Click Here

 

GOLD MEDAL WINE CLUB

DELIVERED TO YOUR DOOR

OUR SPOTLIGHT WINERY

Celebrating 22 years

"The wines produced by these boutique wineries are

among the best in the world."

 

 

A True French Approach to Winemaking

Margerum Wine Company

Santa Barbara County region

 

 

Doug Margerum, at 14 was quite young when he took an interest to winemaking. “My parents took their three kids to France on a family vacation,” he recalled. “My siblings were older and took off as soon as we got to the Rhône Valley. I was five years younger so I had to stay with my folks."

“When we started going to wineries, I found it quite interesting. They allowed me to taste the wines with them and we even went down to some cellars in the Chateauneuf du Pape region. I found it all fascinating. Then we had wine with dinner and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Margerum, now 55, also explained that Chateauneuf du Pape became his favorite wine."

 

 

As Doug became more serious about becoming a part of the wine industry, he recruited veterans Jim Clendenan (Au Bon Climat Winery) and Bob Linquist (Qupé Winery) who showed him the ropes of winemaking. Chuck Carlson, another noted winemaker, of Curtis Winery and a pioneer in making Rhône varietals in California also mentored him in his progression as a winemaker.

Doug, then opened a wonderful restaurant in downtown Santa Barbara called the Wine Cask. "The place possessed one of the finest wine lists in the entire country. It remains today as one of the Central Coast’s finest eateries.:

Doug, in 2002 introduced his own wines and Margerum Wine Company was born. 200 cases were produced in 2001 and put out to the market the following year. Each release of his vintage wines were greeted with success and "this year the winery’s production will top 14,000 cases."

 

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“We don’t typically enter contests but rely on the quality of our wines to build our reputation,” he replied directly. “When you are able to produce a really top product, you don’t need awards to build a following.”

 

Margerum Wine Company buys all its grapes from sources developed over the past three decades. “I guess there are about 20 growers involved in our wines,” he calculated. I have known these individuals for years and they treat me to only the finest fruit they can grow."

"What wine does with food is incredible,” he pronounced. “Few wines can actually stand alone. The remainder of the wines made should be enjoyed in the company of really good food.”

Taking a French approach, Margerum Wine Company, on each day, the staff gathers for lunch and talk in the same manner as many French chateaux and wineries do. "This gives the staff a greater appreciation of their work and accomplishments. It is also a fitting ending to the story of a 14-year-old’s first visit to France."

 

 

 

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http://www.margerumwinecompany.com/

 

 

 

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