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Margerum Wine Company

Doug Margerum πŸ‡ Owner/Director of Winemaking

Doug started his food and wine explorations while traveling with his parents at age 14 in France. His passion for food and wine was enhanced as he worked in restaurants as a cook and server throughout his high school and college years. Coinciding with his graduation from UCSB in 1981, his family purchased Wine Cask in Santa Barbara – which quickly expanded to include a simple bistro adjacent to the existing wine store. In 1994 Wine Cask became one of 74 restaurants in the world to earn the Wine Spectator Grand Award. Doug sold Wine Cask in 2007 after deciding to devote all of his energies to wine making. MARGERUM WINE COMPANY was established in 2001. Doug’s philosophy is to return to wine making in its previous form of production – handcrafted and personal. In addtion to Margerum & BARDEN wines, Doug is also the winemaker/consultant for Happy Canyon Vineyards, Rancho Boa Vista, La Encantada Vineyards and Paradise Springs of Santa Barbara.

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Stephen Janes πŸ‡ General Manager

Stephen is a Southern California native and not only has an incredible passion for food and wine but also brings over 27 years of sales, operations and marketing experience in the wine industry. He has a wealth of industry insight, knowledge, management of winery operations and their respective sales and distribution channels. He has a proven success with building winery sales teams and is a leader with Direct to Consumer Sales and creating benchmark Hospitality experiences. Stephen’s career through the wine industry covers large, corporately owned wine companies as well as small, family-owned and operated estate-driven wineries. Most recently, Stephen was the General Manager and Sales Director for Pence Vineyards & Winery in the Sta. Rita Hills, developing it and firmly establishing its reputation as one of the top wine destinations in Santa Barbara Wine Country. Stephen was most recently the President of the Santa Barbara Vintners Board of Directors.






Brooks Van Wingerden πŸ‡ Private Label Manager 

Raised in Santa Barbara, Brooks graduated from UCLA where she studied sociology and communications. While there, she worked for Sports Illustrated handling sales and marketing programs as well as market research for prominent advertisers. Upon graduation, Brooks worked at UBS Financial Services where she managed client relations and marketing programs for a high net worth wealth management team. After finishing her Certified Financial Planning degree at UCSB, she realized she wished to follow her passion for wine. Since joining Margerum Wine Company in 2010, she has used her financial background to quantify sales goals, manage the brand nationally for the company, and oversee the daily operations.


  Brooks Van Wingerden
Christina Panameno πŸ‡ Chief Financial Officer

Armed with her degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz, Christina landed herself an executive assistant position to the CEO of a prominent investment company located in the heart of San Francisco's financial district. Although she loved the experience that this afforded her, the beautiful central coast, a place where she is deeply rooted, was calling her back home. She set out in search of a career with a company that embodied the perfect ratio of hard work and good living and found a perfect fit with Margerum Wine Company.

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  Christina Panameno


Renee Grossini πŸ‡ Distribution Sales Manager

Renee has deep roots in the local wine community, she is the 4th generation of her family to live on their beloved ranch in the heart of the Sta. Rita Hills.  She started working at a neighboring winery part-time while going to college, fell in love with the fast pace and variety, and never looked back.  As a Sta. Rita Hills Wine Alliance board member, she represents and promotes the incredible wineries and vineyards of this unique AVA.  Renee is honored to continue on this path at Margerum.




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