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Doug Margerum

Owner / Director of Winemaking

Doug started his food and wine explorations at a young age while traveling with his parents 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 – which quickly expanded to include a simple bistro adjacent to wine store. In 1994 the WINE CASK became one of 74 restaurants in the world to earn the Wine Spectator Grand Award. He sold the WINE CASK in 2007 after deciding to devote all of his energies to wine making. Margerum Wine Company began in 2001. His philosophy is to return to wine making in its previous form of production – handcrafted and personal.

Doug is  also the wine maker for Happy Canyon Vineyards, La Encantada Vineyards and Paradise Springs of Santa Barbara. He is also the partner and  wine maker for CENT’ANNI, a winery and vineyard planted with a variety of clones of Sangiovese and located in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley.

He now devotes all of his energies to the production & promotion of Margerum wines and to the raising of his two children – Remy & Evan.

 

 

 

 

Michael Miroballi

Winemaker

Michael Miroballi graduated from Sacramento State with a degree in Geology and wanted to pursue a career connected to the earth near his beloved home, the Santa Ynez Valley. His first harvest with Margerum Wine Company was 2009. He believes in hard work, patience, and a commitment to excellence. Michael’s focus on producing wines of the highest quality and his passion for Santa Barbara County wines are tremendous assets to Margerum Wine Company.

 

 

   
     

Hugh Margerum

 Wine Club Manager/ Brand Promotion

A Santa Barbara resident since 1978, Hugh Margerum is an abstract artist, mobile app developer, squash player, author, and has been involved in the food and wine business since 1981 when he and his brother Doug opened the Wine Cask Restaurant in Santa Barbara. He currently is in charge of the website, online sales and is the wine club manager for Margerum Wine Company. Most recently, Hugh has spearheaded the branding and promotion of the Presidio Neighborhood, the historic area of downtown Santa Barbara that is now home to Margerum Tasting Rooms and the Wine Collection of El Paseo, along with a wide range of restaurants, shopping, entertainment, and cultural destinations.

 

 

 

 

 

Rani Mclean

Direct to Consumer Sales Manager

Rani Mclean received her Ph.D in Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research focused on wine production and wine tourism in the Napa Valley. She brings her experience of researching the wine industry as well as working in tasting rooms throughout the Napa Valley. Her dedication to hospitality drives her philosophy and the practice of all tasting room associates who thrive to educate each customer in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. Her passion for knowledge has led to her enthusiasm for wine. When she is not in the tasting room educating customer about wine she is practicing her third love, teaching at Santa Barbara City College.

 

 

 

   

Lucas Meisinger

Assistant Winemaker

Lucas studied Business Marketing at Sonoma State University, graduating in the Spring of 2012. While in college, summer break was spent working in his family’s Paso Robles tasting room, which is where he discovered his passion for wine. After graduation, Lucas decided to take his ambitions to Santa Barbara, where he sought out a career in the wine industry while also returning to his roots on the central coast. Lucas feels fortunate to have learned and worked in the wine industries of Santa Barbara County and Paso Robles for the last three years. He expanded his skills in many aspects of the cellar as a year round assistant winemaker and in 2015, Lucas joined Margerum Wine Co. He is excited to be working with the diverse microclimates and grape varietals found in Santa Barbara County.

 

 

 

   

Julia Weinberg

Cellar Master

Born and raised in Southern California, Julia decided she needed to experience a real winter and received a degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012. Having had enough winter for a while, Julia decided to pack a bag and see the world, or at least Australia, for a year. It wasn't until returning to California that she got her start in the wine industry working in a tasting room. Curious about the winemaking process, Julia joined Margerum Wine Company for the 2015 harvest as a harvest intern, soon making her way to #3 in the cellar, and finally cellar master. She is excited to continue to hone her skills in the cellar and the lab, as well as work with the new Margerum Estate vineyard.

 

 

 

   

Brooks Van Wingerden

Project 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. 

 

 

 

   

Christina Panameno

Office Manager

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.

 

 

 

   

Patti Rogers

Assistant Office Manager

Patti graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a degree in Business Administration.  After working as a computer programmer in San Francisco during her early career, she returned to the Central Coast in the late 1990s just as Santa Barbara County was becoming known as a premium wine producing region. With 20 years wine industry experience, Patti has enjoyed marketing, events, and administrative positions and adds her expertise to the Margerum team at the Buellton winery location.