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Margerum Wine Company

Doug Margerum

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. 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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Doug Margerum

 

 

 

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.

 

Michael Miroballi

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hugh Margerum

Wine Club Manager/ Brand Promotion

A Santa Barbara resident since 1978, Hugh Margerum is an abstract artist, ping pong aficionado, 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, brand promotion and is the wine club manager for Margerum Wine Company. Most recently, Hugh has spearheaded the branding and promotion of Industrial Way where the winery is located, and  Presidio Neighborhood, the historic area of downtown Santa Barbara that is home to the Margerum Tasting Room, along with a wide range of restaurants, shopping, entertainment, and cultural destinations.

 

Hugh Margerum

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Rani Mclean

 

 

 

 

Emily Ludden

Assistant Winemaker

A local who decided to stay local, Emily was born in Lompoc, earned a bachelor’s in political science from UCSB and a Master of Public Policy from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. In 2013 she was asked “Are you interested in production?” a question that would her lead towards a career in winemaking. With vintages in New Zealand, Australia, Oregon, and up and down California’s coast, Emily is happy to be putting roots in the Central Coast having joined Margerum in 2018. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Julia Weinberg

Sales and Marketing

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. 

 

Julia Weinberg

 

 

 

 

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. 

 


Brooks Van Wingerden

 

 

 

Christina Panameno

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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Morgan Kelley

Barden Tasting Room Manager

After graduating the University of California, Santa Barbara with a major in Aquatic Biology, Morgan worked as a harvest intern for Margerum 2018 vintage in Buellton. Here, she learned the ins and outs of making the personal and refined wines Margerum is known for. Morgan discovered her passion for science and agriculture as a young girl however, while working as a restaurant server during college, her bright presence led her to uncover a new savvy-- hospitality. Her dedication to learning has prompted her to continue to strive for more knowledge of wine making, in which she hopes to use to educate customers in the tasting room. She is excited and honored to be part of such a wonderful team who gives her that “small, hometown feel” she grew up with before coming to Santa Barbara.

 

Morgan Kelley

 

Renee Grossini

Office 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.

   
   

Linnea Frazier

Brand Promotion

Raised in Southern California to a Swedish mother and an American father, Linnea spent time in both countries growing up. Deciding to experience the true meaning of rain, she pursued a degree in Rhetoric and Media up at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. With a desire to get her hands dirty after graduation, she jumped into working the 2017 harvest at Tablas Creek in Paso Robles and promptly fell in love with the world of nuanced winemaking. Spending a couple years there working vintages in the cellar, as well as working in the Marketing, Media, and Hospitality departments only solidified her passion for the wine industry. Joining the Margerum family in 2019, you can find Linnea promoting both the Margerum and Barden brands at the Buellton facility as well as the tasting rooms in Santa Barbara.

   
     

Raul Figueroa

Warehouse Manager
   

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