July 29, 2011 CASA Magazine • View online edition at CasaSB.com 35
Someone’s in the Wine Cellar
We Can Clone Grapes. Can We Clone Him?
By RICHARD and AMANDA PAYATT got him interested in the business. For a tasted over 30 of these wines, and were
Special to CASA dozen years Doug helped Clendenen and delighted by them all. Sadly, there isn’t
T THE TENDER AGE OF THIRTEEN, Lindquist make the wines. He wasn’t the room to begin to describe these wines
Doug Margerum was at the winemaker, but he was working with two here. It would require a book.
storied Clos des Papes winery in of the ﬁnest winemakers in California. The Margerum tasting room also has
France, doing barrel tastings of In 2001 Doug made the big move to a great collection from small producers in
Chateauneuf du Pape, when it hit him: making his own wines. He kept it simple France. Many of those wines are ones that
This is it! Wine is good living! He had at ﬁrst. His SYBARITE Sauvignon Blanc, are imported by... Margerum Wines. If
been eating and drinking his way across the ÜBER Syrah, and his M5 blend of ﬁve Doug likes a wine that he encounters in his
France and Italy with his parents, and Rhone Valley varieties (Syrah, Grenache, travels, and if he likes the people making
really enjoying himself. But this was a Mourvèdre, Counoise, and Cinsault,) were it, he arranges to import it. The upshot of
taste of something that really changed his the starting lineup. The wines got rave all of this is that every bottle on oﬀer has a
life. Now, his life is like a dream, traveling reviews at the restaurant and in the tasting story behind it, and Doug to vouch for it!
and tasting in France, California, and room. Soon Doug was consulting for a The Margerum tasting room is an
Washington, making wine, and sharing all series of vineyards in the Santa Barbara integral part of our Urban Wine trail. It Doug Margerum
his discoveries and creations with the rest area. And he just kept making wine until is not just a place for Doug to sell these
of us. it became apparent to him that he could wonderful wines. For him, it is a place to
Doug worked in restaurants through either run a restaurant, or make wine. He hang out and return to his roots in the you the story behind the bottle. You won’t
high school and college. It was with some had to choose. So, in 2007, he sold The business. With the restaurant on one side, believe how quickly the hours will ﬂy by.
persuasion that he talked his father into Wine Cask to focus on wine. and Intermezzo bar-café on the other,
Margerum Wines Tasting Room, The Wine Cask,
opening the original Wine Cask in 1981, In 2010 The Wine Cask reopened there is the opportunity to have fantastic and Intermezzo are located at 813 Anacapa St.
which they turned into a wine shop and under Mitchell Sjerven’s direction, with wine pairing evenings. Examples would be Reach them at (805) 895-4084.
tasting room. A bistro followed suit, and Doug as a partner. The adjacent tasting the recent Memorial Day weekend event,
soon the restaurant that we all know and room reopened, and now it features not celebrating the opening of Jim Clendenen’s
love. just Doug’s line up of Margerum Wines, new tasting room next door; and the Amanda and Richard
In 1986, Doug started making wines but also the wine labels he makes for other upcoming BBQ event on August 13th, their considerable
in conjunction with two of the guys that wineries, or consults on. This includes from 1pm to 4pm, with four chefs pitting writing skills with their
he had met when he ﬁrst opened up The such labels as BARRACK wines, Ten~Goal, Memphis-style BBQ against our local incredible knowledge
Wine Cask shop: Jim Clendenen and PIOCHO, CHUKKER, Cimarone, and tri-tip variety. Lucky for us, Doug spends and experience of
Cent’anne. This gives him the ability a lot of time at the tasting room, because ﬁne dining to bring
Bob Lindquist. He had been buying their you this column.
wines for the restaurant, but he wanted to to create a huge variety of wines with it is where every aspect of his life comes
actually get into the wine making part that diﬀerent moods and purposes. We recently together. If he is pouring, ask him to tell