Douglas Barden Margerum has been intimately involved in the Santa Barbara food and wine scene for over 30 years. Doug is regarded as one of the pioneers promoting the uniqueness and quality of Santa Barbara food and wine. His food and wine explorations started at an early age while traveling with his parents in France. In high school and college he worked in restaurants as a cook and server, continuing to follow his passion and learning more about food and wine. Coinciding with his graduation from UCSB with a degree in Business Economics in 1981, his family purchased Wine Cask - an existing wine store. What began as a retail wine store quickly expanded to include a simple bistro adjacent to the existing space. The restaurant garnered critical success from the outset with praise from Gourmet, Bon Appetit and the Los Angeles Times. In 1994, Wine Cask became one of 74 restaurants in the world to earn the Wine Spectator Grand Award. In 2007 Doug sold the restaurant to focus on his nascent eponymous wine production.
After beginning Margerum Wine Company in 2001, Doug began BARDEN wines in 2012. This couture label is an exploration of cold climate grapes grown in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA. BARDEN is Doug’s middle name and its English meaning is “Lives near the boar’s den”… thusly the label is adorned with an image of the wild boar that is pervasive in the area’s vineyards. Focusing on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, along with a few cold climate Rhône varietals, BARDEN wines inspire and evoke a feeling of being welcomed into Sta. Rita Hill's most pristine vineyards. Doug’s unique background with retail wine sales, as a sommelier in a Grand Award restaurant and as a wine maker made him sought out by a variety of wineries to assist in the formation of their brands. Doug has worked for Chêne Bleu super Rhône wines in France and continues to consult for Paradise Springs, La Encantada Vineyards, Happy Canyon Vineyards, and Rancho Boa Vista - all in Santa Barbara County.
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