For Natasha the oak savannas, Pacific fog and four-wheel-drive terrain of Santa Barbara County are home. She graduated with a degree in Biological Sciences from California Polytechnic State University, but math and science were not enough. Natasha longed to get in touch with her artistic side, and to somehow fuse her knowledge of science with the beauty of nature. Shortly after graduating, she took a job working in a winery laboratory. She was hooked, and headed to U.C. Davis to earn an enology degree.
The rest, as they say, is history. Natasha’s resume speaks volumes about her talent. She has worked at Stags’ Leap, Meridian Vineyards and Jamieson’s Run in the Coonawarra region of South Australia – soaking up knowledge and experience along the way.
At Stags’ Leap she learned about the artistry of careful winemaking; how to ferment each lot separately, and watch as the individual characteristics of a vineyard develop into wine. During her tenure at Meridian, Natasha made first-rate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and cultivated her knowledge of California’s Central Coast. Jamieson’s Run provided yet another facet to her experience. The cooler maritime climate of the area coupled with its famed Terra Rossa soil provided vital winemaking lessons that Natasha brought back with her.
She says, “What I love about winemaking is that every vintage is different, and no matter how many years I make wine, I will never know everything there is to know.”
Spoken like a true winemaker.