Doug Margerum's interest in food and wine began on trips to France and Italy taken by his parents who loved to travel. After that, I deepened my knowledge of food and wine culture by training in both high school and college and in restaurant kitchens and floors.
In 1981, after Doug graduated from UCSB (University of California, Santa Barbara), his family bought Wine Cask, a wine shop and commercial brewing equipment dealer. After that, Doug opened a small bistro next to the wine shop, but in 1996, the bistro became so popular that he moved the wine cask to El Paseo in Santa Barbara and expanded it. .
Doug, who was involved in creating menus as a sommelier and chef, created his cuisine based on the experience and knowledge of food cultures around the world that he cultivated in his youth, and included elements of Asian and Mexican cuisine. It was California Cuisine. And it has been featured in various media as a restaurant where you can enjoy the best food and wine in a warm atmosphere. In 1994, Wine Cask won the Grand Award from Wine Spectator magazine, joining the ranks of restaurants with the best wine lists in the world. In 2007, he decided to sell his wine casks and concentrate on the management of the winery as the popularity of wine, which he had been making as a hobby while running a restaurant, caught on.
With a motto of handmade, Margerum Wine Company creates wines with character.
In recent years, we have been producing high-quality Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in small quantities under the BARDEN brand. This is a super wine that can only be made by Doug, who is known as a French wine lover.