We admit it, we're island people. Dave originating
from the British Isles, Karen having lived part of her nomadic
life in St. Croix, and vacations always somewhere in the tropics.
The Seagrape tree (Coccoloba uvifera) is found near seaside beaches
and is a visual reminder of both our winemaking roots and our love
of the islands.
also both refugees from the tech world. Karen's last job in the
real world was in marketing at a high-tech startup and Dave managed
As huge fans of Santa Barbara Country wines, especially
Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from what was then the most
westerly part of the Santa Ynez Valley appellation, we were frequent
visitors to this wine country paradise.
About the same
time that this area was recognized as the distinct Sta. Rita
Hills appellation, Karen was working as the lowest of the low in
a winery, a cellar
rat shovelling stems, cleaning out fermenters, hefting barrels...
In 2007, her seventh vintage in the wine business, Karen became
winemaker at Buttonwood
Farm Winery and we are very grateful to
the folks there (Betty, Bret, Seyburn and the rest of the cru)
that they give us the freedom to make Seagrape Wine Company wines
Dave, meanwhile, finally had enough of freeway congestion and
his business in 2005 to Lompoc, where he now offers wineries logistics,
warehousing, website and e-commerce solutions through Vintegrated
So here we are – no “Sig Alerts”, not a cubicle
in sight, no power suits or uncomfortable shoes.
And every morning, as the marine fog rolls in from the nearby Pacific
Ocean through our winegrowing region, we’re reminded of the
ocean and the vineyards and wine – Seagrape!