As winemaker/owner of Casa Dumetz, Clementine Carter and the Feminist Party wine brands, I am a tiny boutique producer mystified by Grenache and specializing exclusively in Santa Barbara County Rhone Varietals. I am also a journalist regularly contributing to Edible Santa Barbara magazine on our intricate and wonderful world of wine.
I approach my work with a lifetime of exquisite flavors, travels and experiences. A journalist by training and winemaker by drive, the two professions challenge me to craft timeless stories that are better when shared, each year unraveling a new chapter. My goal is to create vibrant, elegant and pleasurable wines using three main ingredients: premium Santa Barbara County fruit, dedication and hard work.
Wine came later in life. My undergraduate degree is in Political Science from the University of Michigan and my graduate work is in Journalism from Michigan State University. I received a Fulbright Scholarship to the Republic of Macedonia in 1998-1999 to study ethnic issues. The pursuit was to discover paths toward peace. I do it now more effectively with wine, one bottle at a time. My wine education and training are on the job, in the vineyard and the cellar, and through the viticulture and enology classes at Allan Hancock College. My first experience making wine was planting a vineyard in 2004. My first commercial vintage was 2008. I committed full time to wine in 2011 with the opening of my tasting room in Los Alamos, California. It was the most freeing experience of my life.
Casa Dumetz is devoted to its origins of Pinot Noir.
Clementine Carter is in love with the wild Rhones.
The Feminist Party GSM is the only multi varietal blend – a call to collective bargaining for love where everyone is invited.