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For April 2015

Margerum Wine Company
M5 2012
Santa Barbara County

Margerum Wine Company M5 2012 Santa Barbara CountyWe have received many compliments about the Margerum M5 and have been asked if we might repeat the M5 as the April Wine of the Month. We listen. So here it is, back by popular demand. I thought it best to reissue the March 2015 column in its says it all.

You may not be familiar with the Margerum Wine Company, a small but very important winery in Santa Barbara County, dedicated to producing limited quantities of hand-crafted, high quality wines. Let me explain. Doug Margerum, owner and chief winemaker at Margerum Wine Company, has been in the food and wine business since 1981 when his family purchased a wine store with an adjacent restaurant, The Wine Cask, in Santa Barbara. In 2001 Doug started the winery, producing only a few hundred cases of wine. Since that time the winery has grown, now producing about 10,000 cases annually with an emphasis on Syrah, Grenache, and Rhone-style wines along with Sauvignon Blanc and other varietals. Additionally, Doug is also winemaker at other wineries. We first became acquainted with Margerum wines many years ago at the Santa Barbara County Vintners Association Festival and have witnessed first hand the growth of this top notch winery. As Doug is still part owner of the restaurant in Santa Barbara, his wines have always been food-oriented, a plus in my estimation.

The Margerum M5 2012 is a Rhone-style blend of five grape varietals: Grenache 43%, Syrah 41%, Mourvedre 9%, Cinsault 4%, and Counoise 3%. The percentages may vary from year to year. Ruby red in color with aromas of dark fruit and spices, the wine is at first a bit firm but then opens up nicely with the Grenache bursting through, producing great mouthfeel. The finish is long and the tannins are not overpowering. The wine is well balanced and definitely very food-friendly. As is our usual custom, we recently enjoyed a bottle (shared with friends, of course), with Cotoletta alla Milanese and it was perfect. But it would be great with a steak, lamb, chicken, or even a hamburger.

For the entire month of April 2015, Biba Restaurant is offering the Margerum M5 2012 at the reduced price of $40 per 750 ml bottle or $10 per glass. I think you will be impressed.

The winery is located in Buellton, CA but two Tasting Rooms are in downtown Santa Barbara. Tasting Room #1 is located at 813 Anacapa Street (next to Wine Cask), Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Tasting Room #2 is located at 32 El Paseo (in the center courtyard), Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Tel: 805 845-8435 The winery web site is:

Remember: wine in moderation may be beneficial to your health. Wine in excess may be harmful to you as well as others.