Farewell but not Goodbye

4.05.13-shaneSanta Barbara Winery bids, “fare thee well” to Assistant Winemaker Shane Keck who has recently accepted a top position at Fleury Estate Winery in Rutherford of Napa Valley.

Shane first worked for Santa Barbara as a wine steward in our tasting room downtown for a year back in 2005. He then ventured to Stellenbosch, South Africa where he studied viticulture at the Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute. An invitation to work a harvest at La Motte Winefarm in South Africa’s famous Franschhoek Valley soon followed.

After returning stateside in 2010, Shane moved from our tasting room to the cellar, assuming the duties of Assistant Winemaker. During his three-year tenure as Assistant Winemaker, Shane continued his winemaking education by taking on-line courses offered through UC Davis Extension.

Shane left his signature on our 2010, 2011 and 2012 vintages. He will be missed but promises to visit often. We couldn’t be happier for him and wish him all the best. Go get ‘em buddy!

Carlos Mascherin-Fossek, CS – Santa Barbara Winery

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