A Tale of Two Women, One Winery, and Some of California’s Most Coveted Bottles

It wasn’t like at very first sight when Mireia Taribó and Tara Gomez satisfied 15 years earlier in California. “Kind of the opposite,” Taribó states with a laugh. They operated at J. Lohr Vineyard & Wines in Paso Robles, Gomez as the enologist and laboratory supervisor and Taribó as a cellar and barrel intern. After completing her operate in the barrel space, “she would come and interrupt the laboratory,” Gomez states of Taribó. One day, Gomez stated to her, “Hey, you desire to discover something? Follow me.”

Unsure, Taribó followed Gomez around the back of the winery to a little area where Gomez was making white wine under her own label, Kalawashaq’ Wine Cellars. Called for the town where her forefathers from the Chumash people when lived, this was Gomez’s little, self-funded enthusiasm task. Operating At J. Lohr footed the bill, however she ‘d constantly desired something that was her own. Gomez handed Taribó a beer from the refrigerator and informed her, “Okay, let’s get to work.”

Soon Gomez was choosing her up every early morning at 4 a.m., prior to their shifts started at J. Lohr, to assist with punchdowns (pressing the grape skins in tanks into the juice) at Kalawashaq’. When Taribó’s internship ended 4 months later on and she returned house to Catalonia, the 2 corresponded, and years later on, set up to operate at the very same winery in the Spanish Pyrenees mountains, Castell d’Encus (Kalawashaq’ Wine Cellars was postponed.) They wound up going to wineries all over the world together. Gradually, something began to bloom– not simply a working relationship however a romantic one.

The 2020 Graciano, flower with a fruity surface

Photo by Zachary Gray

” That’s how we developed the name for our own winery, Camins 2 Dreams Camins indicates ‘course’ in Catalan, so it’s ‘the course to our dreams,'” Gomez describes. “All of the courses we’ve followed have actually led us here to my home town.” Gomez still had the license for Kalawashaq’, however the 2 wished to concentrate on developing something brand-new that represented both of them. After a whirlwind wedding event and with extra financing from their moms and dads, they had the ability to move the winery to Lompoc, south of Paso Robles, and rebrand it as Camins 2 Dreams, opening the tasting space to the general public on June 21, 2019.

Their wine making design is extremely hands-off: They ferment with natural yeasts and do not do any fining– including representatives to clarify the juice– or filtering. The outcome is red wine that communicates a local color. Unlike a number of their next-door neighbors whose red wines are chemical mixtures of colorings, included level of acidity, and gloopy gobs of Mega Purple, their red wines represent terroir. They’re genuinely Californian, with strength originating from the striation of soils and direct exposure to sunlight, and freshness coming from the cool environment of the special transverse valley. “You’re never ever going to comprehend an individual till you comprehend where they originate from,” Taribó states. All of the very best wine makers worldwide acknowledge this essential parallel, and the really individual nature of Camins 2 Dreams has actually added to its cult following. The white wines have actually been gotten by suppliers in significant cities like New York and included in a few of the city’s most renowned white wine stores and on white wine lists of Michelin-starred dining establishments, consisting of the one I operate at, Cote

Before the Camins 2 Dreams red wines were even imported to New York, I ‘d become aware of Gomez and the vineyard land that the Chumash people had actually acquired in Santa Ynez through my spouse, who was choosing fruit from the vineyards for his winery job, Railsback Frères On my next check out to California, I connected to Gomez and she enthusiastically satisfied me at the Lompoc tasting space for her people’s white wine, Kitá The red wines were scrumptious, it was this little side task, Camins 2 Dreams, that was electrifying. That was 2 years back, and now it appears as if more of America has actually fallen for not just the white wines however the females behind the task.

Garnacha that Camins 2 Dreams will gather quickly

Photo by Zachary Gray

While numerous surrounding wineries in Santa Barbara County are producing the easier-to-sell Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Taribó and Gomez have actually hung their hats on more odd ranges such as Graciano. It’s a vibrant option that talks to their conviction to follow their own course, in spite of how tough it remains in the red wine market.

Vineyard employees question their choice of when to select the grapes, customers make offhand remarks about Indigenous individuals and alcohol addiction, and circulation in other markets is nearly difficult to protect unless one belongs of the homogenous inner circle of red wine. Taribó is utilized to the battle–” I originate from a culture that’s been defending self-reliance from our Spanish next-door neighbors,” she states– however acknowledges that this is absolutely nothing compared to what Gomez has actually dealt with. “I simply can’t get a break,” Gomez states. “The very first thing individuals see is my skin color.” In spite of the chances she was provided to participate in independent school and to study enology thanks to financial backing from her people, Gomez felt alone. She was among 2 females in the program and the only Indigenous individual. “I seem like a statue in a museum. That’s how individuals view me, and it harms,” she states.

Still, they take pride in their roots, and the course they have actually paved assists other marginalized groups discover a method into the market. Gomez and Taribó coach a number of up-and-coming enologists, and much of them lastly see themselves shown. In the old young boys’ club of red wine, it’s uncommon to fulfill ladies in positions of power– not to mention 2 females wed, one Indigenous and one who has actually immigrated, with their own organization. Since 2020 simply 14 percent of California’s manufacturers had a lady wine maker, according to a research study by Santa Clara University. “We wish to have the ability to represent and be a support system,” Gomez states, “to reveal individuals that we defended this and look, we’ve made it. You can too.”

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