About Us

About Me

My fascination for wine began at an early age. I remember going on wine tours as a child with my parents, and the smell, atmosphere, and process just mesmerized me. In high school I became fascinated with the chemistry and science that goes into the winemaking process. I pursued my intuition by attending CSU Fresno, and graduated with a BS in Enology in 1998. I got a taste of working at a few wineries such as Fess Parker Winery in Los Olivos, and J. Lohr Winery in Paso Robles. I spent nine years working as Lab Manager/Enologist for J. Lohr, and it was there where I met Larry Gomez, owner and winemaker of Via Vega Vineyards. I am currently in contract with Via Vega Vineyards, where Kalawashaq’ Wines are produced and bottled. My free time is spent traveling with my dog, Kahlea to Europe, touring the different wine regions, learning the Old World techniques, and tasting a lot of great wines.

About Kalawashaq’

When I set about fulfilling my dream to become a winemaker, I knew that my Chumash ancestry had to play an important role in my new venture. I wanted to use a name for my wine that represented my ancestors. It was only natural that I would name the wine Kalawashaq’ after a village where my Chumash ancestors once lived. In addition, the artwork on the wine label represents one of many ancestral rock art paintings from Painted Cave off of the Chumash Highway 154. It also signifies that Kalawashaq’ means “shell of the turtle” in Samala, the language of the Santa Ynez Chumash people. Kalawashaq’ itself has become a popular iconic symbol over the years for the Santa Ynez Chumash tribe. I hope you take this next journey with me into the world of Kalawashaq’ Wines.