The Team

 

Michelle and Rick Carter

     
     Everybody has a story.  Here is ours...
 For those of you who know us, you know about our passion for the beach and wine.  Hopefully you have had the opportunity to walk along a beach to collect Seashells. During low tide the best and hardest to find shells are revealed. For those of you that still collect seashells, you are finding them harder to discover. For those of you looking for a great wine at a reasonable price, you might be finding that to be more difficult as well. We made the leap of owning a vineyard and producing a high quality, smooth, delicious wine. Walking through the full rows of vines, many of you will realize the beauty that compares similarly to that of the beach. And so, from this, the name Seashell was born. Seashell formation, as well as grape formation, is a reflection of the perfection, joy and beauty of our Creator.
We are so happy to introduce our latest, Estate Grown, varietals of Sea Shell Cellars. In 2008, we were able to make our dream possible and we made the leap of owning a vineyard.  We wish to share this new joy with you. Cheers...
 

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David Sartain                                                          

David was introduced to the wine industry at an early age by way of a family business that provided fresh fruit hauling for local  vineyards.  This exposure planted a seed early on that flowered upon the completion of his military service and travels abroad. When returning to his home in the Santa Maria Valley, David studied at Allen Hancock College focusing on Viticulture and Oenology.

In 2001, David started his career at small winery on the Foxen Canyon Trail in Santa Barbara County. “This experience opened my eyes to how important it is to have balance amongst the vines”, says David “it showed me that the first step to making great wine starts in the vineyard”.

Eager to pursue this passion further, David accepted an opportunity to manage a multifaceted winery in Paso Robles that hosts small wineries focusing on premium wine production. This position presented David with the opportunity to gain invaluable exposure to a wide range of varietals, appellations and winemaking styles. David continues to focus on his growth as a winemaker by traveling to diverse wine growing regions both domestic and abroad. With fore thought and planning he uses these experiences through creativity during the fermentation and aging process of winemaking.

“Working along the side of many talented winemakers throughout the years has taught me the importance of knowing the fruit your working with, what it is capable of and designing a winemaking style that will produce the best wine from your fruit. This mindset has helped me develop a style of making wine that is site expressive and is only tailored by the vineyard.”David L. Sartain

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 Jeff Streakes

Jeff, a general misanthrope and curmudgeonly spectator of the Theater of Life, was born and raised in small-town Connecticut.  With the enormous amount of free time afforded by both the completion of a degree and professional stint in biochemical engineering, he naturally took frequent trips out to Napa Valley in supplement of his passion for wine. Discovering in short order that his current job bore a striking number of similarities to winemaking, he abandoned his other dream of becoming a CDC Virus Hunter and made a bee line to UC Davis for his MS. Insert placements at Merryvale Vineyards in St Helena, Franciscan Estate in Rutherford, Mollydooker in McLaren Vale, Australia, and most recently at Round Pond Estate in Rutherford with our own, Brian Brown, and you’ve got the makings of a true addict. He’s got it bad.

Given that he lists his heroes as Statler and Waldorf (from the Muppet Show), Dr. Bruce Banner (aka the Incredible Hulk), and Captain Quint (from Jaws), its no surprise that Jeff found his way to Paso Robles instead of rooting himself in a more traditional wine region.  Not that he can’t frequently be found enjoying the much more classic combination of sushi and dry German Riesling…

 

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Tony Domingos

Fifth generation resident of the Central Coast.  Tony earned his B.S. degree at Cal Poly S.L.O. in Agriculture business. Management with a concentration Farm Management and a minor in Plant Protection.  He got started in the vineyard business with Hampton Farming Company in Santa Maria.  From 1992-1995 he was the viticulturist and pest control adviser on 3000 acres in Santa Barbara County.  In 2005 he formed Tony Domingos Farming, Inc., where he currently manages and owns several vineyards.    

Tony is a past board member of the CA Association of Winegrape Growers & Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance and the Santa Barbara County Vintners Association. Tony holds a firm belief in the promotion of California Vineyards and Wineries in the domestic market. A larger market share for California will ensure success for the Paso Robles Region as well as all other regions in the state.

 

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 Kevin Carter

His business card says "Manager, WineSeller " but he is really involved in every aspect of the Vineyard and Wine  Business.  Whether helping out with the upkeep and care of our wonderful vineyard to assisting with the harvest, crush and winemaking. From wine sales to tasting events Kevin truly makes sure the Carter family values are part of Sea Shell Cellars.  In fact, at one time or another most of the family is helping out.

 

 For more information please email us at info@seashellcellars.com

 

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