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Richard Gomez: Chumash Tribe ready to launch own wine label

Richard Gomez, the vice chairman of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, shares update on tribe's winery in California:
The Camp 4 wine-making enterprise has been an exciting project for me to watch, not only because I am the tribal vice chairman, but also for my family because my daughter, Tara, is leading it.

Tara early in her career became interested in the chemistry and science of winemaking. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in enology from Fresno State in 1998. She's worked at California wineries and in Spain learning Old World techniques.

The tribe's winemakers moved their production to the Santa Rita Hills Wine Center, where they are leasing more than 8,000 square feet of their own production space. The wines then continued with the aging process in barrels.

Release of the first Chumash wines from Camp 4 grapes soon will be at hand. Our Kita wines will be launched in May.

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Richard Gomez: History in the making at tribal vineyard (The Solvang Valley News 4/11)

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