By the time Tara Gomez graduated from high school in 1991, she knew she wanted to be a winemaker. In many ways, she had been preparing for that role her whole life. But, she probably never imagined she would be making wine for her tribe, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians in the American Viticultural Area (AVA) of Santa Barbara, California, or that she would also co-own a nearby winery, Camins 2 Dreams, with her wife Mireia Taribó, a winemaker, that specializes in natural wines. Dreams do come true.
A Little History
Gomez traces her love of winemaking back to childhood visits to wineries with her parents. “We did the winemaking tours while my parents did the tasting. Sometimes, when I step into this cellar, the aromatics take me back to my childhood days, big stainless-steel tanks, and lab technicians in white coats doing titrations.”
Gomez’s early interest in science probably also played an important role in reinforcing her interest in... [...]