What's Cookin' on Wine with Michael Horn

12/2-Michael Horn & Nicole Nielsen talk to Morgen McLaughlin and James Ontiveros

December 2, 201316 min
Morgen McLaughlin - Executive Director, Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Association Morgen McLaughlin is the Executive Director of the Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Association a nonprofit membership organization representing over one hundred wineries in Santa Barbara County, California.  Previously she was the president and CEO of Finger Lakes Wine Country Tourism Marketing Association, a regional tourism marketing association in the Finger Lakes region of New York State and owned and managed a small vineyard and winery in Connecticut.  Morgen has undergraduate degrees in English and Secondary Education from Boston College and is completing her Wine Business Management Certificate from Sonoma State University.  In her free time Morgen enjoys hiking, cooking, traveling, wine and spending time with her husband and three sons. UPCOMING EVENTS: November 11 - December 6   |   10am - 4pm   |   Riverbench  |   Foodbank Donations December 2  |   11am - 4pm   |   Flying Goat Cellars   |   Penny Shipping December 6   |   5pm   |    Solvang Park   |   Annual Tree-Lighting Ceremony December 6  |   5 - 7:30pm   |   Lucas & Lewellen   |   A Jule Fest Christmas Open House December 6   |   6:30 - 8:30pm   |   Refugio Ranch   |   Refugio Ranch & Deovlet Wines Supper Club  December 6 - 8   |   9am - 9:45pm   |   Solvang Park   |   Solvang on Ice December 7   |   11am   |   City of Solvang   |   Solvang Julefest Parade December 7  |   11am - 3pm   |   Clos Pepe Winery   |   Lompoc Winery Barrel Tasting & Open House December 7  |   11am - 3pm   |   Riverbench  |   Holiday Open House December 7  |   11am - 4pm   |   Flying Goat Cellars |   Holiday Open House  December 7  |   Noon - 4pm   |   Koehler   |    Holiday Open House December 7  |   Noon - 4pm   |   Brander Vineyard   |    Holiday Open House December 7   |   2 - 8pm   |   City of Los Olivos   |   Olde Fashioned Christmas December 7  |   4 - 7pm   |   Longoria Wines   |   Olde Fashioned Christmas in Downtown Los Olivos December 7   |   5 - 8pm   |   Casa Dumetz   |   Holiday Stroll December 7 & 8   |   11am - 4pm   |   Ken Brown   |   December Special Focus Weekend December 8   |   9am - noon   |   City of Buellton   |   Buellton Winter Fest James Ontiveros - Viticulturist & Owner, Native 9 Native9 is the fulfillment of my own American story two centuries in the making.  Tracing my roots back to the first men and women who settled in the Santa Maria Valley, I worked for hourly wages along with my parents to buy a small plot of land our ancestors' 8,900-acre Mexican land grant: a modest cattle ranch where I planted my 8-acre vineyard and a panoramic view of the land that had once been our own.  Planted in 1997 by my own two hands with the help of friends and family while I attended Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, Rancho Ontiveros Vineyard is now considered one of the finest sites for Pinot Noir in California.  As a natural extension of my deeply personal vision for this vineyard, Native9 is made in small lots with a nod to both Old World sensibilities and New World stylistic freedom with the help of my longtime friend and vetted winemaker, Paul Wilkins. Though I wasn't born into the wine industry by traditional means, I have vine-growing and farming in

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