Tara Gomez, General Manager and Winemaker
From the first time that she stepped into a winery as a child, Tara Gomez has loved winemaking. Her fascination for science and love for the aromas of wine always mesmerized her. With the help of a scholarship from her tribe, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, Tara attended California State University Fresno where she studied Enology. While still a student, Tara gained hands on experience during an internship at Fess Parker Winery. She graduated as one of two women with a Bachelor of Science in Enology in 1998.
Her craving for chemistry landed her an Enologist position at Fess Parker Winery following Fresno State. A few years later, Tara moved up to Paso Robles to be the Enologist/Lab Manager at J.Lohr Vineyards and Wines. During her time at J.Lohr Tara was able to help fine-tune the wine quality and discover her own winemaking style. In 2001, while still at J.Lohr she started her own label, Kalawashaq Wine Cellars, making Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Zinfandel and Cabernet Franc. During her time at J.Lohr, Tara enjoyed visiting Europe and traveling through numerous wine regions in Spain, France and Germany. Through her traveling Tara was in search of learning as much as possible about old world winemaking. After nine years with J.Lohr, Tara headed off to Europe to follow her passion of winemaking and learn traditional styles. For two years Tara polished her winemaking skills and learned to blend her new world techniques with old world traditions.
In 2010, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians purchased the Camp 4 Vineyard and Tara’s dream of giving back to her tribe came true when she was hired on as Winemaker. Tara’s passion for the process of winemaking can be seen in both the vineyard and the winery. Her Chumash culture can be seen in her dedication to the vineyard and giving back to the land through sustainability. She can be found early mornings in the winery soaking in the aromas and giving loving attention to the wines. Tara’s understanding of the site, soils and grapes allows her to shepherd the grapes into lower alcohol, elegant balanced wines with minimal input.
Tymari LoRe, Assistant Winemaker
Originally from Cypress, California, Tymari found her love for the wine industry during her summers of high school spent interning at The Mountain Winery in Saratoga, California. Following high school Tymari attended Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo where she studied Wine and Viticulture. During her schooling Tymari interned at J.Lohr Vineyards and Wines. During this internship Tymari and Tara met and Tara’s passion ignited the spark that would become Tymari’s hunger for winemaking. Succeeding this internship she spent a semester in Adelaide, Australia studying Australian winemaking techniques, styles and vineyard management practices. Upon returning from Australia, she took a lab tech position at Courtside Cellars, SLO part time to continue her hands on education and expand her wine chemistry knowledge. Tymari graduated from Cal Poly in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Wine and Viticulture Concentrating in Enology and Wine Business and Minoring in Agribusiness. In 2010, Tymari was honored at the American Society for Enology and Viticulture for Best Enology Poster for her research on Protein Stabilization of Sauvignon Blanc Juice.
Tymari’s craving for learning carried her to Europe for the remainder of 2010. She worked in Spain during the white winemaking processes and learned the art of combining old world ideas with a new innovative approach. She then went on to France to work the harvest with Domaine Henry Pellé where she was able to work exclusively with Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. This position opened Tymari’s eyes to the splendor of old world winemaking and she gained an appreciation for the importance and beauty of terroir.
Tymari returned to California to work as the Enologist for Rideau Vineyard where she not only managed the lab but also assisted in the planning and execution of all winemaking activities. Tymari was able to work first hand with the winemaker to understand the diverse collection of wine grape varieties and the vineyards they came from, one of these vineyards being Camp 4. Tymari has been an honorary member of the Kitá team from its inception, volunteering her nights and weekends helping with cellar work and running analysis. In 2011, Tymari officially joined the Kitá Wines team as the Assistant Winemaker. She shares in Tara’s passion to produce elegant balanced wines and can often be found in the cellar.