Doug Margerum thought he was out of the restaurant business. But after the Wine Cask, the Santa Barbara restaurant and wineshop his family owned from 1981 to 2007, closed under its new owner, he wanted to bring it back-and reconnect with consumers. Margerum teamed up with restaurateur Mitchell Sjerven and is backed in part by the property's landlords. The restaurant made its name with one of the best wine lists in the country, but was also popular with local winemakers and hosted the annual Santa Barbara County futures tasting. It became a hangout/classroom for then-up-and-coming winemakers such as Jim Clendenen of Au Bon Climat and Adam Tolmach of Ojai winery.
From the Nov 15, 2009, issue