IN THE PRESS
Santa Barbara: Present & Future
Antonio Galloni, Vinous, September 2019
USA, California, Santa Barbara: Recent and Forthcoming Releases
William Kelley, Wine Advocate, April 2018
Potek Winery in Wine Enthusiast
"Santa Barbara: Better Than Ever"
Antonio Galloni, Vinous, September 2017
"USA, California’s Central Coast: Pearl Hunting"
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate, September 2015
"Potek Winery Keeps it Classy"
Matt Kettmann, Santa Barbara Independent, October 19, 2015
"A New Santa Barbara Highlight: David Potter's Potek Winery"
Producer: David Potter
Country: United States
Region: California - Santa Barbara
Farming: Sustainable, organic
Santa Barbara, located about two hours north of Los Angeles, is widely considered to be one of the most dynamic winemaking regions in California today. With its wide range of microclimates, everything from delicate Riesling to powerful Syrah is successfully grown here, making this region as diverse as anywhere else in the world. There is a focus on innovation here as well. A relatively low price of entry for sourcing high-quality grapes means that young winemakers have more favorable conditions for getting fledgling projects off the ground – and invariably with young talent comes ambition and experimentation.
David Potter is one of the new guard making a name for himself in Santa Barbara. After honing his craft at Fess Parker, where he was the assistant winemaker for several years, and is currently Director of Winemaking Operations, Potter went on to launch his first brand, Municipal Winemakers, in 2007, with a focus on making high-quality wines at entry-level prices.
If wine was a kaleidoscopic third eye, a glimpse into the future and the past, it would be the Nowadays line. This is wine as it was made in antiquity and should be made from now on. The future is unfiltered and chemical-free. It’s cloudy, dirty, funky, and steps into the cool, fragrant shadows at the hottest part of the day. These wines say “take me as I am.”