Will Henry and Lane Tanner share a common vision: to make wines from the best cool-climate vineyards in Santa Barbara County, and to follow a regimen consistent with California’s early days of hands-on, honest winemaking.
The duo asserts that the most balanced (and thus memorable) wines are made from fruit that is picked relatively early on the harvest calendar, the end result being a wine that is livelier on the palate, deeper in complexity, lower in alcohol, and more worthy of cellaring.
Lumen has a strict commitment to honest and healthy winemaking practices, sources fruit from sustainably certified and biodynamic vineyards, and is a member of 1% For The Planet – donating 1% of all sales to environmental causes.
Lane has always had a reputation for being the first to call a pick in the vineyard. Even during the 1990’s and 2000’s, at a time when most of her peers were chasing Parker scores and pushing harvest times ever later, Lane held fast to her winemaking philosophy – scores be damned. Her wines were always more old-world in style, and built for aging gracefully. Ironically, her winemaking style has now come back into vogue.
Lane Tanner was the first independent female winemaker in Santa Barbara County, and the first to dedicate her entire winery to Pinot Noir. Her knowledge of the Santa Maria Valley dates back to her first vintage in 1981, as oenologist for Firestone, a job that the legendary Andre Tchelistcheff recommended her for. She later made wine for Zaca Mesa and the Hitching Post, and finally under her own label from 1989 – 2009. Her wines are notable for being low in alcohol and sulfites, a practice that she continues to this day.
Will Henry entered the wine business shortly after college in 1989 and worked at Leeuwin Estate Winery in Western Australia. He then entered wine sales and worked for The Henry Wine Group, his family’s wine distribution company, on and off for the following 20 years. In the meantime he became a widely-published journalist and photographer, and also founded the non-profit organization Save The Waves Coalition. His knowledge of sales and marketing is the perfect complement to Lane’s winemaking skills.
Both Will and Lane make the wines together in Santa Maria, CA. Will also owns, along with his wife Kali, Pico Restaurant in Los Alamos, CA, a winner of The Wine Enthusiast’s ‘Top 100 Wine Restaurants’ award for two years running. He also makes wine for Nuclear Wine Company, available only in a 12-oz can.
Justin, originally from Washington, DC, has been hooked on wine since she can remember. Named after the iconic Justin Isosceles, wine was always in her future. During her junior year at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Justin had the opportunity to study abroad in Adelaide, Australia. After turning 21 Justin decided to begin working with Lumen wines under the Cal Poly Wine Internship program. With the mentorship of Lane and Will, she has had the opportunity to learn the importance of vineyard locations, soil type, and clone choice over the past five years.
Justin has worked her way up to Assistant Winemaker after spending a sabbatical In Hawkes Bay, NZ at Pask Winery. When she is not in the cellar you can find her in the kitchen, watching scary films, or chatting over a glass of wine.