Life has come full circle for Dick Doré. Born and raised on the family-owned Rancho Tinaquaic, this sixth generation Santa Barbara County resident returned to his roots in 1985 where he established the FOXEN with partner Bill Wathen.
After working as a banker in the late sixties and seventies, this University of California at Santa Barbara graduate gave up his nine-to-five job and moved his family to Europe. Over the next year and a half, Dick traveled the back roads of France, Italy and Spain, where he developed his love of wine. Dick returned to the family’s Rancho Tinaquaic in the late seventies, just as the Santa Barbara County wine industry was emerging. With his passion for great wines firmly established, he initially worked to support his family by working for the Tepusquet Mesa Vineyard. It was here that Dick and Bill’s crossed paths and a life-long friendship was established.
Dick makes his home in the Santa Ynez Valley, where he lives with his wife, Jenny. When he is not running FOXEN, his free time is spent nurturing the seven-acre Williamson-Doré Vineyard, and occasionally playing golf.
Dick will be a panelist for the Santa Maria Valley: Bien Nacido Vineyard Seminar on Thursday, March 25, 2021.