Handmade Wines. Small batch, Veteran-owned and operated.
Santa Barbara, California
Our story in a few words...
Rockets Red Wines is small batch, handmade wine. Our winemaker took influence from his career in the United States Air Force to create fun and easy drinking wines with distinctly military themed labels.
After 22 years in the military it was time for a change, one that followed a passion for wine and creating something to enjoy and share with others. Using the GI Bill, Jason (our winemaker) graduated from Allan Hancock College, in Santa Maria California, with degrees in wine making and grape growing and spent several years learning all aspects of wine making from large to small. Now he specializes in small batch, quality rosés and reds. Our wines feature grapes sourced from vineyards throughout Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.
One of the lessons learned in the military was helping people where ever in the world. Rockets Red Wines gives back to the community every year, from veterans in need to small town school students struggling during a pandemic.
"Rockets Red Wine is a one man operation producing great wines out of Santa Barbara County. Winemaker/owner Jason Mergenov is a US Air Force Veteran making beautiful wines that are ingenious & creative.
Using the saignée & pétillant naturel winemaking methods, Jason shows us how you can efficiently make two different wines from the same grapes. The saignée method is displayed in his 2019 "Rockets Red Wine" Grenache & Rosé Grenache. He then takes it a step further by creating two different rosé wines from the same Pinot Noir grapes with his 2020 "Rockets Red Fizzion" Sparkling Pinot Noir & Rosé Pinot Noir using the pétillant naturel method.
If you're looking to try something unique & boutique Rockets Red Wines is the place! All I can say to Jason is THANK YOU twice. First for his service & second for showcasing how two wines can come from the same grapes with different & delicious results."