Shaunt Oungoulianm, Sam Baron and Diego Roig
The Living Wine Collective is a group of like minded winemakers who met at UC Davis and caught the natural wine bug when one of their classmate poured them some wines made without sulphur. This led them to become stagiaires at Texier, Overnoy, Valette and Cos (among other stalwarts of the movement).
Together, they are Shaunt Oungoulianm, Sam Baron and Diego Roig and make their collective wines under the “Populis” label. Sam and Shaunt have a side project called “Les Lunes”.
Their facility is literally the basement of Shaunt’s parents’ house in Orinda, California just east of Berkeley. They don’t own vineyards but rent plots where they can do their own work and that have been historically farmed without chemicals or irrigation.
Currently they work land in Carneros, Mendocino, and one of California’s newest AVAs, Manton Valley.
While they are committed to organic and native yeasts, they are not dogmatic in their techniques including the use of sulphur, although when they use it it’s always in small doses.