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Great wine is all about tension and
the elusiveness of this characteristic.
Now, two notable industry figures
join together to form tenshən.

our story

our story

“tenshən” is a play on words that nods to winemakers Joey Tensley and Alex Guarachi’s winemaking acumen and the tension that occurs when harvesting – an abstract energy that a wine possesses, inspired by picking at a just-ripe-enough precipice and then getting out of the way.

tenshən’s thought-provoking Rhône blends are tenacious and alluring. The red exhibits brooding dark fruit that is accented by Santa Barbara spice and completed by a mouthwatering finish. The white has aromas of tangerine and ripe melon, balanced acidity and a finish with a hint of hazelnut. The rosé has a brilliant and vibrant pink color, phenomenal structure and beautiful floral aroma and fresh citrusy flavor with a crisp, clean finish.

Alex Guarachi

Over 30 years ago, Alex Guarachi came to the United States from Chile on a soccer scholarship. When an injury shattered his athletic dreams, he went back to his roots for inspiration on what to do next. Alex embraced his other passion: the wines of his homeland. Having worked from a garage and performing every task, Alex eventually built his wine import company, Guarachi Wine Partners, into one of the industry’s leading companies and in 2010 was honored as Importer of the Year by Wine Enthusiast.

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Joey Tensley

From a humble start as a cellar rat, Joey Tensley has worked his way up through Fess Parker, Babcock and Beckmen wineries to a position of one of the most esteemed winemakers from Santa Barbara. In 1998 Tensley established his own family-operated winery focusing on vineyard designated Syrah within Santa Barbara County. Tensley crafts tenshǝn with the same unwavering philosophy that has made him so successful: source the best fruit possible and let the vineyard speak for itself.

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