Barrels & Tanks


Jake Busching

Jake Busching is the Head Winemaker for both Eastwood and Barrels & Tanks. He is also known for his highly praised private brand of small batch vineyard-sourced wines, Jake Busching Wines, which he launched in 2015 and will be producing at the incubator. He has worked in Virginia wine country for 26 years planting, growing, and developing industry-leading wineries. He has worked both in small batch and commercial production operations, custom crush, and vineyard and winery consulting across the state of Virginia and beyond. 

Jake served as a board member of the Monticello Wine Trail for 13 years, has chaired the Research and Education Committee for the Virginia Wine Board for 5 years and has taught Viticulture and Enology classes at Piedmont Virginia Community College in Charlottesville since 2012.

Joy Ting

Joy Ting is the Research Enologist for the Winemakers Research Exchange and owner/winemaker for Joy Ting Wine.  Joy began her wine career working in the lab at Michael Shaps Wineworks, eventually serving in the roles of enologist, production manager, and winemaker there.  In 2018, Joy took the helm of the Virginia Winemakers Research Exchange, a non-profit organization funded by the Virginia Wine Board with the mission of promoting innovation through experimentation and education in the wine industry.  As the Research Enologist, she works with winemakers all over Virginia to test new winemaking approaches and share promising results, cultivating a community of curiosity and collaboration.  Joy was named the Virginia Wine Person of the Year in 2023 by the Virginia Wineries Association. 

Barrels & Tanks

Seed Stage Projects

Julie Linker

Julie Linker’s journey into wine making is a blend of passion and dedication. While maintaining a rewarding career as a psychologist, Julie established Colombe Vineyards in Nelson County in 2022. Named after her grandparents, the vineyard spans five acres and includes Roussanne, Cabernet Franc, Albarino, and Petit Verdot varietals.

The upcoming release of Delve Wines’ first vintage in 2024 marks an exciting milestone in Julie’s winemaking venture. Being a part of the Barrels and Tanks incubator provides her with invaluable opportunities to collaborate with industry leaders in Virginia’s wine community, allowing her to hone her skills and knowledge in crafting estate-grown, boutique wines.

Tasha Durrett

Tasha Durrett is a wine enthusiast and educator born and raised in Virginia wine country. She founded Black Women Who Wine LLC in 2019 as an organization focused on increasing the visibility and participation of Black women in the wine industry and agritourism throughout the state. She is a WSET Level 1, studying for Level 2, and has a special interest in sparkling wine and grape growing in Southern climates. She contributes to various publications, including Wine & Country Life and is a 2024 Association of African American Vintners scholarship recipient.

A writer and communicator, Tasha is currently a senior communications manager at the Southern Environmental Law Center.