Tasting at La Follette Wines

by Kelli H. on March 21, 2013

A couple weeks ago, I received an e-mail asking if I’d like to attend a private opening event for La Follette Wines. I have no idea how I received this invite, but I am so glad I did! La Follette Wines opened up a new tasting room at the Barlow in Sebastopol. The Barlow is going to be so awesome! So many great shops are going to be opening up. Wine tasting rooms, 2 breweries, restaurants (Zazu!), Taylor Maid Farms Coffee, Community Market, and lots more! Another reason I was so excited to attend is because the company I work for, did all the grading, paving, and underground work that went into this new shopping center. It was great to go out there and see all the work that’s gone into this huge project come to life.

David and I settled into the bar, and had a great guy pouring us wines. We also had amazing appetizers from Zazu, who were catering the event. I’m not even sure what this little wrap was, but it had some pork, mushrooms, and tasted kind of Asian-inspired. It was delicious! So were the dates stuffed with blue cheese and wrapped in bacon, served on a stick — it was amazing! Too bad I wasn’t able to get a picture of those. The other really note worthy appetizer was their mushroom soup shooters with a little house-made Parmesan duck cracker — so cute!

La Follette Wines specializes in Chardonnay’s & Pinot Noir’s.  Let me tell you, they know what they’re doing with these two varietals. We tasted their three chardonnay’s and three pinot niors, as well as their Pinot Meunier. What I liked about tasting the three chardonnay’s in a row was you could really taste the differences from the areas. Each Chardonnay & Pinot are from different vineyards from Sonoma County to Mendocino County. The same is said for the Pinot’s. It was really awesome to hear about the vineyards locations and how the weather and soil effects the tastes of the wine. It’s so interesting that the same grapes, grown in different locations, can taste so different.

By far, my favorite wine from La Follette Wines was their Lorenzo Chardonnay. I’m not a huge chard fan, but I do tend to drink them from time to time. This may have been the best Chardonnay I’ve had. As for their Pinot, my favorite of the three was the Van der Kamp or also known as the Sonoma Mountain. I may be bias though, since it’s located so close to my parents house.

One of my favorite aspects about this event though, were that there were so many friendly and interesting people. We met Simone, who is the assistant wine maker, Greg Follette & his wife, who were all so friendly! Greg also busted out the bag pipes and played some music, which was pretty cool.

I’m really excited for La Follette to open up their tasting room. The tasting room itself feels industrial with large rolling doors that roll up like a garage door. Everything is open and bright, but feels welcoming at the same time. I’m definitely recommending La Follette Wines. I really don’t see how you couldn’t enjoy it. Plus, when all the other shops open up, you could make a whole day out of it.

Really, what is better in life than a great glass of wine and amazing food? I can’t think of much…

Thanks for having us, La Follette!

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Laura March 22, 2013 at 4:04 am

Glad to hear you enjoyed it! London and I can’t wait to get out there, Greg makes amazing wines! Here’s a fun fact for you…in the picture of you and David, the couple behind your shoulder (lady in the purple top, man looking at her) are London’s parents and the lovely growers of your favorite Pinot Noir!!! Small world!

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Made in Sonoma March 22, 2013 at 5:49 am

haha, that is so funny they’re in the photo!

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SF Road Warrior March 22, 2013 at 11:33 pm

Never been there, but I am in the area often so I will have to check it out! I love Sonoma. 🙂

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Alysia @ Slim Sanity March 25, 2013 at 4:41 pm

Oh that looks like so much fun! I’d love to do something like that! I need to get myself invited somewhere, haha!

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