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Barrel to Bottle wine tasting at La Follette Wines

La Follette Wines in bucolic Sonoma County is offering a new tasting experience designed to take guests on an in-depth barrel tasting adventure. What makes this experience extraordinary is that it is led by owner/winemaker Greg La Follette providing guests the opportunity to sample single-vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot Noir both in the barrel and later in the bottle. The experience is designed to be fun for both new and experienced wine lovers.

Barrel tasting
Karla Erovick
Adventure in wine tasting
Karla Erovick

Guests begin the adventure at the barrel aging cellar for a tasting of three distinct Chardonnays and three Pinot Noirs from the current vintage, while in the barrel. Throughout the tasting La Follette discusses the vineyard location, terroir, weather, grape clones and barrel characteristics contributing to the flavors found in the wine. It is his philosophy of allowing the grapes their truest expression that transforms wine into an art form.

After the barrel tasting, guests join Greg at the La Follette tasting room to sample the finished wines. The Barrel to Bottle Tour provides a rare opportunity to taste unfinished wines with the winemaker and to receive an education in the art and science of winemaking. As he leads the group through the tasting, giving hints about flavor profiles, one’s palate can’t help but become more knowledgeable. What is apparent throughout the experience is the effort, energy and love that goes into creating a bottle of wine.

La Follette Wines were born out of a love of winemaking and Greg’s passion for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. His relationship with growers built over 20 years, allows him to choose the best fruit and vineyards to produce his wine which has received numerous accolades. Don’t take my word for it, come sample the wines for yourself and participate in an exceptional wine tasting adventure.

Details: The La Follette Barrel to Bottle Tour costs $55 per person ($40 for La Follette Vigneron members) and is available by appointment. To book the La Follette Barrel to Bottle Tour, contact Lisa Gower at the winery at 707-827-4933 or La Follette Wines at The Barlow is located at 180 Morris St., Sebastopol, CA 95472 and is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Additional information on La Follette Wines is available at

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