Alquimista Cellars News

Grape Serenade

Sonoma MagazineGreg La Follette playing bagpipes

Alquimista Cellars winemaker and partner, Greg La Follette once again initiates the grape harvest season with a bagpipe serenade. "I believe the wine reacts to the vibrations in music" says Greg, and he adds "Beyond the vibrations, its about the people involved getting enthused."

READ MORE in the harvest issue of Sonoma Magazine

Alquimista Cellars wines are now available by the glass at Underwood Bar and Bistro, in Graton, CA

Our wines are also served at these fine restaurants:
Single Thread - Healdsburg, CA - 3 Michelin Stars
Valette - Healdsburg, CA
The Farmhouse Inn and Spa - Forestville, CA - Michelin Star
Terrapin Creek - Bodega Bay, CA - Michelin Star
Willi's Wine Bar - Santa Rosa, CA
K & L Bistro - Sebastopol, CA
Quattro Restaurant - East Palo Alto, CA
Wayfare Tavern - San Francisco, CA

Greg La Follette

Alquimista Cellars' Greg La Follette on Wine for Normal People podcast

Hear Alquimista Cellars’ Partner and Winemaker Greg La Follette recount his long and windy path pursuing elusive Pinot perfection.

"Alquimista's wines are spectacular! Check them out!" – Elizabeth Schneider, Wine for Normal People podcast

Wine For Normal People® translates wine into normal terms that you can relate to through an award-winning podcast, popular blog, and in acclaimed public speaking events.

How Lodi Zinfandels compare to some of California's finest

Alquimista Cellars 2017 Ancient Lodi Zinfandel Surprises and Stands Out Even For Lodi Panelists

Greg and Mara La Follette
Learn how our Jessie’s Grove 2017 Ancient Vine Zinfandel recently matched up against Lodi’s finest Zins and those from some of the most prestigious vineyards throughout California. If you have already experienced our ancient vine Zinfandel, you probably won’t be surprised.

“This wine was a complete outlier that defied all expectations” Panelist Steve Eliot, Editor and Publisher Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wines

“One of my highlights because of its light color and Pinot noir-like bold cherry aromas and flavors” Audience participant and journalist Bob Highfill

“One of my favorites. The fruit reminded me of a cherry candy with a good balance of acid/sweetness that lingered on the finish” Audience participant Natale Gagliardo, expert winemaker, Ironstone Vineyards

“Pinot noir-like in its delicacy with a long, slightly dry finish,” Audience participant David Natali, enologist, Robert Biale Vineyards

“The most ‘un-Zinfandel-like’ wine of the tasting; yet the luscious berry sensations, rounded tannin, moderate acidity on the palate made it very ‘Zinfandel,’ “ notes from a tasting panel consensus


Alquimista Cellars Scores Big at American Fine Wine Competition


Mendocino County
94 pts


Mendocino County Cuvée
93 pts


Mendocino County
94 pts


Russian River Valley
93 pts

Alquimista Cellars’ wines have been awarded big scores at the recently completed American Fine Wine Competition, considered the most influential wine invitational in the nation. More than 700 wines from 200 wineries entered the three-day event held from January 19-21 at Florida International University in Miami. A 32-member judge panel included wine educators, restaurateurs, retailers, top sommeliers and journalists.

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