Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Kevin Bacon of American pinot noir has been freed from his golden ball and chain!

Every once in a while in the wine business you cross paths with a wine maker who has found his Nirvana. He has a peaceful way about himself and he just tells you about what he knows and loves. Greg Follette is just that kind of winemaker. Although in the past he talked about his night job with a sparkle in his eye now Greg can finally start sleeping again due to an Atlantan with a pile of cash and a good palate.

This from Steve Heimoff's blog

"Greg La Follette on selling Tandem

I spoke with Greg right after the sale was announced. To quote from the press release: “Pete Kight, proprietor of Quivira Vineyards & Winery, has acquired Tandem Winery in Sonoma County in partnership with Tandem owner/winemaker Greg La Follette, who remains with Tandem and will focus on winemaking and viticulture.”

This is an important transaction, not only because Greg, who is De Loach’s executive winemaker and consults all over the globe, is an important winemaker, but also because it testifies to the financial difficulties facing so many family wineries, as well as the nation. On a more personal basis, Greg is a standup guy and an inspiration to an entire generation of younger winemakers."


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