EP11: Jen Walsh, Winemaker at LA CRÈMA (lacrema.com), guests on the podcast to celebrate the winery’s 40 years of winemaking excellence in the Russian River Valley. The family-owned and operated winery has focused exclusively on cool-climate coastal appellations. Tune in to learn about La Crema’s long history in the appellation.

The winery helped to establish prominence for the enviable winegrowing appellation of Russian River Valley during its early days. More notably, La Crema played a fundamental role in propelling single-vineyard designated wine from cool-climate appellations, and was an integral part of the Sonoma Coast’s rise to winemaking fame as one of the first to craft Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from this previously unfamiliar appellation.

In 2016, the winery opened its tasting room at the historic Saralee’s Vineyard and continues to operate a satellite tasting room in Healdsburg. Jen explains how La Crema has continued to explore and craft wines from other cool-climate regions, like Monterey, Anderson Valley, and Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Better yet, the hosts taste through several of La Crema’s signature wines with Jen on the show.