The La Crema winegrowing team is a study in geographic observation (at times bordering on obsession) and lively, interactive teamwork. And yes – we love to take our work home with us.
WinemakerEducated in Canada, Elizabeth has focused on cool-climate winegrowing from the start and has been part of the La Crema winemaking team since 2001. Working with fruit from all five focus appellations, with a particular passion for the vineyards of Anderson Valley, Elizabeth took the reins of our winemaking program in 2010 and continues to craft wines of distinctive flavor, elegance and natural balance.
Associate WinemakerEric earned his Masters degree in Enology from UC Davis in 2002 and later joined the La Crema winemaking team in 2004 after honing his skills at Cuvaison and Williams Selyem wineries. He developed his talents at La Crema beginning as Enologist, was then promoted to Assistant Winemaker, and in July of 2010 advanced to Associate Winemaker. Eric has been dedicated to crafting wines of distinct character from the Los Carneros district for the La Crema Appellation series.
Assistant WinemakerCraig graduated from Lincoln University in New Zealand in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Viticulture and Enology and embarked on his winemaking career working multiple harvests in his homeland as well as Australia, Chile, and Cyprus. During the 2007 harvest, Craig had an immediate impact at La Crema as Harvest Enologist then returned for the 2008 harvest.
Based upon his passion, work ethic and cellar leadership, Craig became the La Crema Enologist in December of 2009. In 2010 Craig volunteered to steward the Monterey program from vineyard to final blending as well as handling our Sonoma Coast Chardonnay while in barrel. His skill, experience, passion, and quick wit continue to enhance the strength of the La Crema winemaking team.