Here, the Sonoma Coast vineyards are a natural fit for Elizabeth's experience and specialized education.
Elizabeth Grant-Douglas’ love of winemaking began at a young age in the basement of her childhood home in Niagara Falls, Canada. It was there that her parents made wine from grapes grown in her father’s hobby vineyard out back, and she learned about viticulture first-hand as she helped him tend the vines. Elizabeth first earned a degree in Economics at the University of Waterloo before switching gears entirely to focus on the art and skill of winemaking. She was part of the first graduating class of Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture program.
Always fascinated by the unique challenges of making wine from grapes grown in cooler climates, she began her career working in several Canadian wineries including Inniskillin, Chateau des Charmes and Thirteenth Street, before heading to Washington and, finally, the Sonoma Coast.
Here, the Sonoma Coast vineyards are a natural fit for Elizabeth’s experience and specialized education, giving her unique insight on the rigors of grape growing and winemaking in cool regions. Not surprisingly, she is particularly drawn to the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards of Russian River Valley because of the ideal growing conditions it offers these classic Burgundian varietals.
Elizabeth joined La Crema as an enologist in 2001 and was named Winemaker in 2010. She was promoted to her current position in 2013. Her journey of discovery and craftsmanship continues as her relationship with the gorgeous Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris fruit of California’s coastal wine regions evolves.
His skill, experience, and quick wit continue to enhance the strength of the La Crema winemaking team.
Originally from New Zealand, Associate Winemaker Craig McAllister now calls California home. He’s worked in New Zealand, Australia, Chile and Cyprus and has a deep passion for winemaking.
Craig first joined La Crema in 2007 as the harvest enologist, and returned again for the 2008 season. After gaining even more experience abroad, he joined the team full-time in 2009. Throughout his tenure he’s been a steward of La Crema’s Monterey program and worked extensively on Sonoma Coast Chardonnay. He was promoted to his current position in 2013.
Craig holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Viticulture and Enology from Lincoln University in New Zealand. His skill, experience, and quick wit continue to enhance the strength of the La Crema winemaking team.
His winemaking philosophies and years of practical experience make him a valuable addition.
Hailing from Saint Louis, Matt earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Systems Management from the University of Missouri, where he focused on viticulture. He quickly gravitated towards wine production and embarked on an internship tour that stopped in California, Australia, Niagara, South Africa’s Hemel-en-Aarde, and Central Otago in New Zealand. Throughout this varied curriculum, “Flick” has rarely strayed from cool-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Matt joined the La Crema team shortly before the 2013 harvest as Enologist. His winemaking philosophies and years of practical experience made him a valuable addition and he was named to his current position in October 2013. His primary responsibility is overseeing the Chardonnay program.
His role of enologist combines his passion for wine with his analytical aptitude and problem-solving abilities.
Greg Landin’s career has led him to explore some of the finest wine regions, from California’s Napa Valley and Sonoma Coast to New Zealand and Western Australia. A graduate of the University of California at Davis’ Viticulture and Enology program, he has extensive experience in cellar and lab operations at artisan wineries.
A native of Alamo, California, Greg joined the La Crema team for the 2013 harvest, where his role of enologist combines his passion for wine with his analytical aptitude and problem-solving abilities. His favorite La Crema wine is the Shell Ridge Pinot Noir.
He was drawn to the diversity of Willamette Valley, known not only for winegrowing but hazelnuts, Christmas trees, grass seed and more.
Marc’s appreciation for food and wine began at an early age. His parents grew grapes and fruit trees at their family home in Paradise, California and his father’s apiary kindled his respect for agriculture.
He began career in the Napa Valley, but the allure of the Willamette Valley, where the myriad soil types and microclimates allow Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to shine, was strong. He was also drawn to the diversity, of the area, known not only for winegrowing but hazelnuts, Christmas trees, grass seed and more.
Marc joined the La Crema team as an enologist during the 2014 harvest and was promoted to his current position in 2015. He oversees La Crema’s Oregon program, including Willamette Valley Pinot Noir and small bottlings of sub-AVA offerings.
Marc graduated with honors from the University of California, Davis Viticulture and Enology program in 2008. Time away from the winery finds him skiing, camping, fishing, hunting mushrooms and traveling with his wife.
He’s a civil engineer by training and worked with various construction and engineering firms, but his interest in wine never faded.
More than a decade ago, Sam found himself living in the heart of Sonoma Valley wine country after college and attending wine events in his spare time. Though his career first took a different path – he’s a civil engineer by training and worked with various construction and engineering firms – his interest in wine never faded. In 2005 he began studying through the WSET (Wine Spirits Education Trust), earning his Level 3 Advanced Certificate and cementing his passion for the grape.
An opportunity with the engineering department at Jackson Family Wines offered the chance to work directly in the wine industry. He was promoted to General Manager of the company’s Carneros Hills and Matanzas Creek wineries in 2015, and took the reins at La Crema later that fall.
Sam holds a degree in engineering from the University of California, Davis. When not at the winery, Sam’s time is filled with completely rebuilding his home in Sonoma, chasing his twins, and exploring the area’s fine dining and wine offerings with his wife.