Born and raised in the southeast of France -- in the city of Narbonne -- Guillaume is a 6th generation winemaker. He pursued a major in enology and vineyard management at the Lycée Charlemagne in nearby Carcassonne, and graduated with his degree in 2001. After 24 years in Narbonne, he moved to Bordeaux. While both regions are famous for their wines, they are also very different from each other. Guillaume’s extensive experience and education allowed him to transition easily between the two regions, despite the different climates, soil types, vine illnesses and more. But life is full of surprises. Not convinced that he wanted to make wine in Bordeaux, he took a harvest internship at L’Aventure in Paso Robles, California. He fell in the love with the soil and terroir. As a result, a 3-month harvest internship turned into 6 months and an offer to be the Assistant Winemaker. While still juggling a full work load from L’Aventure, Guillaume meticulously planned for his own passion project and in 2007, Clos Solène was born. Then in 2014, impressed with the quality of their vineyard, Guillaume partnered with Blair and Simone under another new label, Al Lago Wines. He brings with him a lifetime of experience, the guidance of the generations before him, and an unwavering passion to create unparalleled wine.
Aurélien Crouzet // Assistant Winemaker
Aurélien was an intern at L’Aventure Winery in Paso Robles, California during Guillaume’s very last harvest at the winery. As Guillaume worked increasingly alongside Aurélien, the more impressed Guillaume became by his strong work ethic, unwavering enthusiasm, and deft skill. He knew then that Aurélien would prove to be a valuable asset to his team. In May, 2016, Guillaume “brought over” Aurélien from France to join his team as our assistant winemaker. Not only is Aurélien an old family friend, but he comes from a wine-business family in Bordeaux. Aurélien understands the hard work it takes to be a winemaker and a grape grower.
Jennifer Rusco // General Manager
Jennifer Rusco is the General Manager at the Al Lago tasting room in Paso Robles. She is a long-time area resident, and graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Be sure to ask her for recommendations on where to eat, drink, or hike in SLO County. Jennifer enjoys traveling with her family, reading great books, and drinking exceptional coffee and wine.
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