Born and raised in the Southeast of France, in the city of Narbonne, Guillaume is a 6thgeneration winemaker.He pursued a major in enology and vineyard management at the Lycée Charlemagne in nearby Carcassonne, graduating 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 for an easy transition despite the different climates, soil types, vine illnesses and more. But life is full of surprises Not convinced he wanted to make wine in Bordeaux, he took a harvest internship at L’Aventure in Paso Robles. He fell in the love with the soil and terroir and what was supposed to be a 3-month harvest internship, turned into 6 months. He was eventually offered the position of 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. In 2014, impressed with the quality of their vineyard, Guillaume partnered with Blair and Simone under a 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.
Aurelien was in intern at L’Aventure during Guillaume’s very last harvest at the winery. The more Guillaume worked alongside Aurelien, the more impressed he became by his strong work ethic, unwavering enthusiasm and deft skill. He knew then that Aurelien would prove to be a valuable asset to his team. In May, 2016, Guillaume “brought over” Aurelien from France to join his team as assistant winemaker. Not only is Aurelien an old family friend, but he comes from a wine business family in Bordeaux and understands the hard work it takes to be a winemaker and grape grower.
A native of San Diego, Samantha had the benefit of being exposed to diverse cuisines and cultures from a very early age. Inspired by those widely differing flavors, she formed a deep curiosity for all things taste, which naturally brought her to wine. Her enological pursuits included several trips to the sleepy town of Paso Robles, where she not only found beautiful wines, but also discovered her love for the scientific art of winemaking itself. Samantha decided to pursue this dream and earned her bachelor's degree in enology from the prestigious California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. She joined the Al Lago team in December 2016, in anticipation of opening the tasting room on the urban wine trail known as “Tin City”. She enjoys all aspects of the winemaking process from vineyard to consumer and aims to cultivate a sense of inclusivity no matter the level of knowledge of our guests. She specializes in educational tastings, both dispelling the confusion around and celebrating the beauty of the complex beverage that is wine.