De Loach tapped Greg La Follette to replace winemaker Dan Cederquist, who was recently named president and executive winemaker of Everett Ridge in Dry Creek Valley. La Follette previously worked at wineries such as Beaulieu Vineyard, Kendall-Jackson and Flowers Vineyard & Winery, before teaming up in 2000 with Greg Bjornstad to start Tandem Winery, known for its Pinot Noir.
De Loach was purchased by Burgundy négociant Boisset last November after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in May 2003. President Michael De Loach said La Follette was at the top of a short list he had formed with Boisset president Jean-Charles Boisset. "We were looking for the best Pinot Noir guy around," De Loach said. "And Greg's like the superman of Pinot. We're very, very excited to have him aboard."
"One of the visions of Boisset and De Loach is to put forward Pinot at all different price levels," La Follette said. "If I can make a really good and reasonably priced Pinot Noir, I think that's a great service."
Mayo Family named Mike Berthaud to replace winemaker Chris Stanton, who recently resigned. Berthaud has worked for almost two decades with Richard Arrowood, first at Chateau St. Jean and later at Arrowood, where he was named winemaker in 1996.
Mayo Family general manager Jeffrey Mayo said Berthaud's experience handling many varietals will help promote the winery's vision. "We specialize in single-vineyard wines, and Mike has experience making a broad array of wines," Mayo said. "He's the kind of winemaker who spends a lot of time in the vineyards: He's been out there since he was 7 or 8 years old."