Winemaker & Proprietor
Rosemary Cakebread has earned her reputation for excellence quietly. With more than thirty vintages, she is known for making distinct wines notable for restraint and elegance, with remarkable consistency. With a degree in Viticulture and Enology from the University of California Davis, she was introduced to Cabernet Sauvignon at the historic Inglenook Winery. From early cellar jobs to a winemaking position at Spottswoode Vineyard and Winery, Rosemary has built her career around a love for wine. Her appreciation and knowledge about aromatics and blending comes from subsequent work with sparkling wine. Rosemary has been fortunate to work with iconic estate properties in Napa Valley, the right bank in Bordeaux, and currently with several prized vineyards in northern California. GALLICA makes small quantities of Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Syrah, Albariño and estate Petite Sirah. Our vineyard is located on two gravelly acres in St. Helena, California where we organically farm Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah.
Alex French grew up around wine in Seattle, Washington, where his family owns a reputable wine shop that has been in operation for fifteen years. His first independent foray into the industry was a summer job with a local wine distributor. There, he grew an affinity for a greater variety of wines from all over the world, and in 2012 he traveled to New Zealand to increase his international exposure, with a six-month internship at Saint Clair Family Estates. There, he honed his budding winemaking skills, which he translated into a valuable knowledge base upon his return to Seattle, contributing to the success of his family’s business for four years. Alex believes that a successful sales strategy begins with an investment in fully understanding the product from vine to bottle. Alex’s rounded experience and educational emphasis is a welcome addition to the Gallica team.