Georgia grew up in Santa Barbara and spent many weekends at Rancho San Julian, playing with Elizabeth in the hay barn and learning to feed cows and fix fences. Now a Bay Area-based food and travel writer, Georgia writes for the Wall Street Journal, Martha Stewart Living, Afar, Lucky Peach, Real Simple, Taste, and other publications, including Saveur magazine, where she was previously the managing editor. She is the author of the upcoming cookbook Cooking South of the Clouds—Recipes and Stories from China’s Yunnan Province, to be published by Kyle Books in September, 2018, and the co-author of There's Always Room for Chocolate: Recipes from Brooklyn's The Chocolate Room (Rizzoli, 2016).
Upon graduation, Alison had successful stints at Ettore Germano, Sine Qua Non, Palmina Winery, Samsara Wine Co, and JCR Vineyard before landing at Two Wolves Wine. In 2013, with the simple goal of crafting vibrant, exciting, balanced wines made by her own two hands, Thomson established L.A. Lepiane wines. Under her own label, she works with Nebbiolo, Barbera, and Grenache grown in some of the top vineyards in Santa Barbara county. Her low intervention wines are a nod to her great-grandfather, Luigi A. Lepiane, who came to California from Piane Crati, Italy with the dream of making a better life for his family. Just after the end of prohibition in 1935, he established a winery in Hollister, California.
When not in the cellar or vineyard, Alison can be found in her garden or at the beach with her husband George and their two children, Julia (7) and Mick (5).
Photo by: Jeffery Young