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Colleen FitzGerald is ten years into her career in the wine industry. She has been inspired by the innovation and determination of Cathy Corison, whose journey began
nearly 45 years ago.
Colleen earned her BS in biochemistry from Cal Poly in 2012 and began working for Pine Ridge as a harvest intern in 2013. She became its enologist in 2015 as well as assistant winemaker in 2018. In 2020, Pine Ridge launched its first new label in 25 years, a sparkling version of their proprietary Chenin Blanc+Viognier blend guided by Colleen.
After graduating from Pomona College, Cathy earned an MS in enology from UC Davis in 1978 while working in the tasting room of Sterling Vineyards. She then interned with Freemark Abbey, going on to become winemaker at Yverdon in 1979. In 1980, Cathy was hired by Chappellet Winery as winemaker before founding Corison Winery in 1987.
This Perspectives event provides a rare opportunity for Colleen and others to learn and be inspired by Cathy's experience and the hurdles she’s had to overcome.
Our online moderator, Tegan Passalacqua, is not only winemaker for Turley Wine Cellars and the magnums of Barney’s Backyard Petite Syrah bottled exclusively for NVWLA; Tegan is also co-owner and winemaker for Sandlands and a founder of Historic Vineyard Society, committed to preserving the old vine vineyards of California.
Tegan had moderated our 29th Annual Wine Seminar in 2019, “A History of Italian Vines and Wines in Napa Valley,” and readily accepted our invitation to moderate an Old Vines and Wines seminar in 2020. That live program was postponed, changed to virtual, and began with alacrity on May 15.
Tegan and Kelli are joined by:
Bob Biale, Founding Owner
Robert Biale Vineyards | www.biale.com
Rosemary Cakebread, Owner and Winemaker
Gallica | gallicawine.com
Michael Hirby, Winemaker and Proprietor
Relic Wine Cellars | www.relicwines.com
Morgan Twain-Peterson MW, Winemaker and Owner
Bedrock Wine Company | bedrockwineco.com
Our Recorded Virtual 30th Annual Wine Seminar
1 hr, 48 min.
Top: Bob Biale, Robert Biale Vineyard; Morgan Twain-Peterson MW, Bedrock Wine Company
Middle: Tegan Passalacqua, Turley Wine Cellars
Bottom: Rosemary Cakebread, Gallica; Michael Hirby, Relic Wine Cellars
Bedrock Wine Company
Morgan Twain-Peterson MW, Winemaker
*2019 Oakville Farmhouse Red Wine
Rosemary Cakebread, Winemaker
2016 Saint Helena Petite Sirah
Relic Wine Cellars
Michael Hirby, Winemaker
2019 Calistoga Alfred Frediani Vineyard Carignane – Old Vines
Robert Biale Vineyards
Tres Goetting, Winemaker
*2018 Oak Knoll Aldo’s Vineyard Zinfandel
Turley Wine Cellars
Tegan Passalacqua, Winemaker
*2018 Saint Helena Hayne Vineyard Zinfandel
* Wines made from vineyards registered with the Historical Vineyard Society
Zoom meeting from home with authors Lucia Albino Gilbert and John C Gilbert, professors Emeriti, Santa Clara University
Hosted by Kelli A White, Director of Education for the Pacific Union Company
With five stellar winemakers
THANK YOU authors, winemakers and host.
The evening’s presentations, Q&A’s, and sense of camaraderie could not have been improved upon.
And Zoom’s transmission was terrific.
Thank you Acme Fine Wines, Napa Bookmine, ARNS, Corison, Corra, Crocker & Starr, and Pride, Brennan Solutions, Brian Nash Design, and Paladin Wine for your support and expertise.
The wines we tasted were:
Celia Welch, Corra Wines
2019 Rogue Valley, Oregon “Tail Feathers”
Celia grew up in Medford, OR and knows fresh, crisp and delicious
Pam Starr, Crocker & Starr
2016 Napa Valley “AVA Napa Valley Red Blend of Cabernet Franc”
Vines from the 1870’s inspired Pam's first 100 cases, and continue to
Sally Johnson Blum, Pride Mountain Vineyards
2017 Napa and Sonoma Counties Cabernet Sauvignon
Sally loves how this vintage catches the voluptuousness of the mid-palate
Cathy Corison, Corison
2017 Saint Helena Cabernet Sauvignon
This is the 34th year for this belovèd label begun by Cathy
Sandi Belcher, ARNS
2013 Melanson Vineyard, Napa Valley Syrah
In bottle it needs to taste just like it did in the vineyard
Heather Sandy Hebert, author of
The New Architecture of Wine: 25 Spectacular California Wineries
with Bob Torres, Principal & Vice Chairman, Trinchero Napa Valley and Erin Martin of Erin Martin Design.
Twelve of the 25 wineries in Heather’s new book are in Napa Valley, including Trinchero Napa Valley. Each was built or, in the case of Joseph Phelps Vineyards, renovated in the last ten years.
Please join us to hear from Bob what Trinchero Napa Valley envisioned for its new winery campus, how Erin interpreted the interiors, and from Heather the how and why of choosing wineries for her book.
“Celebrate the sophisticated blend of agriculture and style that defines California wine country.”
As wine tourism has increased, California vintners have embraced the call to create splendid spaces where visitors can taste their unique varieties and enjoy conversation about wine.
Please join us in the Tasting Room of Trinchero Napa Valley at 6:00 pm for a glass of wine and a chance to tour the adjacent winery with Bob Torres. The Hospitality Center next door opens at 6:30 pm with wine and small bites to be followed by the evening’s program at 7:00 pm.
Copies of Heather’s book will be on sale for signing with the author.
Warren Winiarski Wine Writer Collection Fellow,
UC Davis Library
Jullianne is here to discuss year one of her inaugural two-year Wine Writer Fellowship at UC Davis Library where she is engaged in active research to document the influence of wine writers on the kinds, styles and qualities of wine in the United States since Prohibition and to develop and provide content and access for the materials at UC Davis Library. Our Napa Valley Wine Library Collection has played a prominent role in her research. Selections from its archives will also be on exhibit
Alexandria Brown and her just published
Hidden History of Napa Valley
"Napa Valley is known for its wine and winemakers, but just beneath the fertile soil lies another, more complex version of its history. Uncover the story of Napa’s first Chinatown—once home to nearly five hundred immigrants—that dwindled to fewer than seventeen residents before the last buildings were razed in the early twentieth century. Meet the small but determined group of African American farmers and barbers who called Napa home and the indomitable May Howard, a successful businesswoman and brothel owner. Learn about the Bracero Program that kept many of Napa’s wineries, including Krug, Beaulieu and Stag’s Leap, thriving during World War II. Join author Alexandria Brown as she explores these lesser-known stories of the ordinary people who helped shape modern-day wine country.”
Copies of the book available for sale
Session begins by Barney’s Backyard at the Saint Helena Public Library and then moves into vineyards adjacent.
We’ll be covering veraison, sugar levels, crop estimates and other essentials at harvest time.
We interviewed Joe for our Summer 2005 REPORT; his granddaughter Allie just poured for Phelps at our 2018 Annual Tasting.
Joseph Phelps Vineyard wines and small bites from the winery’s in-house chef will be served and the Phelps family will join us for reminiscences and Q&A’s at 6:00 pm
Please note: Joe’s book, The Best We Can Be: The Life and Wisdom of Joseph Phelps, is only available at the winery. There is a special price for all NVWLA members at this event.
Refreshments will be served.
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The purpose of the Napa Valley Wine Library is to preserve and disseminate information regarding viticulture, enology and wine lore, particularly as it pertains to the Napa Valley.