Cathy Corison

Cathy Corison“Wine is alive on so many levels. Mother Nature is really the winemaker; we are merely stewards. Grapes, barrels and corks are the result of a collaboration between earth and sky and yeast, a living organism, performs the magical alchemy of transforming grape juice into wine. Wine speaks of time and place. I’m a thirsty girl because wine plugs me into life.”

Spoken by this week’s Thursday Thirsty Girl, Cathy Corison, who has produced and help produce wines for over 30 years. After receiving her B.A. in Biology from Pomona College and an M.S. in Enology from U.C. Davis she spent years winemaking for others, including a decade as the Winemaker at Chappellet Vineyard, Staglin’s first two vintages and 10 vintages each for Long Meadow Ranch and York Creek Vineyards.

Cathy was left eager to express her own winemaking voice. Guided by her belief that winemaking and wine appreciation are a timeless, creative celebration of life, she has created quite a name for herself in the female wine world.Cathy Corison produces two Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons, hand-crafted without compromise. Wines with a sense of place, that are powerful and elegant at the same time and are structured to grace the table and enjoy a long, distinguished life.

She sources some of the finest vineyards in the Napa Valley, all located on classic benchland between Rutherford and St. Helena, where deep, stony alluvial soils promote the ideal growing conditions for the Cabernet vine. These vines regularly produce some of the most concentrated and superbly ripened fruit anywhere.

Cathy’s passion and attention to detail in wine making not only make her a highly regarded figure and excellent wine maker, they make her this week’s Thursday Thirsty Girl. So grab a glass and pour yourself a nice warm Cabernet to celebrate Cathy and the cooler months.

You can find out more about Cathy and her wines on her website at

You can also find Cathy on Twitter at @cathycorison and on Facebook.

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