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Virtual ‘Books on Wine’ program to feature famed Napa Valley women winemakers

Virtual ‘Books on Wine’ program to feature famed Napa Valley women winemakers

From the Napa Valley Wine Insider Digest: July 31, 2020 series
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Cathy Corison pours at Premiere

Winemaker Cathy Corison pours from her Premiere Napa Valley lot during the barrel tasting at the CIA Greystone in February 2019. She will be one of the women winemakers featured in a virtual book discussion, hosted by the Napa Valley Wine Library. 

Napa Valley Wine Library’s first virtual “Books on Wine” program will feature authors Lucia Albino Gilbert and John H. Gilbert and their book, “Women Winemakers: Personal Odysseys,” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, via Zoom.

The authors will be joined by five of the nearly 150 winemakers interviewed for their book. All are from the Napa Valley, and each will taste and discuss one of their wines during the program. The featured winemakers are Sandi Belcher of ARNS, Cathy Corison of Corison, Sally Johnson Blum of Pride Mountain Vineyards, Pam Starr of Crocker & Starr, and Celia Welch of Corra Wines.

The Gilberts’ research into women winemakers in California led them to interviewees throughout the world as they sought the criteria for becoming a woman winemaker in what has been a man’s world. Globally, 10% of today’s winemakers are women, although 20% of the Napa Valley wines poured at the Napa Valley Wine Library’s Annual Tasting were made by women.

As Lucia Gilbert expresses the purpose of their book, “Their stories will inspire current and future winemakers, as well as educate wine enthusiasts about what enables the careers of women who make wine.” The four chief enablers are one’s own family, or having an acute sensory awareness, or a deep appreciation for science, or formal training in winemaking.

Local businesses Napa Bookmine and Acme Fine Wines are coordinating book and wine sales. Acme has requested wine orders to be in by Aug. 3 to assure receipt of wines in time for the program. For further information and to reserve a place, buy one or more wines and purchase a book, go to

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