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Wine Movers and Shakers: #3 Cathy Corison, Corison Winery (VIDEO)

The countdown of 2013’s biggest wine stars in Northern California continues. With Cathy Corison it’s all about terroir.

Cathy Corison - Top Mover and Shaker of 2013

Cathy Corison is one of Napa’s top winemakers. If you visit Corison Winery don’t miss the stunning views from the second floor balcony.

If anyone embodies determination more than Cathy Corison I’ve yet to meet that person. The highly respected, hard charging Napa winemaker comes in at number three on our countdown of the biggest wine movers and shakers in Northern California.

“I’m not into trends.”

When we met her for this Stark Insider interview (see below) she was hosting an intimate wine tasting during Premiere Napa Valley. It was the anti-thesis of some of the big, over-the-top parties that have been so common during the annual auction – you know, the kind where your glass of champagne might get topped off by a Cirque-style performer hanging upside down in the barrel room. I suspect she’d have none of that. Instead you might find her arm-wrestling some of Napa’s top flight winemakers. Corison’s Cabernets are, quite simply, outstanding.

Cathy Corison Interview - Video

“It’s the vineyards talking, not me.”

If you get a chance, add Corison Winery to your next Napa itin. I have nothing against the large, sprawling estates in castles in Napa (after all, there’s something to be said too for the grandiose and extravagant when you’re looking for a memorable experience), but the relaxed, laid-back atmosphere you’ll find at Corison Winery is a reminder that quality wine is still what matters most. Pomp and circumstance? Theatrics? Headline-grabbing? Well, perhaps that’s best left to the likes of JCB (the James Bond of wine) and Elon Musk.

I especially recommend her “Kronos” label. These are the Cabs made from grapes found on the estate vines found on the grounds of her winery. If you go, don’t miss the views on the upper balcony. Try to catch a sunset there with a glass of some of Napa’s best. If you’re lucky, Cathy herself will be enthusiastically explaining (in great detail) her pursuit of the ultimate expression of terroir. It’s a visit you won’t soon forget.

Stark Insider TV: Napa Winemaker Cathy Corison

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5. Jeff Smith, Hourglass Vineyards

4. Gina Gallo, E.&J. Gallo Winery

3. Cathy Corrison, Corrison Winery

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Clinton Stark
Clint is based in San Francisco and has produced videos for Stark Insider since 2006. Film projects recently completed include short MORADO shot in the Baja, doc THE ART OF HALL WINES in Napa, and music video WRONG'S WHAT I DO BEST at the San Francisco Art Institute. He regularly writes about Canon DSLR and filmmaking. His Broadway features have garnered praise, including SHREK UNMASKED which is the most viewed BTS video for the musical on YouTube. In addition he's worked with DreamWorks, Disney on Ice, and Cirque du Soleil, among others. Interview highlights include James Franco, Gia Coppola, Colbie Caillat, Vincent Kartheiser, Dana Carvey, and Dany Boyle. Clint is a member of ATCA and covers the SF theater scene. He also writes about Napa and wine, and Silicon Valley news and trends. More: Clint's story...