Catherine Blagden

Catherine Blagden

Blagden Wines - Versatile Vines (Winemaker and Owner)

Catherine Blagden attended the University of California, Davis, where she earned a master's degree in Viticulture and Enology in 2003. While in graduate school, she connected with Greg La Follette, and the two of them formed a winemaking consulting practice where she learned how to put theory into practice. From 2002 to 2005, they worked with a variety of small, artisan labels including Tandem, Dunah, Londer, Halleck, Sapphire Hill, Lookout Ridge, Silver Pines, and Vadasz. In 2005, while acquiring some big winery experience at Gallo Sonoma, Catherine helped to start the Soliste label and began a Sonoma Coast project for Luna in Napa Valley. Those experiences, combined with a harvest at Flagstone in Cape Town, South Africa (2000) and a scholarship to join Domaine Dujac in Burgundy for a harvest (2003), helped her to begin to understand the vast world of grape growing and winemaking.

In 2006, Catherine had an opportunity to start her own label, which she describes as a winemaker's dream. She says that her brief but varied experience taught her that the most important thing about making wine is the vineyard site. She gets her Pinot and Chardonnay grapes from the Sangiacomo Roberts Road Vineyard. Her Cabernet grapes are from the Monte Rosso Vineyard on the southwest side of the Mayacamas mountain range in the Sonoma Valley appellation. In total, she makes only about 600 cases a year but has plans underway to grow the brand slowly and appropriately.