Kari Auringer

Kari Auringer

Cornerstone Cellars (Winemaker)

Silver Trident Winery (Winemaker)

Kari Auringer’s passion for great wines kindled her desire to be a winemaker and lured her from Chicago and a career in graphic design to Napa Valley. While honing her skills by making wine at home, she began working with some of California’s great winemakers and also put herself through enology programs, which included A.S. Degrees in Viticulture and Winemaking and Wine Marketing and Sales through Napa Valley College. Kari has augmented her education by completing courses at the University of California, Davis, as well. Moreover, she spent six years working with vintner-consultant, Celia Welch, who is responsible for some of Napa Valley’s most impressive wines: Scarecrow, Lindstrom, Hollywood & Vine, Keever, Kelly Fleming, Jim Barbour, and Celia’s brand, Corra.

Kari describes herself as a hands-on winemaker and gladly immerses herself in all aspects of the winemaking process from vineyard to bottle. Her style is one that embraces routinely rolling up her sleeves and staying intimately involved with every step of the intricate process, from vineyard sourcing and hands-on berry sorting through the countless details of winemaking, sensory analysis, and the infinitely nuanced art and science of blending. If you don’t find her tasting barrel samples in the winery, she is probably out kicking the dirt in a vineyard.

She formed Kari Auringer Consulting in 2000 and since then has spent the last two decades creating ultra-premium wines from some of the best vineyards in Napa Valley and Sonoma County. Kari is the winemaker for Napa-based Silver Trident Winery, crafting Sauvignon Blanc, Rose, Russian River Pinot Noir, a proprietary red blend called Playing With Fire, and Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

Kari has been named a rising star and believes her success is a combination of dedication, hard work, talent, and working with great people. Kari puts it best when she says, “As I look back on a career that has included helping create several highly regarded cult wines, making great wine is definitely a team sport, and I’ve been on some fantastic teams.”