Corinne Rich

Corinne Rich

Birdhorse Wines (Winemaker and Founder)

Corinne Rich, a native of Sonoma County, California, was born to parents who had no ties to the wine industry, other than to being passionate consumers of its products. In 2008, she journeyed to the East Coast for her college education, earning a B.A. in Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania four years later. After what she describes as “the world’s briefest stint in pharmaceutical research,” Corinne returned to the Left Coast in mid-2012 to start her journey to becoming a winemaker.

She held harvest internships in both hemispheres, including west Coast positions at Three Sticks Wines in Sonoma, Elk Cove Vineyards in the Willamette Valley, and Owen Roe in Yakima, Washington, and overseas, in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. After completing her internship at Owen Roe in 2014, Corinne enrolled in the Viticulture & Enology program at the University of California, Davis, earning her M.S. degree in 2018. As part of her academic work, she held a six-month harvest position with Dalla Valle Vineyards in the Napa Valley.

After graduating, Corinne joined Spottswoode Winery in St. Helena as cellar master, a position she continued to hold until early 2021. In May 2018, she co-founded Birdhorse Wines with Katie Rouse, her partner, where she crafts several varietals, including Verdelho, Valdiguié, Carignan, and Arneis. She is also the assistant winemaker at Scribe Winery in Sonoma.