Winemaker, BRYTER Estates
Kari spent six years working with vintner-consultant, Celia Welch, who is responsible for some of the most impressive wine from Napa Valley: Scarecrow, Lindstrom, Hollywood & Vine, Keever, Kelly Fleming, Jim Barbour and Corra.
As a consulting winemaker for boutique estate programs, she has spent the last decade crafting ultra-premium wines from some of the best vineyards in Napa Valley and Sonoma. Along with BRYTER Estates, Kari also is the consulting winemaker for Napa-based Silver Trident Winery, and Cornerstone Cellars.
Country born: United States
Education: Napa Valley College, Enology Program.
Years in the wine industry: 10-15 years
Kari describes herself as a hands-on winemaker and has expertise in all aspects of the process from vineyard to bottle. Her style is all about rolling up her sleeves and staying intimately involved with every step of the intricate process, from vineyard sourcing and hands-on berry sorting to the myriad details of winemaking, sensory analysis and the infinitely nuanced art and science of blending. If she is not tasting barrel samples in the winery, she is probably out kicking the dirt in a vineyard.