7/17/08

Celia Masyczek – A Napa Star


Let me get this out of the way first…

The last name is pronounced ma-CHESS-key.

Celia had no choice. Born in Medford Oregon, her father was an avid wine collector as well as a home winemaker, so she was destined to end up in the wine industry. Of course that’s not really true, but she did anyway…

She began as many California wine industry glitterati do, by earning the requisite degree from the Enology Department at U. C. Davis. Post graduation saw Celia travel to various wine regions in the states, as well as spending time in New Zealand and Australia. Returning to Napa, she honed her skills with the Silverado and Robert Pepi wineries before setting out on her own as an independent winemaking consultant.

“Can you get a cab around here..?”

If I may proclaim at this time, Celia Masyczek knows her Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Although she works with many varietals, Cabernet is definitely her specialty. The Connoisseur has sampled a few and they have all been excellent examples of this Napa fave.

Currently Celia consults with several Napa wineries and is turning out some stellar wines. Husic Vineyards, Rocca Family Vineyards, D.R. Stephens, Keever Vineyards and Scarecrow are a few of the producers benefiting from her talents.

As is fitting for a winemaker of such skill, Celia has now begun to produce her own wines under the name Corra (a Celtic deity of prophecy). A 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon and a 2007 Sauvignon Blanc are her first releases. Should you happen to find either of these, we highly recommend you don’t pass them up!

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