About Cathy Linden
Growing up in the Napa Valley, Cathy came to love the prune orchards, seeing great beauty in the winter with dormant trees’ black trunks, yellow mustard growing at the base and dramatic cumulous clouds in the bluest of skies. The white blossoms in the spring were so lovely as they dropped and turned the warm soil to snow as the little prunes-to-be formed with the help of a cadre of honey bees. In the Autumn we all helped bring in the harvest and that was the way we lived in the Valley – from harvest to harvest – everything revolving around prunes.
Then late in the 1960s, there was a change and prunes lost their foothold and wine grapes started to make their mark in the Valley. Agriculture still looked the same, harvest was still the most important part of the farmers’ year; but disease began to cause an undercurrent of worry and then finally disaster struck with the diagnosis of phylloxera in the late 1970s to the early 1990s.
While the growers in the Valley were replanting with phylloxera resistant rootstock, Cathy attended Cal State University, Chico, earning a BS in Ag Science and Napa Valley College, earning an AA degree in Viticulture, with focus on soil health and the interaction of native plant roots, soil microorganisms, and Mycorrhizal fungi.
A practicing viticulturist since 2005, Catherine was originally managing or assisting with the management of a number of small vineyards before concentrating her efforts on her own Cabernet vineyard. She has been solely working her own vines since 2014.