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Sparkling Winemaking Apprentice
As Sparkling Winemaking Apprentice to Penny, Carolyn helps oversee all sparkling wine processing. She chose to come to Rack and Riddle to expand her skill set and expertise in sparkling wines. Carolyn helps oversee all sparkling wine production operations and scheduling along with Penny.
Carolyn joins Rack & Riddle from an extensive winemaking background, most recently as winemaker at Larson Family Winery, where she held various roles over the course of more than 11 years, becoming Winemaker in 2005. At Larson Family Winery, Carolyn garnered top awards, including Best Cabernet Sauvignon and Best of Region in the California State Fair. She also managed custom client operations.
Carolyn graduated from Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo with a B.S. in Agriculture Business and a minor in Wine and Viticulture.
“Experiencing the joy and passion from others, sharing wine I had a hand in making is what made me want to have a career in the wine industry… I love the challenge of winemaking and how the wine is ever-changing, creating the opportunity to always learn something new.”
Carolyn lives in Healdsburg and has a dog, Charlie. She enjoys spending time with family (especially 1-year-old niece, Trinity), sewing and quilting, and camping, hiking, and playing in the snow.