Women in Wine: Karen Birmingham

Updated: May 12, 2020

With March being Women's History Month, and March 8th International Women's Day, we are featuring some of our women winemakers & women-run wineries. We hope you'll join us in celebrating the successes and empowerment of women in the wine world and beyond, and raise a glass to women everywhere with a wine that suits the occasion!

Karen Birmingham, Winemaker at Twisted Cedar

It was her love of wine, food, science, and nature that first attracted Karen to winemaking. She was formally introduced to wine as a research assistant at Washington State University, where she concentrated on wine fermentation for her MS in Food Science after she completed her BS in Microbiology. Originally from Sacramento, she moved back to California and took a job at Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi. Karen takes a technical approach to winemaking, creating wines with balanced acidity and varietal complexity. She believes that less interference crafts beautiful wines.

CBC BevCo and its Twisted Cedar wine brand are wholly owned by the Cedar Band of Paiutes, one of the five Bands of the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah. Dedicated to being good stewards for Mother Earth, the fine wines are a tribute to a proud people. An Elder of the Band blessed Mother Earth and the vineyard, that it would nourish and produce healthy vines, flavorful grapes, a bountiful harvest and the finest of wines. Certified sustainable, the Twisted Cedar wines reflect the respect the tribe holds for the land. The Twisted Cedar wines are a tribute to a proud people.

Featured Wine: Twisted Cedar Chardonnay 2017

Twisted Cedar Chardonnay is 65% oak aged for 10 months in French & American oak, with a crisp acidity from the 35% unoaked Chardonnay. There is pronounced aromas of toasty bread crust from sur lie aging. Tropical fruit notes are a highlight. Certified sustainable through Lodi Rules for Sustainable Wine Growing.

Gold - Orange County Wine Competition 2019; Best Buy - Wine Enthusiast

Read more of our Women in Wine series here.

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