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In The Winery

               Colleen FitzGerald:

               Napa’s Rising Star By: Nan McCreary
               M         ore and more, women in the wine indus-     began her journey at California Polytechnic State

                         try are making headlines as they join the
                                                                    University (Cal Poly) in San Luis Obispo. A love of
                         ranks of a profession long-dominated by
                                                                    to truly appreciate a fine wine naturally gravitated
               men. One of these women is Colleen FitzGerald,       chemistry and an artistic sense that enabled her
               enologist at Pine Ridge Vineyards in the famed       FitzGerald toward enology when she graduated.
               Stags Leap District in Napa. At the young age of 29,   And gravitate she did — to a harvest internship at
               FitzGerald has parlayed her biochemistry major and  a winery in nearby Paso Robles. There she worked
               years of harvest experience into a job on the front   her way up in the laboratory, analyzing Brix, pH
               line of the winery.                                  and total acidity to help winemakers decide when
                                                                    to harvest, and then, during fermentation, running
                 Raised in Pleasanton, California, FitzGerald’s     studies to ensure that yeasts and sugars were inter-

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