F&W's #FOODWINEWOMEN series spotlights top women in food and drink in collaboration with Toklas Society. Follow the hashtag on Twitter (@foodandwine). Here, Corison Winery’s Cathy Corison shares five lessons she would tell her younger self.
I have had the great good fortune to make wine in the Napa Valley for nearly four decades, first for others and then, after a while, for myself. The 2011 Corison Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, my 25th vintage to market, was released this fall. Phew! Not sure how that happened. It’s been quite a ride. Raising two lovely, now nearly grown daughters, I have often thought that the greatest gift I could give them is to pass on some of the things I’ve learned. I’m hoping they’ll be old enough soon to hear me. (When they entered puberty, old Mom got pretty stupid. Now, slowly, I’m getting smarter and smarter. By the time they’re 25, I hope I’ll be restored to my parental pedestal.) Here’s a stab at distilling what I’ve discovered:
1. Life is not a dress rehearsal. It is short, so do something you love. Don’t overthink every step. It’s easy to become paralyzed by choices. Choose a path and just start walking; there will be many more forks in the road. There is no way to know where you’ll end up.