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Starfield Vineyards

Catherine Lehman, Tasting Room & DTC Manager

Catherine grew up in Folsom when it was a small, rapidly-growing Sacramento suburb, surrounded by open fields.  On weekends Catherine and her family boated on the lake and hiked on the many nature trails in the area, sometimes starting or ending up at Karen’s Bakery in historic downtown. 

She received a BS in Soil Science from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, with concentration in Environmental Management.  For her senior project, she tested vine-yard soil samples and subsequent wines for elements and presented the findings in Minneapolis at the annual Soil Science Society Meeting.

Her connection with the wine industry at Cal Poly led her to Tobin James Cellars in Paso Robles,where she conducted tastings and trained new personnel in hosting tastings and developing sales skills. Returning to Folsom, she took a job at Renwood Winery in Plymouth, where she learned all the functions of Direct to Consumer operations.

When Renwood sold in the spring of 2019, she moved to Starfield Vineyards with two colleagues, and helped open Starfield in summer of 2019, initially offering tastings in the Lake Pavilion, and later in the new Tasting Room.  Within a year, she became Tasting Room and DTC Manager.  Today she manages all day to day of the Tasting Room and Starfield events.  

While at Starfield, she also honed her vineyard skills, helping Tom take fruit samples, testing Brix and pH, making crop estimates, and weighing in on leafing, crop thinning, and calling the pick. Catherine knows all sides of the wine industry, making her the ideal guide for trade visitors.