Celia’s parents were avid wine collectors and at-home winemakers in Medford, Oregon, where her training in wine appreciation and the basics of winemaking began. She enrolled in the Enology program at the University of California at Davis and earned her B.S. in Fermentation Science in 1982.
To further her winemaking education, Celia traveled throughout the winegrowing regions of the northwestern and eastern United States, and in New Zealand and Australia, where she worked in the vineyards of the Barossa Valley. Upon returning to the States, she settled in Napa Valley.
After several years assisting in wine production on Mt. Veeder and in the Carneros region, she joined Silverado Vineyards to design, implement and supervise a quality control program. Three years later she became assistant winemaker at Robert Pepi winery and soon after began consulting for Staglin. Her current clients include Keever Vineyards, Barbour Vineyards, Signorello Estate, The Hess Collection, J. Davies Winery, and Scarecrow Wine, among others. Her 2015 Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon received the highest rating on Vivino in 2019.