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Colin McNany, Winemaker

Colin McNany quickly established himself as La Honda’s head winemaker due to a startlingly clear talent and an ongoing series of award-winning wines. In 2012 Colin was invited onto the judging panel for Wine & Spirits Magazine.

Previously, Colin acquired significant expertise working alongside talented local winemakers at a number of local Santa Cruz Mountain wineries including Byington and Bargetto. He has also worked vintages at the world class Leeuwin Estate winery in Australia, the Martinborough winery in New Zealand and traveled extensively on wine expeditions to locations such as Chile and Argentina.

Colin is a graduate of University of California Santa Cruz in sustainable agriculture and viticulture. When not nurturing and hunting down the finest wines, Colin surfs the coast and dives for abalone.

David Page, General Manager La Honda Winery

David Page, Owner & General Manager

David ‘Jacko’ Page grew up in England and France and worked in his family’s business managing several wineries’ international operations (including Calvet in Bordeaux, Thorin in Burgundy, Dehours in Champagne).

A philosophy and economics graduate of Oxford University, David moved to San Francisco in 2001 for a new adventure and to get to know Californian wine. He is the general manager for the award-winning La Honda Winery and its 50 private estate vineyards between Hillsborough and Los Gatos.

When not pursuing great wine, David explores California for the best scenery and mischief.

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Thayer Dunwoody, Vineyard Manager

Thayer is a native of the Santa Cruz Mountains who holds a degree in Horticulture and a certificate in Viticulture from Washington State University. He continues to hone his craft with continual research, meticulous observation and the help of his 2 highly skilled vineyard crews.

Thayer has deep experience in all facets of vineyard management, from protocols for pest, disease, nutrient and water management to vineyard design and installation – all deepened by working as the sole Vineyard Manager of our 50 estate vineyards

When not in the vineyards, Thayer can be found in his family orchard nurturing over 50 varieties of specialty fruit trees and enjoying life with his wife Megan and young family.

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Alison Walmsley, Event Manager

Alison is our ace Events leader. Since graduating from UC San Diego, she has lived and worked in the United States, Australia and Canada, gaining years of experience in international marketing, business development and trade, latterly helping the Amy’s Kitchen brand take hold in Australia.

Back in California, she brings her considerable focus and skill to helping the bustling Bay Area community consider their options and realize their goals for a wide range of events.

When not working with event planners, Alison loves hiking, travel and food with just the occasional glass of wine.

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Jessica Stucke, Event Coordinator

Jessica is a Bay Area native who helps make great things happen as our calm and ultra-capable Event Coordinator.  She works closely with our clients to anticipate and handle the details involved in a truly successful event. She also oversees our team of Event Hosts who manage the bar and get the party started.

After UC Santa Barbara, she stumbled upon her enthusiasm for private events within the floral and restaurant industries, but has since been officially converted to the world of wine.

When Jessica is off the coordination clock, she manages to stay far away from the office desk as a part-time dance instructor and professional freelance dancer.