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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 with his wife and son 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 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 been leading vineyard crews since 2011, with responsibility for all facets of vineyard management from pruning through to harvest, including protocols for pest, disease, nutrient and water management and all deepened by working as the sole Vineyard Manager of our 50 estate vineyards since 2016.

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, Events 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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Sue Parkin, Event Coordinator

Our wonderful Event Coordinator has an infectious can-do attitude and a global project management background that includes over 10 years with Sony in various management roles. Sue 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.

A graduate of Sheffield Hallam University in England, Sue’s global adventure includes living in Tokyo, Amsterdam, London and in California since 2015.

When Sue’s not helping plan events she is out running, soaking up the stunning Bay Area scenery or practicing Reflexology on friends with willing feet.

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Cathy La Mar, Office & Club Manager

Cathy is a big part of the sunshine at the winery who oversees the Wine Club, Client wine allocations, the Office, the books and many other responsibilities in style.

When she moved to California in 1997, she worked for Franklin and Autodesk. Once the kids arrived she enjoyed that new adventure while teaching aerobics, assisting personal clients and volunteering. While one kid is off at college, the other is still around for now and Cathy’s cherishing their time together.

When Cathy is not at the winery, you’ll find her trying new recipes, swimming or running, at least until the wine kicks in.