Charlie Miller, Winemaker
We’re delighted that Charlie took over the principal winemaking duties at the end of 2018.
A hyper-talented and skilled winemaker, Charlie has compiled a highly impressive resume. He got his start at Starmont in Napa followed by harvests in Argentina, South Africa, and New Zealand, all before working his way up to Assistant Winemaker at AP VIN, the cult Pinot winery.
Prior to being cherry-picked by La Honda, Charlie spent 5 years in Sonoma as Assistant Winemaker to Michael Cruse (2016 SF Chronicle Winemaker of the Year) handcrafting some of California’s most sought-after wines. The stunning results also led them to overseeing ‘custom crush’ production for a dozen other wineries.
When Charlie’s nose isn’t in a barrel, he’s likely to be walking the beach with his lovely wife, young son and dog while plotting the next adventure.
Colin McNany, Wine Director
Colin remains close to Charlie to ensure his legacy remains intact and La Honda wines are set for an even brighter future.
After starting as Assistant Winemaker, Colin established himself as La Honda’s head Winemaker in 2011 due to a startlingly clear talent and an ongoing series of award-winning wines. In 2013 Colin was invited onto the judging panel for Wine & Spirits Magazine.
Previously, Colin worked at a number of local wineries including Byington and Bargetto. He has also worked vintages at the world-class Leeuwin Estate in Australia, Martinborough in New Zealand and traveled on wine expeditions to locations such as Chile and Argentina.
Colin is a graduate of University of California Santa Cruz. When not nurturing and hunting down the finest wines, Colin surfs the coast and dives for abalone.
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.
Thayer Dunwoody, Head 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 teams.
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 enjoying life with his wife and son, often in his family orchard nurturing over 50 varieties of specialty fruit trees.
Alison Walmsley, Events Director
Alison is our ace Events mastermind. 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.
Jordan Eis, Event Manager
Jordan, our wonderful Event Manager, is brimming with the warmth and competence that we aim for when folks entrust us with their celebrations.
With a masters degree from University College Dublin, Jordan’s adventure so far has included working as the Assistant to an Irish Senator and running programs for a disability and homelessness non-profit.
After the booking, Jordan 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.
When Jordan’s not helping plan events she is outside with her husband and dog, watching baseball, and always thinking about where to visit next.
Cathy La Mar, Operations Manager
Cathy is a big part of the sunshine at the winery who oversees the Wine Club and client wine allocations while also managing the venue, office 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.