Winemaker, William Harrison Vineyards & Winery
Inspired by his mother's work with Wente Vineyards in Livermore, Charles McKahn chose a career in wine at the tender age of fifteen. The industry's history, tradition and seasonal variety appealed to him as a unique way to make a living. While earning his Enology degree at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, he honed his craft in the cellars of Tolosa Winery and McManis Family Vineyards. After graduating in 2011, he moved to Napa Valley to work for our consulting winemaker, Phillip Titus, at Chappellet. Over just five harvests, Chuck moved from Cellar Intern to Enologist to Assistant Winemaker, and in January of 2016, he took the lead role here at William Harrison. In his "spare" time, he also makes the wine for McKahn Family Cellars, which he co-owns with his parents and wife, Brittany.
Country born: United States
Years in the wine industry: 10-15 years