Dan’s winemaking career started off with a bang when he transitioned from graduate studies at UC Davis to Clos du Bois to an internship at (arguably) the world’s most prestigious winery, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. Highlights since then have included a gig with Atelier Melka and winemaking roles at Schramsberg and Larkmead Vineyards. He released his first bubbly under his own Carboniste label in 2017, and now focuses on sparkling winemaking full-time.
Dan is focused on developing a California-specific style of traditional-method sparkling wine that acknowledges but does not emulate Champagne. In his effort to capture and preserve the pure essence of the fruit, he emphasizes primary over secondary fermentations and de-emphasizes dosage and maturation on the lees. His sparkling wines are expressive and fascinating interpretations of place.