Denise McKahn, CEO/Owner
Denise started her career in the wine industry over 25 years ago when she worked as an Accounting Assistant at the historic Wente Vineyards in Livermore, California. She was with Wente for 8 years when she decided to leave the wine industry to be closer to home and spend more time with the family. After seeing her only son Charles head off to college in 2007, Denise decided she wanted to pursue her passion for wine. She was the Operations Manager at Concannon Vineyard from 2010-2018. Meanwhile, Denise convinced her husband and son to start making their own family wine, and McKahn Family Cellars was created in 2014. Denise now runs the day-to-day operations for McKahn Family Cellars.
Kevin McKahn, Owner
Kevin has spent the last 30 years as a high voltage electrician. Being the handy man of the family, he has worked tirelessly in creating our hospitality space and cellar, as well as helping Charles with the wine production. Sometimes, you can even find him in the tasting room sharing stories of our short history in this wonderful life of wine.
Charles McKahn, Winemaker/Owner
Charles is the first in his family to become a winemaker. He chose the wine life as a young 15 year old when none of his classmates were discussing the wine industry as a career. He graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with an Enology degree in 2011 and immediately found a job in St. Helena, Napa Valley with the prestigious Chappellet Winery. After working his way up to Assistant Winemaker over the course of 5 years, at the young age of 26 he became the Winemaker at William Harrison Winery in Rutherford, Napa Valley. His dream was to always have his own wine brand and with the help of his family, he realized that dream in 2014. You can read more about his journey here.
Brittany McKahn, Owner
Brittany is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara and creative mind behind our hospitality experience at McKahn Family Cellars. After graduating in 2011 with a Psychology & Sociology degree, she moved to Napa and began a career in wine hospitality, working for the likes of Meadowood and Titus Vineyards. She is currently the Wine Club Manager for an ultra-premium winery in Yountville, Napa Valley. With her vision, we were able to create a Tasting Room experience where guests can enjoy wine in a relaxed, intimate and engaging space.
(When asked to write her own bio for the website, she responded with "Winemaker's Wifey, Champagne lover and Cat Mom".)