Despite growing up in the Willamette Valley Daniel had no early exposure to wine until 2000 when his car broke down in LA and he took a job stocking shelves at The Wine House. With a little help from his Uncle Mark (founder Red Car Wines) Daniel developed a passion for the craft. After a couple of harvests at Red Car he found his way to Craggy Range in New Zealand where he became intoxicated with the idea of making wine as a life-long pursuit.
In 2012, he graduated from Cal Poly,San Luis Obispo with a B.S. in Viticulture, and minors in Soil Science and Plant Protection. Soon after, Daniel accepted a highly coveted internship at Littorai wines. It was at Littorai that Daniel truly found his place in the wine world. For seven years Daniel worked under Proprietor/Winemaker, Ted Lemon. Rising through the ranks Daniel became Associate Winemaker and helped push forward Littorai’s biodynamic program by bringing animals to the property and creating fertility on the farm. In addition to Littorai he has been grateful to have worked at Mount Langi Ghiran, Domaine de la Cote, Bodega Chacra and Burn Cottage.
In July 2019, Daniel returned to his Oregon roots with his wife and two pups to work for Cristom. Through partnership with an incredible team, he hopes to make Cristom a more self-sustaining farm and craft wines to tell that story.