Founder/Proprietor, AldenAlli Winery, Healdsburg, CA
Dan Kosta was born in Santa Rosa, CA, in the heart of the Sonoma County Wine Country. His lifelong love of food and wine led him to a career in the restaurant industry beginning in high school, utilizing skills learned as a child to navigate through a series of world class restaurants as a backwaiter, waiter, bartender, maître d’, operations manager and finally as wine director at the acclaimed John Ash & Company in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County. It was there that Dan and his business partner Michael Browne founded Kosta Browne Winery in 1997. Over the last two decades, Kosta Browne Winery has enjoyed tremendous success, rising as one of the leading Pinot Noir producers in the United States. With Dan’s legacy intact and Kosta Browne Winery in the rear view mirror, he, along with the Lagasse Family, launched AldenAlli with the 2013 vintage. Dan is enjoying participating with the other family members to create a unique, intimate winemaking experience, reminiscent of the beginning days of Kosta Browne. He continues to be an active board member for several philanthropic organizations, including the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, as well as sitting on the Sonoma County Vintners board. In his spare time, Dan enjoys his family and supports the athletic and artistic hobbies of his children Mazie (13), Maggie (10) and Sean (9).