Dan Kosta was born in Santa Rosa, CA., in the heart of the Sonoma Wine Country. His lifelong love of food and wine led him to a career in the restaurant industry, utilizing skills learned as a child to navigate through a series of world class restaurants as a back waiter, 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 the launch of AldenAlli Winery, Dan enjoys a close collaboration with the Lagasse family and their pursuit of creating a unique, intimate winemaking experience. He is an active board member for several philanthropic organizations, including the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, as well as sitting on the Sonoma County Vintners board.