Founder Bios

 

Founders - David Huang and Clint Holdsworth

Founders – David Huang and Clint Holdsworth

David Huang

 

David has had a lifelong love for food and wine. His parents instilled in him a curiosity for cuisines and flavors from many cultures, refining his taste through exploration at home and in his world travels.

During college, David began to explore wine and food together, travelling in the Napa and Sonoma wine countries, becoming fascinated with the synergistic combinations he found. After studying biomedical engineering at Harvard, he had to decide between going to UC Davis to study winemaking and going to medical school. He chose medical school and went to the Uniformed Services University. He then served in the Air Force for 15 years, deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan to care for our troops.

After settling in the Napa Valley with his family, he had the opportunity to explore his passion for wine more fully. With his extensive chemistry and biology background, he was well equipped to enter the wine industry. He enrolled at Napa Valley College, and completed over 30 units in the enology and viticulture program. Since 2005, he has been the managing partner of Double Barrel Winery, an award-winning home winery collective. With seven vintages under their belts in the North Coast, working with multiple varietals and vineyards, he and his business partner, Clint, decided to take their friendship and love of food and wine to the next level.

David Clinton Wine Cellars is a culmination of that dream.

Clint Holdsworth

 

A native of Illinois, Clint grew up in a Midwest culture where the culinary staples were meat and potatoes and the alcoholic drink of choice was beer. When a career opportunity with biotechnology pioneer Genentech relocated Clint and his family to the San Francisco Bay Area in the mid 1980s, he and his wife began to explore the incredible cultural and culinary diversity Northern California is famous for.

After a job transfer with Genentech relocated him to the Napa Valley, Clint’s connection with wine grew from that of curious consumer to serious student of wine culture and production. After joining a home winemaking group with friends and taking classes in winemaking and viticulture, Clint grew to appreciate the fulfillment of making award-winning wines and the satisfaction of sharing them with friends and family. That satisfaction led him to partner with his winemaking friend, David, to launch David Clinton Wine Cellars as a business.

In his twenty-five years with Genentech, Clint gained first-hand experience in production management, business administration, and world-class fermentation technology, similar to that used in winemaking. Now retired from Genentech, Clint is applying his lifetime of learning to fulfill his ambition of making fine wines that he can share with others to enjoy.

Clint and David - Hands on

Clint and David – Overseeing Production