After working in the technology industry on the east coast, DJ moved to California, where he and a good friend launched an organic food company. In the evenings, he managed a boutique Spanish wine shop, where he furthered an interest in wine and eventually met his wife, a talented winemaker who was moving to Spain. After Helen Keplinger was serendipitously asked to return to Napa for an upcoming project, they realized this was “it.” In 2006, Helen and DJ launched Keplinger Wines. Since then, DJ has worked with some of Napa Valley’s most talented vintners and has learned from top sales, marketing and management consultants. After launching & growing multiple boutique brands, DJ’s sole focus is Carte Blanche and Keplinger.