Meet Our Team

Edward Cholakian, Winemaker

Edward Cholakian, Winemaker

UC Davis Enology Certificate Edward Cholakian has been able to gain a tremendous amount experience in all aspects of winemaking and wine production while getting to work along side world-renowned winemakers, which proved to be invaluable. Some of his past experience comes from premium wineries like Cakebread Cellars, Chateau St Jean, Monterey Wine Company, Fetzer Vineyards; as well as consulting and producing for over 30 wineries within California. He ultimately found his own style and winemaking practices which show through in his award winning wines. | 805-239-9464

Megan Van Hook, General Manager


Haig Cholakian, Accounting


Melissa McArthur, Winemake's Executive Assistant



Karo Taro, Compliance Specialist


Kari has over 10 years of Alcohol Compliance experience and has served as the compliance guru (nerd) for large and boutique wineries, and local compliance companies as well. She is committed to LDT clients; if it pertains to manufacturing, wholesaling or retailing alcohol (all types) she will license it, report it, manage it and handle it in lighting speed.                


Alex Davis, Cellar Master


This will be Alex’s second harvest with LDT. Prior to that he was working with a local vineyard management company where he was able to learn all aspects of viticulture first hand. Also in his past he was able to learn from the winemaker at Sculpterra where he held the position of Assistant Winemaker. In his free time he enjoys fishing and hanging out with his friends, he also as a true interest in the distilling world.  | 805-239-9464

Cloud Kruse, Wine Technician


Cloud is new to the wine industry, however was former college roommates with our winemaker Edward. He was able to see Edward early on in his career and witnessed a few fermentations on their apartment patio closet. Years later Cloud got the winemaking itch and decided to move to Paso Robles to learn the ins and outs of the wine industry. We look forward to having Cloud as a part of the LDT family.  

Stevie Brehm, Wine Technician