The Right Right-Hand Man

Carlton McCoy has adapted to Napa, but he’s also shaking it up

The Right Right-Hand Man
Though Carlton McCoy didn’t have experience running winery operations, Gaylon Lawrence believed in his work ethic, naming him manager of Lawrence Wine Estates. (Sarahbeth Maney)
From the Dec 15, 2021, issue

From a life with seemingly few opportunities, Carlton McCoy forged one of endless possibilities. From winning a scholarship to the Culinary Institute of America to becoming the second Black American Master Sommelier, McCoy’s drive is what inspired Gaylon Lawrence to name him manager of wine operations at Heitz Cellar and his other winery properties, despite having no prior experience in such a role.

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