Shawn Johnson was raised in Texas and the Central Coast of California. In 2001 he began working in sales at Cottonwood Canyon Winery in Santa Maria but quickly discovered a fascination for winemaking. Shawn moved to Napa Valley to work a harvest. During the next 10 years he ascended from a young cellar worker to seasoned assistant for a few of the best winemakers and labels in the business. He combined the foundation of science with the sensory skills necessary for crafting a fine wine. In 2009 he started his own project then began making wine for other labels.Today, he is on the winemaking team for Amulet Estate in Napa – crafting their wines with a distinct focus on a portfolio of single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.