James Callahan


James began his journey into the world of wine in 2007. He began making wine with PurVine Winery in Tempe, Arizona, where he spent three years mastering Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon under the tutelage of winemaker John Allen Burtner. Subsequent harvests were spent with Waters Winery in Walla Walla, Washington, Paddy Borthwick Vineyards in New Zealand, and Kosta Browne in Sebastopol, California. Callahan came to Kosta Browne as a harvest intern in 2010 and departed in 2012 as Cellar Master. In 2012, Callahan returned to his Arizona roots, relocating to Willcox as Winemaker with Aridus Wine Company. In 2013, in a culmination of his experiences thus far, Callahan founded his own label – Rune Wines. Rune Wines has now completed its sixth vintage, and has been recognized for its pioneering utilization of native yeasts and unique expressions of Arizona terroir. Today, in addition to continuously expanding Rune Wines, Callahan is also a consulting winemaker for Pillsbury Wine Company and Deep Sky Vineyards