David McKinley's affair with wine began when he was growing up in Canada's greatest wine-growing region, the Okanogan Valley. He first sank his feet into a barrel of grapes at age 6. When he turned 21, he immediately began work within the wine industry.
However, in comparison with his new nonprofit, Taste for Change, wine seems largely unimportant to David. Around the same time that he was harvesting the sloped Okanogan vineyards, David lost his younger brother, Daniel, due to complications from Down syndrome.
"He was just the most beautiful child," McKinley said. "I begged my parents every day for a little brother, and when I finally got one, I was consumed. I was totally engrossed in Danny, his differences; he was amazing. He died, but I definitely haven't lost him, he taught me everything I know, and everything I do to this day is for him."