John Conover

San Francisco -

John Conover likes to take the feet in the soil approach to managing Odette Estate, a winery in Napa. Being in the wine business for 30 years has afforded Conover the ability to get on the Board of Directors of the Napa Valley Grape Growers, managing Odette, and working with winemakers at different estates in California. Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Conover now lives in Napa Valley and is living his dream; maybe it is his dream job, or maybe it is his life philosophy of being gracious, humble, and always keeping a glass half full attitude.

Q&A:

Hometown?

San Antonio, Texas

Place you call home now (neighborhood etc)

Saint Helena, Napa Valley California

Any notes on your education?

The best thing about attending California State University Chico was finding my life long calling of being a Napa Valley Vintner, growing grapes and having my dreams come true.

Favorite sport to watch?

College Basketball and Football specifically University of Southern California & University of Virginia both where my daughters attend.

Best vacation ever?

Tough one. As a surfer Mentawai Islands Sumatra Indonesia for pure relaxation culture with my wife/daughters Bali Indonesia.

Dream trip destination? Why?

Family Trip to the Mentawai Islands Sumatra Indonesia

Favorite dinner?

Morimoto Sushi Napa California

Favorite dessert?

2016 CADE Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain Napa Valley with French or Spanish soft cheese

Underrated food?

Barbecue

Dish you’re best at cooking?

Barbecue

Best meal you’ve had at a restaurant?

Restaurant at Meadowood Napa Valley

Road trip -- three in the car with you. Living or dead. Who are they? Why?

Thomas Jefferson, Miki Dora and Ernest Hemmingway.

Favorite movies?

Mafi or Spy.

Favorite bands?

Better than Ezra, Counting Crows, Jackson Brown

Car you drive now.

Chevrolet Silverado Pickup Truck

Car you’d like to drive. Why?

1973 Porsche 911 RS. Handmade and simple

Best car you’ve owned

1997 Porsche Turbo

Got a favorite watch?

Yes, Garmin 5.

Got a dream watch?

50’s Rolex in Rose Gold.

Summer drink of choice?

CADE Sauvignon Blanc, Beer Russian River Brewing Company Pliny the Elder or water

Winter drink of choice?

Estate Cabernet Sauvignon from CADE PlumpJack or Odette

Cologne?

Armani

Go-to red on a wine list?

Besides our own, Littori Pinot Nori never disappoints

Go-to white?

CADE Sauvignon Blanc or Aubert Chardonnay

Favorite beach?

Spanish Bay Monterey California

Best work advice you ever got?

Find your calling in life and you will never have to work another day!

Best thing about your career?

I found my calling and all of my dreams have come true

Got any philosophies to live by?

Gratitude, Be Humble, Share, Glass Half Full and surround yourself with like minded people.

What do you do now for work? Tell us something about your work and career path.

As a young man followed my heart not my head and found a lifelong career, never ending learning and a task I will never master.

What does luxury mean to you?

Simplicity and memories

Do you have any philanthropic interests/endeavors?

Public Education, Breast Cancer Research and Cleaning up the Ocean.