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Gavin Newsom

Gavin Newsom is a fourth-generation San Franciscan who was elected to consecutive terms as Mayor of the city and now serves as Lieutenant Governor of California. Over the years, Newsom has worked tirelessly in the public sector to revitalize MUNI, restore neighborhood parks, combat homelessness and protect diversity.

Also an entrepreneur and wine enthusiast, Newsom, with philanthropist Gordon Getty, opened the retail venue, PlumpJack Wines, in 1992. Their vision was to demystify the wine-buying experience by providing a friendly, helpful atmosphere. Today this vision has expanded to include PlumpJack Winery, CADE Estate Winery, fine restaurants, resorts, and retail outlets.

Newsom lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two children.




John Conover, General Manager

John ConoverLongtime wine industry executive John Conover is General Manager of PlumpJack Winery & Partner in CADE Estate Winery. He has overseen the founding and construction of CADE Estate Winery on Howell Mountain, the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certified estate winery in Napa Valley. Under his direction, the winery released its first vintages of Sauvignon Blanc and Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, among them the 2008 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon that received 98+ points from Robert Parker.

"Howell Mountain is known for growing great Cabernet," says Conover. "Our goal with CADE is to make wines that are dense, rich, and age-worthy but not rustic or tannic. Howell Mountain terroir is so unique that we had to step back and rethink everything about winemaking from the vineyard to the cellar, so that our wines reflect the power of their terroir with one-of-a-kind approachability. We're calling this characteristic CADE style Modern Howell Mountain."

Conover joined PlumpJack Winery in 1999, after holding sales, marketing, and management positions with Grgich Hills Cellar, Monticello Cellars, and Lockwood Vineyard. He serves on the Board of Directors of The Napa County Land Trust and Napa Valley Grape Growers.