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Our winemaking team brings a breadth of experience to the table when crafting the unique wines at Conn Creek Winery.

Elizabeth DeLouise-Gant Bio Image

Winemaker

Elizabeth DeLouise-Gant

Elizabeth DeLouise-Gant joined Conn Creek as Head Winemaker in 2017. Prior to joining Conn Creek, Elizabeth was the Assistant Winemaker for Stag's Leap Wine Cellars. Previous roles include working a harvest with Tamber Bey Vineyards in Calistoga, and Assistant Winemaker at Beaulieu Vineyard where she was responsible for overseeing production operations for the Georges de Latour Private Reserve Winery.

Elizabeth graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences with a minor in Cultural Anthropology. She was raised in Napa Valley and gained her first taste of the wine industry helping out in her parents’ vineyard. Her passion for wine led her to apply her Biology background to the science of winemaking. She completed the Winemaking Certificate Program at U.C. Davis.

“A lot of people say this but it’s really true: winemaking is the perfect balance of science and art,” Elizabeth says. “I really enjoy seeing the correlation of what happens in the cellar, lab, and of course the final blend.”

Of her role as Head Winemaker for Conn Creek Winery, Elizabeth says, “My passion in winemaking has always been Cabernet Sauvignon—its styles, clones, the many ways it can be interpreted—so joining Conn Creek was a natural fit. I look forward to continuing to explore the possibilities of Bordeaux varietals with this stellar team.”

In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 children.

“I really enjoy seeing the correlation of what happens in the cellar, lab, and of course the final blend.”

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Assistant Winemaker

Jason Johnson

Jason Johnson joined Conn Creek as Assistant Winemaker in 2017. Prior to Conn Creek, he was the Cellar Master for Provenance-Hewitt Vineyards. Previous to that role, Jason worked at Beaulieu Vineyard for 10 years where he “had a hand in every cellar role possible,” and eventually took the lead cellar role in the Georges de Latour Private Reserve Winery.

Originally from Pinole, California, it was during his time in the cellar at Beaulieu Vineyards that Jason really became interested in wine and winemaking. This interest soon became a passion and 17 years into his career, Jason draws parallels between wine and his love for music.

“For me, winemaking is like music,” he says. “There are instruments when played alone, sound good and can cause one type of emotion. When you add another instrument with the first, it creates a whole new emotion. Keep adding instruments and the sky is the limit to the emotions you can create.”

Talking of his new role as Assistant Winemaker for Conn Creek Winery, Jason notes, “Located almost in the center of the Napa Valley and with so many AVA’s to play with, this is a winemaker’s paradise. I am so excited to be here and play all of the Valley’s instruments to create the best possible orchestra for the Anthology and AVA Series.”

In his free time Jason likes to play the drums. He resides just south of Napa Valley in American Canyon with his wife and two daughters.

Tracey Hoff

Senior Manager, Visitor Center

Tracey Hoff

Tracey Hoff joined Conn Creek Winery as Senior Manager of Guest Services in 2015. Prior to joining Conn Creek, Tracey has a long history in hospitality and wine industry with companies such as Steven Kent Portfolio, Hyatt Hotels and Capital Restaurant Concepts.

“For me, the intrigue with wine simply began with the experience. There was a warmth, and genuine connection amongst those gathered.” she says.

As time moved on, Tracey became fascinated with the intricacies of wine: the vintage, clones, terroir, winemaking choices. Tracey notes, “For me, I appreciated the history and stories that shaped the wine I was enjoying.”

In her role, Tracey oversees the winery’s visitor center and guest experiences, including the Barrel Blending Experience®. Speaking of the most rewarding aspects of her role at Conn Creek Winery, Tracey says,

In her free time, Tracey enjoys traveling and spending time with her family. She holds a Level III certification from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET).

“I enjoy our guests have that same sense of connection with wine as I’ve experienced, working with a team that understands and appreciates wine and more importantly, hospitality, seeing the life-cycle of wine first-hand, and creating programs that engage our team and guests.”

Brandon McEntire

Tasting Room Supervisor

Brandon McEntire

Brandon McEntire joined the tasting room team at Conn Creek in 2018. Prior to joining Conn Creek, Brandon was an educator and host at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars. Previous to that, Brandon worked in hospitality for Marriott International for 12 years.

Along Brandon’s hospitality journey, the world of wine was always beckoning. “I got my start as a bartender working with our Sommelier at Carneros Bistro 14 years ago.” Brandon says. “They were very generous sharing their knowledge and expertise. That initially piqued my interest, so the serious exploration of wine really began there.”

From there, Brandon began tasting wines all over the world and with that, had numerous “Ah-Ha!” wine moments.

Brandon enjoys connecting with people daily at Conn Creek’s tasting room. “There are so many rewards. Even the daily commute through our beautiful valley is a reward.”

Brandon continues to study wine and enjoys sharing his wine and hospitality knowledge with others.

“When you talk about the history of wine you delve into the great civilizations of the past. Now if you include food, the entertainment and possibilities are limitless.”

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