The Faces of Clos Du Val: Q&A with Scott Johnson
Welcome to another segment of Behind the Faces of Clos Du Val. This face may be quite familiar to many of you, as he is often in the "front lines" and interacts with our amazing guests on the daily in the tasting room as our Guest Experience Manager.
Scott is the kind of guy who evokes a sense of happiness the moment you see him. Always wearing a beaming smile, he’s the epitome of hospitality. A seasoned vet in the wine industry, Scott is a critical part of the success of Clos Du Val. Always rallying behind his team and his guests, exuding energy and offering up laughs, Scott is someone you most definitely want to know!
Alright, and I now give the stage to Mr. Scott Johnson.
Photo by Rocco Ceselin
Q&A with Scott Johnson, Guest Experience Manager at Clos Du Val
How long have you been with Clos Du Val?
I’ve been here since March of 2018 so, 15 months.
How did you get started in the wine business?
This is kind of a long story. (He says with a big smile and long laugh) So, growing up in Napa, wine was always a part of my life. I had a couple neighbors who retired and decided to pursue winemaking. I spent many winters with them in their makeshift garage cellars handling different parts of the winemaking process. Come summer I would work with them in the vineyards, which eventually led to some more seasonal gigs with other neighbors. I always had an obsession with the art form of it and how many people it took to get the juice into the glass. For me, it came down to the quality of the experience, and how wine becomes so centric to the dinner table. Ironically, when in school, I was going a much different direction, and was more focused on pursuing wellness, specifically physical therapy. It wasn’t until I came back to Napa that I really developed a deeper respect for the Napa lifestyle. It’s always been a love affair and something I’m really proud of; to connect people from all around the world, all walks of life, together.
What’s your favorite part about your job?
The thing I love most about my job is the opportunity to help create lasting memories for our guests. We’re in a very unique industry where there are so many people involved – from growing, to production, sales, hospitality, marketing, etc., who are all working toward that end vision of passing a glass of wine to a customer and continuing the story.
What are you most proud of?
I’m most proud of being involved with an iconic family owned winery in Napa Valley that has pursued a path to preserve what they have created. Pride really comes into play with being here during this time of renovation.
Who’s your biggest inspiration?
Mom. The way that she looks at life is such an astounding accomplishment. The way she can balance everything and always be there for family and friends, while pursuing an amazing professional career in real estate, yet still always placing value on taking time to step back and appreciate life, usually with a glass of wine.
What’s one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
When I’m not gardening, reading a book over a cup of coffee or aquascaping, I’m training for triathlons.
When you’re not working at the winery, what can people find you doing?
Right now, it’s wedding, wedding, wedding. Lot’s of wedding planning with my better half.
Drink of choice?
It’s totally circumstantial. When it comes down to beverages, I am an opportunist.
What’s the wine that created the “ah-ha” moment?
Chateau Chaval Blanc, I want to say it was an '89 or something like that.
If a film was named after you, what would it be called?
The Eternal Optimist, that’s so lame but probably true. (He says with a chuckle)
If I was to go turn on your car, what song would most likely be playing?
It’s probably Creedence Clearwater to be honest. It would be ultra-lame to say a podcast but honestly that’s queued up 90% of the time.
If you stop by Clos Du Val for a tasting be sure to say hello to Scott and embarrass him by mentioning you read this. ;) Until next time on The Faces of Clos Du Val..