A few weeks ago, at our annual conference in Portland, the Society of Wine Educators (SWE) welcomed its new Executive Committee and Board of Directors. While many of our board members have served for quite a few years, there are also some new faces in the group as well. Today we’d like to introduce you to one of our new board members, Connor Best, CSW…and thank him for his service to the Society!
Connor Best, CSW, is a new addition to the SWE Board of Directors. A native of South Louisiana, Connor made the leap from Cajun Country to Napa Valley to work a harvest after completing graduate school. Now, 120 months later, Connor is fully immersed in the Napa Valley wine industry, working for the Napa Valley Vintners as Education Manager. Before joining the NVV, he worked in production and sales and two prominent Napa Valley wineries and as member relations manager for the NVV.
As the Education Manager, Connor is responsible for implementing the appellation education efforts of Napa Valley Vintners. Connor has been a SWE member for the past three years and has been an active participant in several of SWE’s past conferences. In addition to developing sessions for the SWE conference, Connor works to educate members of the trade on why Napa Valley is one of the world’s premiere wine regions through programs both in and outside of Napa Valley.
Connor has a Master’s Degree in Political Communications as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Government, both from Louisiana State University.