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2018 The Business of Vineyards - Part III: Winegrape Contracts, Negotiations & Lessons Learned from 2017


Tre Posti - 641 Main Street, St. Helena


8:00am - 10:00am


The devastating fires last October led to significant issues for our grapegrowers and their winemaking customers as concerns about smoke taint and actual instances of it affected relationships all over Napa County. This led to many a negotiation between growers and customers, and in some instances, contract disputes and even litigation regarding the financial ramifications from smoke taint and the actions folks took. At our upcoming seminar, local vineyard and winery attorney Scott Greenwood-Meinert of Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass’s Wine Country office in Napa will present to our growers on the variety of issues that smoke taint raises for grape purchase agreements and the parties to them. Scott will share some different contract provision examples to help demonstrate issues and the way different contract provisions deal with certain common legal issues. This will be an interactive presentation, so questions and comments are welcome. Following Scott's presentation, John Wilkinson and Brandon Reitz of Bin to Bottle will discuss winemaking during the 2017 wildfires. The seminar will conclude with a wine tasting and open discussion.

NEW LOCATION - Tre Posti - 641 Main Street, St. Helena

This seminar will also be video recorded as part of a NVG Trial Program. If you cannot attend this event in-person but would like to view it online, please select the “Video Recording” ticket and you will be emailed more information. 


Registration begins at 7:30am with coffee and a light breakfast

8 a.m.
Welcome and Introduction
8:05 a.m.
Winegrape Contracts, Negotiations & Lessons Learned from 2017
Scott Greenwood-Meinert, Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP
9 a.m.
2017 Wildfires - Smoke and Winemaking Lessons with Tasting Component
John Wilkinson, Partner, Bin to Bottle
Brandon Reitz, Assistant Director of Winemaking, Bin to Bottle
9:50 a.m.
10 a.m. 
Event Concludes

This event is open to Grower and Vineyard Management Members only.

This event is only available to NVG Members.

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