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  • Strong Turnout for 16th Annual Napa County Pruning Contest Despite Heavy Rain

    Posted in Press Releases on Feb 09, 2017

    NAPA, CA (February 9, 2017) – Despite heavy rain and muddy vineyard rows, the Napa Valley Grapegrowers’ (NVG) and Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation held its 16th Annual Napa County Pruning Contest at Beringer’s Gamble Ranch Vineyard Wednesday. 86 men and 18 women competed.

  • Pruners Power Through

    Posted in NVG News, Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation on Feb 09, 2017

    By Henry Lutz

    YOUNTVILLE — It’s pruning season in the vineyards, and at this year’s Napa County Pruning Contest the only thing sharper than the shears were the whetted skills of the contestants handling them. Braving a steady downpour Wednesday afternoon, a record turnout of more than 100 contestants competed among the vineyard rows at Beringer Vineyard’s Gamble Ranch property for the 16th iteration of the annual contest.

    Click here to read more at the Napa Valley Register

  • The thinned red wine

    Posted in Growing Season, Industry News, NVG News on Nov 22, 2016

    By W. Blake Gray

    Imagine if I could tell grapegrowers a way to produce more wine from the same vineyard that is also actually better. Happy Thanksgiving winegrowers, I’m here for you!

    There’s another culprit to add to the list of reasons wines are unintentionally getting higher in alcohol: crop-thinning. This revelation comes from Rootstock, Napa Valley Grapegrowers’ annual technical conference for its members.

    The word “unintentionally” is important. Many vintners, especially in Napa Valley, want their wines to have higher alcohol because it brings greater body and more perceived sweetness, not to mention higher scores from last-generation critics. But plenty of others, especially Pinot Noir producers, claim to have little control over alcohol levels. They like to say they give us what nature gives them.

    Click here to read more at Palate Press

  • Rootstock doubles down on dual language classes, technology

    Posted in Growing Season, Industry News, NVG News, Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation on Nov 10, 2016

    By Henry Lutz

    People from all corners of the wine grape industry swarmed the Napa Valley Expo on Tuesday for myriad product booths, displays of tractors and assorted farm equipment and vast tents for seminars and vineyard and wine trials.

    This year’s event included expanded seminars in Spanish. “We have headphones in the seminars with translators,” explained Jennifer Putnam, executive director of Napa Valley Grapegrowers.

    “So if you’re a Spanish speaker you can go in the seminars, put the headphones on and there’s a real-time translation happening in your headphones so you can follow the slides and all the information.”

    Click here to read more at the Napa Valley Register

  • Nearly 2,000 Attend Rootstock in Napa Valley

    Posted in Industry News, NVG News on Nov 09, 2016

    By Kerana Todorov

    The Napa Valley Grapegrowers, an organization with about 700 members, has run a version of Rootstock for the 23 years, said Napa Valley Grapegrowers president Garrett Buckland at the event at Napa Valley Expo. It is a “one-stop shop” for anyone seeking ways to improve wine quality, he said.

    “The focus of Rootstock is really to provide ultra premium vendors with really ultra premium clients and have that framework around some of the best seminars that you can find in the wine business today,” said Buckland, who helped coordinate the post-harvest event.

    Click here to read more at Wine Business