by Sarah Klearman
ach year, grape growers come from every corner of the North Bay to attend Rootstock, a conference hosted by the Napa Valley Grapegrowers focused on all things grapes. That includes presentations from industry researchers like Sarah Ferguson.
With the help of a research team, Ferguson, a research viticulturist and enologist at the Napa-based Silverado Farming Company, has spent the last two years researching the impact of mechanical leafing on the quality of wine. She’s also attempted to chart the impact of leafing – the removal of leaves from grapevines – at different points during the growing season.
“We know removing leaves is an important viticultural practice, and we wanted to see if the method used would have an impact on the wine,” Ferguson said in her presentation.
by Eric Asimov
ST. HELENA, Calif. — Every wine region has had to deal with some manifestation of climate change, but few have had to deal with as many devastating consequences as Napa Valley.
On Labor Day 2017, as the weekslong harvest was getting underway, the temperature reached 110 degrees here in the heart of cabernet sauvignon country. But extreme summer heat has not been the only issue.
An abnormally warm January and February in 2015 set the growing season in motion early. But a cold snap in May caused many growers to lose 40 to 50 percent of their crop.
by Sarah Klearman
Napa’s growers are, on average, about 75 percent of the way through this year’s harvest, the Napa Valley Grapegrowers said at their annual harvest press conference.
During Tuesday’s conference, which was livestreamed via Facebook, the group said this year’s harvest had gone smoothly, citing the absence of bad weather.
Posted in Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation on Sep 24, 2019
By Jill Barth
The North American wine business has been indelibly shaped by global influences, much of it linked to the contribution of Latinx and Hispanic hands and minds.
With ties to the earliest years of grape growing in the U.S., these communities have shaped the landscape of the bottles we enjoy. These are the people woven through a viticultural history that extends through statehood, the Mexican Revolution, Prohibition, the Great Depression and World War II.
These six industry experts talk about the best parts of their jobs and offer advice for young people seeking a future in the wine business.
Posted on Sep 13, 2019
by Shawn Zylberberg
Harvest season kicked off with a bang in Napa Valley, as this year's Harvest STOMP wine auction reached its highest total ever, raising $2.32 million for the Napa Valley Grapegrowers and Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation, surpassing last year's $2.04 million. The 12th annual event was held Aug. 24 at Pine Ridge Vineyard in Napa, drawing 600 guests dressed in festive ranch attire to celebrate the upcoming harvest. In addition to fevered bidding, they enjoyed barbecue from chef Morgan Robinson's Smoke restaurant and live music from Americana band Tender Mercies.