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  • Philanthropy-in-Place: Charity Wine Auctions Are Employing New Strategies to Support Communities

    Posted in Industry News, Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation, NVG News on May 08, 2020

    by Shawn Zylberberg

    The COVID-19 pandemic presents a Catch-22 for charity wine auctions. Their philanthropic efforts to support communities are needed more than ever, yet they cannot gather for big events. So while lockdown measures persist, auction organizers are trying new fundraising strategies. While many charities have faced event cancellations or postponements, they are using virtual auctions and fund-a-needs to continue to support their neighbors in need.

    Read the full Wine Spectator article.

  • This Napa Wine Organization Puts Farmworkers First

    Posted in Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation, NVG News on Feb 27, 2020

    by Jill Barth

    Roberto Juarez is the vineyard manager at Moulds Family Vineyards in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley. He is also curious and eager to expand his knowledge. To better read, write and speak English, he turned to the Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation.

    “Today, my career has improved drastically,” says Juarez. “I have the ability to participate in all the meetings with the winemakers and our viticulture advisor.” Juarez is one of up to an estimated 9,000 farmworkers in Napa Valley, comprised increasingly of permanent residents, many with families. It’s estimated that women represent around 30% of the Napa Valley farmworker population.

    Click here to read the complete Wine Enthusiast article.

  • Bud break begins for vineyards in southern Napa Valley

    Posted on Feb 27, 2020

    by Sarah Klearman

    Warm daytime temperatures have spawned the beginning of bud break in Napa Valley, growers in the Los Carneros appellation say.

    Bud break is the first step in the growth cycle of grape vines, and an easily identifiable one: pruned vines boast new growth in the form of small, bright green buds.

    Warmer temperatures this week likely spurred the bud break, which has begun mostly with younger vines in a handful of Napa Valley appellations. Los Carneros, which sits at the south end of the Napa Valley, shares its border with eastern Sonoma County, where growers announced bud break earlier this week.

    Click here to read the full Napa Valley Register article.

  • At Napa's annual pruning contest, expert competitors shine

    Posted on Feb 09, 2020

    by Sarah Klearman

    Contestants positioned themselves deftly in their places. They willed themselves to concentrate, breathed deeply, and gripped their equipment. And then, given the signal, they began to prune.

    One hundred and sixty contestants competed Saturday in Napa County’s 19th annual pruning contest, hosted by the Napa Valley Grapegrowers and the Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation. Though pruning season is quieter this time of year than, say, harvest – it’s one to which notably less headlines are devoted, anyway – it’s just as critical a time, according to Bertus Van Zyl, one of a cohort of judges scoring contestants on Saturday.

    Click here to read the complete Napa Valley Register article.

  • America's Top 13 Charity Wine Auctions Raised $44.1 Million in 2019

    Posted in NVG News, Press Releases on Jan 28, 2020

    by Shawn Zylberberg

    Many of the nation's top charity auctions enjoyed another record-breaking year in 2019. Wine lovers became local heroes as 13 auctions topped the $1 million mark in live bids, earning a spot on Wine Spectator's annual list of top charity wine events. Those highest-earning events raised a combined $44.1 million in live bids for underprivileged children, health initiatives and art and cultural institutions across the country.

    Click here to read the complete article in Wine Spectator.