By Geoffrey Mohan
Jason Haas' plan for El Niño involves oats, sweet peas, vetch, clover, sheep, alpacas, a llama and a couple of donkeys. It's not for everyone, the organic viticulturist admits. But it works for his family's Paso Robles vineyard, where dormant vines have laid bare acre after acre of precious topsoil on steep hillsides.
By Paul Franson
Sometimes it seems as if a new pest or disease threatens California grapevines every week, but many tools are available to fight them. Three experts discussed some of the most promising approaches for fighting vineyard pests at the Napa Valley Grapegrowers’ Rootstock conference held Nov. 12, 2015.
By Paul Franson
Napa, Calif.—Vineyard owners and management companies often face new regulations and laws for their workers, but an unusual number will encounter them in the next few years. “There have been more changes to the rules and regulations in the past six months than I’ve seen in the past 10 years,” José Chang, deputy agricultural commissioner for Napa County, stated during a talk he gave at the Rootstock meeting last week. And, he warned, “More are coming.”
By Maria Sestito
Napa Valley grapegrowers and their workers turned out in force Thursday for a trade show at Napa Valley Expo that celebrated the nurturing of the prized wine grape. Rootstock featured vendors of all stripes that offered new technology, equipment options, advances in irrigation and frost protection and other industry services. Many wineries were represented as well, some of them leading blending sessions.