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  • El Niño Could Be A Boon Or A Blow To California Vineyards

    Posted in Growing Season, Industry News on Nov 27, 2015

    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.

    Click here to read more at the Los Angeles Times

  • How Genetics Are Changing Grapevines

    Posted in Growing Season, Industry News on Nov 19, 2015

    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.

    Click here to read more at Wines & Vines

  • Rule Changes Affect Vineyard Workers

    Posted in Industry News, Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation on Nov 18, 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.”

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  • Wine Industry Gathers For Rootstock

    Posted in Industry News, NVG News on Nov 12, 2015

    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.

    Click here to read more at Napa Valley Register