by Sasha Paulsen
Harvest 2018 in Napa Valley is underway, as Judd’s Hill Winery northeast of Napa picked its first grapes on Aug. 10.
“It wasn’t a lot,” said Judd Finkelstein of Judd’s Hill. “A half-ton of a white German field blend for a custom crush but it was ready.”
Heidi Soldinger of Napa Valley Grapegrowers said reports are beginning to come in from growers who are sampling grapes and beginning to set picking dates.
The launch is later than 2017, which was an early harvest after a summer of heat spikes, Soldinger said. In contrast, this year has been a more even, less challenging growing season.
by Jancis Robinson
When John Williams of Frog’s Leap organised the first organic wine growing conference in Napa Valley in 1989, nine people turned up (“and I paid seven of them”, he claims). At the end of this month, the Napa Valley Grapegrowers will hold their seventh organic conference and have had to cap sign-ups at 120.
by Kerana Todorov
Napa County residents and other visitors on Saturday headed to vineyards they see every day but do not stop by. They were invited to take part in “Afternoon in the Vineyards,” an event Napa Valley Vintners and Napa Valley Grapegrowers sponsor every year.
by Garrett Buckland, President, Napa Valley Grapegrowers
2018 marks the beginning of the 50-year anniversary of Napa County’s Agricultural Preserve — the first of its kind in the nation. This landmark set of zoning laws, which encompasses AP and AW lands, established agriculture as the highest and best use of the land in Napa County.
by Henry Lutz
The dull roar heard in the distance before dawn Tuesday morning was not helicopters or an invading army of locusts, as some Napa Valley newcomers might have feared.
It was the sound of grape vines surviving the night.
With recent nighttime temperatures approaching freezing and the threat of frost looming over budding vines, Napa Valley growers have turned on their wind machines — devices that stir the air, thwarting potential damage to young, tender shoots in the early weeks of the growing season.