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  • Reducing smoke in the valley: it's not just hot air

    Posted in Industry News, NVG News on Apr 04, 2017

    by NVG Task Force

    "Picture this scene: This year in Napa, we have benefited from frequent and significant rain. Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s hotline announces an increasingly rare permitted burn day. An inversion layer, however, can cause smog and smoke to remain near ground level.

    We all know what happens next: The match is struck and the stage is set for the kind of smoky burn that disturbs neighbors and sets a bad example of what it means to farm in the Napa Valley.

    Can the industry do more to prevent the occurrences of these types of burns? Yes — ask the Napa Valley Grapegrowers Vineyard Burning Task Force."

    Click here to read more at the Napa Valley Register

  • Ted Hall of Long Meadow Ranch named 2017 Named Grower of the Year

    Posted in Industry News, NVG News on Mar 30, 2017

    By North Bay Business Journal

    Rutherford grower Ted Hall of Long Meadow Ranch has been named the 2017 Napa Valley Grower of the Year.

    Hall will be honored for his contributions to the Napa Valley wine industry and community on May 12 at Napa Valley Grapegrowers’ 42nd annual dinner. Award criteria are a strong commitment to sustainable practices, recognized leadership in agricultural preservation, dedicated community focus, contributions to the Napa Valley community and active promotion of Napa’s reputation for the highest-quality vineyards.

    Click here to read more at the North Bay Business Journal

  • With warmer weather, Napa vineyards are springing to life

    Posted in Growing Season, NVG News on Mar 17, 2017

    By Henry Lutz

    The growing season has begun in Napa’s vineyards, with the first buds opening on vines from Carneros north to St. Helena. Over the coming weeks and months, shoots, leaves and berries will follow.

    Caleb Mosley, senior viticulturist with Michael Wolf Vineyard Services, said Thursday that bud break is prevalent in the southern end of the county, citing a client’s blocks of chardonnay off Cuttings Wharf Road in the Carneros region.

    “From what I’ve seen so far that’s where bud break is really taking off,” Mosley said.

    Click here to read more at the Napa Valley Register

  • Experts weigh impacts of millennials on Napa Wine

    Posted in Industry News, NVG News on Mar 12, 2017

    By Henry Lutz

    ST. HELENA — Experts from various corners of the wine industry gathered last week to talk about the state of the ‘Napa Valley’ brand in the wine world.

    Speaking before a hall packed with industry members at Brasswood Estate, presenters at the Napa Valley Grapegrowers’ annual Ahead of the Curve symposium included economists, authors, sommeliers and more. Each offered insights into potential changes on the horizon for the county’s dominant industry.

    Click here to read more at the Napa Valley Resigter

  • High Wages and High Prices in Napa

    Posted in Industry News, NVG News on Mar 09, 2017

    By Paul Franson

    St. Helena, Calif.—The Napa Valley Grapegrowers association has an unparalleled educational program to help growers farm better grapes, but occasionally it steps back from viticulture to take a longer view. This Wednesday the group held the 2017 Ahead of the Curve seminar to do just that.

    In this half-day seminar at Brasswood Estate near St. Helena, observers and experts, some from outside the wine business, offered concentrated insights into issues ranging from farmworker benefits to investing for the future.

    Click here to read more at Wines & Vines