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  • 2016 Bud Break - Earliest Ever? Napa Valley Growing Season Begins

    Posted in Growing Season on Mar 02, 2016

    By Register Staff

    With the combination of warm temperatures and relatively little recent rain, bud break has begun in Napa Valley, marking the beginning of the winegrape growing season. “Buds on chardonnay have begun swelling and bursting on a few vines. With this warm weather and no real rain or cold weather in the near forecast, it shouldn’t be long before everything takes off,” said Brittany Pederson, viticulturist at Silverado Farming Company and a member of the Napa Valley Grapegrowers.

    Click here to read more at the Napa Valley Register

  • Best Of The Best Compete In Pruning Contest

    Posted in Growing Season, Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation, NVG News on Feb 04, 2016

    By Maria Sestito

    YOUNTVILLE — “I already won because I’m here,” said Roberto Juarez (in Spanish) during the 15th annual Napa County Pruning Contest on Thursday at Beringer Vineyards’ Gamble Ranch. Out of the thousands of farmworkers in the Napa Valley, fewer than 100 were selected to participate in the pruning contest presented by the Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation and the Napa Valley Grapegrowers.

    Click here to read more in the Napa Valley Register

  • A Grapegrower's New Year

    Posted in Growing Season on Dec 31, 2015

    By Bill Hanna

    “Hallelujah” is a word often heard in songs of the Christmas season. It also conveys our feeling at the end of a growing season when the last of the fruit has been delivered. That event, however, is not the end of the work season. Since then, you probably noticed straw being spread for erosion control and vineyards being removed for replanting.

    Click here to read more in the Napa Valley Register

  • Outbreak Of Pierce's Disease

    Posted in Growing Season, Industry News on Dec 03, 2015

    By Paul Franson

    North Coast, Calif.—Grapegrowers in Napa and Sonoma counties experienced an explosion of Pierce’s disease (PD) this year, and it’s attributed to the native blue-green sharpshooter, not the threatening glassy-winged sharpshooter that so far has been excluded from the counties by rigid quarantines.

    Click here to read more at Wines & Vines

  • 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