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  • NAPA VALLEY GRAPEGROWERS LOOKING FORWARD TO THE 2017 HARVEST

    Posted in Growing Season, NVG News on Jul 28, 2017

    by Celcile Ruffino

    Veraison Underway in Napa Valley

    According to the Napa Valley Grapegrowers (NVG), veraison, an annual benchmark in the winegrape growing season, is officially underway. Known as the onset of ripening, veraison marks the colorful transition from grape growth to grape ripening, resulting in several changes in fruit development. They not only change color, but they also begin to increase in weight, volume, and sugar content.

    Click here to read more on Napa Life Magazine.

  • 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

  • After The Rains, Grapegrowers Gauge The Coming Season

    Posted in Growing Season, NVG News on Feb 25, 2017

    By Henry Lutz

    “We’re not going to be able to turn all this water into wine.”

    That’s one grapegrower’s take on the surplus rainfall of recent months and what it will mean for vineyards in Napa County as the rain season ebbs and the growing season draws near.

    Click here to read more at the Napa Valley Register

  • The thinned red wine

    Posted in Growing Season, Industry News, NVG News on Nov 22, 2016

    By W. Blake Gray

    Imagine if I could tell grapegrowers a way to produce more wine from the same vineyard that is also actually better. Happy Thanksgiving winegrowers, I’m here for you!

    There’s another culprit to add to the list of reasons wines are unintentionally getting higher in alcohol: crop-thinning. This revelation comes from Rootstock, Napa Valley Grapegrowers’ annual technical conference for its members.

    The word “unintentionally” is important. Many vintners, especially in Napa Valley, want their wines to have higher alcohol because it brings greater body and more perceived sweetness, not to mention higher scores from last-generation critics. But plenty of others, especially Pinot Noir producers, claim to have little control over alcohol levels. They like to say they give us what nature gives them.

    Click here to read more at Palate Press

  • Rootstock doubles down on dual language classes, technology

    Posted in Growing Season, Industry News, NVG News, Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation on Nov 10, 2016

    By Henry Lutz

    People from all corners of the wine grape industry swarmed the Napa Valley Expo on Tuesday for myriad product booths, displays of tractors and assorted farm equipment and vast tents for seminars and vineyard and wine trials.

    This year’s event included expanded seminars in Spanish. “We have headphones in the seminars with translators,” explained Jennifer Putnam, executive director of Napa Valley Grapegrowers.

    “So if you’re a Spanish speaker you can go in the seminars, put the headphones on and there’s a real-time translation happening in your headphones so you can follow the slides and all the information.”

    Click here to read more at the Napa Valley Register