NAPA GREEN NEWS

Hello Napa Green Community,
 
Happy Earth Month! This is a prime time to share some of your sustainability stories on social media. Please remember to tag #NapaGreen. If you make it to the end of this newsletter, you will be rewarded with a few examples of great posts from some of your fellow Napa Green members.
 
This newsletter is all about EVENTS, EVENTS, EVENTS! We look forward to seeing you live and in-person at one of our three Napa Green workshops in April, as well as at any or all of the six Napa THRIVES sustainability & climate action leadership events June 7-23. This incredible lineup of events will culminate in an Acceleration Gala at Raymond Vineyards (June 25) to raise a pool of funds to directly support sustainable winegrowing practices, projects, and technologies in our community.
 
Opportunities for Mentorship: Would you like to benefit from the experience of a wine industry leader and receive volunteer mentorship on how to advance specific sustainability practices? Learn more below and let us know if you are interested.
 
Napa Green is Hiring! We are excited to announce that we are looking to expand our small but mighty team and hire a second Climate & Soil Specialist to work on the ground with Napa Green growers. See the job post here. Please share with anyone in your network you think may be interested!
 
Keep an eye out for our next two full-page ads in the Napa Valley Register wine section on April 8 and 22nd! Learn more about the Six Pillars of Sustainable Winegrowing Leadership and see all six ads at certifiedsustainable.wine
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Upcoming Napa Green & Napa THRIVES Events

APRIL 15: CONSERVATION/LOW-SMOKE BURN & ALTERNATIVES WORKSHOP
9:00 AM-1:00 PM | Cakebread Cellars
Raymond Baltar, with Sonoma Biochar Initiative & Sonoma Ecology Center, will be leading a live demonstration teaching the conservation method of burning vine piles with little or no smoke and developing biochar, as well as flame-cap kilns, a simple technology that generates even less air pollution and produces more biochar. Piña Vineyard Management will also be running their AirBurner to show another clean method for burning vines/wood waste and producing biochar for use in the vineyard.
 
APRIL 19: ALL THINGS BOTTLE SUSTAINABILITY WORKSHOP
9:15 AM-12:15 PM | Nickel & Nickel Sullenger Cellar
Join a great lineup of speakers to explore opportunities to “Lighten Up” glass, use recycled glass, and the potential for glass reuse, as well as the sustainability and recyclability of glass, labels, corks, and capsules. Both Upper Valley and Napa Recycling will be there to share insights on claims of recyclability versus reality.
REGISTER HERE: We will send parking and location instructions to registrants in advance.
 
EARTH DAY EVENTS – JOIN US!
APRIL 22: Calistoga Earth Day Concert with Maya | Pioneer Park | 5-8 pm
APRIL 24: Napa Earth Day at Oxbow Commons | 11 am – 4 pm | With entertainment, booths, food trucks, and we will be pouring exclusively Napa Green Certified wines!
 
APRIL 29: ALL THINGS SOIL SUSTAINABILITY WORKSHOP
Opus One Winery Vineyard Shop
8:45 AM-12:15 PM + LUNCH PROVIDED
Join us to learn about soil sampling methods and values, making or procuring compost and biochar and vineyard application, products and tools to enhance and evaluate soil health and the microbiome, as well as tools that assist with water and nutrient retention, and using sheep in the vineyard. Opus One will share their experience making and applying a compost and biochar blend.
REGISTER HERE: We will send parking and location instructions to registrants in advance.
This workshop may be at maximum capacity. We are planning to record this event to share on our website.

Wine Resilience Leadership – NapaTHRIVES June 2022

Mark your calendars for NapaTHRIVES (Transformation, Health, and Resilience Initiatives in Viticulture & Enology Symposium) – a series of events throughout the month of June to accelerate wine industry sustainability and climate action & adaptation leadership.
 
There will be six action-oriented half-day events organized around the Six Pillars of Sustainable Winegrowing Leadership. And the events are just the beginning. Dedicated facilitators and mentors will follow-up with participants to provide direct support, tools and funding strategies to transition opportunities to reality.
 
This convening will culminate in a black-tie gala that will raise money for ongoing sustainability and climate action leadership in Napa County.
 
NapaTHRIVES is being designed by a dedicated coalition of community organizations and businesses. Learn more at CertifiedSustainable.Wine/NapaTHRIVES/.

Napa THRIVES Tickets are LIVE!

Get all of the latest details at napathrives.org
 
JUNE 7-23 Six Events hosted by Charles Krug Winery, in the Carriage House
Tickets $75/day OR $300 for all six events (+optional workshop add-ons)
 
JUNE 25 Acceleration Gala hosted by Raymond Vineyards, in “The Grove”
Early-bird tickets $300 through May 25 (includes dinner, wine, music, and Live Auction)
 
Mark your calendars for NapaTHRIVES (Transformation, Health, and Resilience Initiatives in Viticulture & Enology Symposium) – a series of six events to accelerate wine industry sustainability and climate action leadership.
 
There will be six action-oriented half-day events organized around the Six Pillars of Sustainable Winegrowing Leadership. And the events are just the beginning. Dedicated facilitators and mentors will follow-up with participants to provide direct support, tools and funding strategies to transition opportunities to reality.
 
A few of the incredible speakers we have lined up: Eric Asimov (The New York Times); Bill McKibben (350.org); Kelly Mulville (Paicines Ranch); Kimberly Nicholas (Under the Sky We Make); Jonathan Foley (Project Drawdown)
 
This convening will culminate in a black-tie Acceleration Gala that will raise money for ongoing sustainability and climate action leadership in the regional wine industry.

Are You Interested in Sustainability Mentorship?

One of the unique and incredibly valuable aspects of Napa THRIVES is that we will be inviting a small group of guests to join in the start of a mentorship conversation – topics below.
 
These mentorships will continue for the next 6-12 months after Napa THRIVES. We are still seeking volunteer “mentees.” Please reach out to Tod Mostero, Volunteer Mentor and Director of Viticulture & Winemaking at Dominus Estate, if you are interested in benefitting from a mentorship opportunity.
 
MENTORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:
  • TRANSITION TO DRY FARMING with Tod Mostero, Director of Viticulture & Winemaking, Dominus Estate
  • MAXIMIZING EFFICIENCY BEFORE INSTALLING SOLAR & EV with Juan Moreno, Facility Manager, Rutherford Hill Winery
  • GOING TRUE ZERO WASTE with Molly Sheppard, Educational Winemaker, Spottswoode Estate
  • INSECTARIES & GOING ROUNDUP FREE with Mentor TBD
  • HOW TO GROW DIVERSITY & SOCIAL IMPACT with Philana Bouvier, President, Demeine Estates
  • REGENERATIVE CARBON FARMING & BUILDING SOIL HEALTH with Jim Duane, Winemaker, Seavey Vineyard

Napa Green Hiring Climate & Soil Specialist

Apply today to help Napa Green growers achieve the new, cutting-edge Napa Green Vineyard certification. This Climate & Soil Specialist will work on the ground with leading growers to help them take climate action, implement regenerative “Carbon Farming” practices, improve irrigation efficiency, and enhance social equity, justice, and inclusion.
 
Learn More: Submit applications directly to Executive Director Anna Brittain.

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Napa Green Sponsors

Napa Green is grateful to our sponsors, who help fund our expanding operations and programs. If you are interested in becoming a Napa Green Sponsor please reach out to Napa Green Executive Director, Anna Brittain.

Join these rockstars of winemaking this week at @complinewineshop for Vino & Vinyl night featuring all Napa Green Certified Wineries! 

🗓️: Thursday, July 18th 
📍: Compline Wine Shop 
⏰: 7:00pm 

Get your tickets now at the link in our bio! 💃🍷

@tressabores, @ashesxdiamonds, @spottswoodewinery, @closduval, @larkmeadvineyards, @complinewineshop, @tisharoundtown
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Plan your tasting at @phiferpavittwine in August! 🍷

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead
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You’re invited.. 

Join us for a fun night featuring some awesome Napa Green wineries! Link in profile for tickets. 🎵🍷

📍: @complinewineshop 
🗓️: Thursday 6/18/24 7:00-9:00pm
🎟️: Linked in profile
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Plan your tasting at the beautiful new Garden Pavilion at Napa Green Champion winery @whitehalllane! 

Help support Napa Green while sipping on delicious Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot amongst the scenic views. Cheers to Climate Smart Wines! 🍷

#napavalley #winereels #sustainability #winetasting #winetrip #visitnapavalley #cheers #vineyardviews #winelovers
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Plan your trip to @cliffamily this August for our ‘Cheers to Climate Smart Wines’ campaign! 

Clif Family Winery & Farm will be creating a beautiful food and wine tasting menu for the month of August with a percentage going straight to support Napa Green! 

Plan your visit to the tasting room, food truck or gorgeous Enoteca Private Tasting Salon in August to enjoy great food & wine while helping to support this important initiative! 

#napavalley #sustainability #napa #cheers #winereels #winetasting #visitnapavalley #winebusiness #wineindustry #winetrip
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We’re thrilled to announce our ‘Cheers to Climate Smart Wines’ campaign starting in August! 

Several of our champion members will be curating special offerings to support Napa Green and highlight the brilliant work being done in Climate Action here in Napa Valley. 

Join us this August and visit @spottswoodewinery & @mkshepp!
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Economics of Organics on June 25th at @grgichhills. Register at the link in our bio. 

🎙️: @soilrainandhope 
🎞️: @mvino1
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Seeking third party auditors! Email sierra@napagreen.org for full details!
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Have you been to Napa Green Certified @boeschenvineyards yet?
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Team Green outing today at the stunning @boeschenvineyards as we celebrate big things that we can’t wait to share with you! 🌿
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One of the main resistances to phasing out glyphosate is increased labor and equipment costs. However, the costs of herbicides and fertilizers have risen dramatically, so increased labor demands can be offset by reduced supply chain purchases. 

In addition, leaders like Grgich Hills Estate have shown that regenerative organic farming can be cost-effective. According to an analysis by Brotemarkle Davis & Co. LLP accounting firm, the average annual per acre cost of vineyard management in the Napa Valley is $14,800, with $3,800 in depreciation. At Grgich, they spend $11,000 per acre, with only $1,300 in depreciation due to the longer life of their vineyards. 

Learn from regional leaders about the practical costs, benefits, and ROI of herbicide-free, organic, and regenerative vineyard management.

Confirmed Speakers:
• Ivo Jeramaz, Grgich Hills
• Phil Coturri, Enterprise Vineyard Management & Winery Sixteen 600
• Brad Kurtz, Gloria Ferrer
• Brenae Royal, St. Supery
• Rebekah Wineburg, Quintessa

Register at the link in our bio.
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“Storytelling is key… and sustainability is the most important topic in wine.”

Thank you @elinmccoy for an incredible and insightful conversation with @napagreen members about the stories most likely to capture journalists attention.
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Thank you to all who attended our Future of Water Workshop yesterday at Napa Green Certified @silveroakcellars! 

Stay tuned for more from our luminary speakers @mimicasteel, @todmostero, @petergleick & our own @abrittain.
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Join us for a special roundtable workshop with award-winning journalist Elin McCoy, global wine critic for Bloomberg News and US editor for the podcast The Wine Conversation, with listeners in 95 countries. 

Elin will sit down with a small group of Napa Green members (max 25 guests) and share her insights on the types of stories and pitches most likely to engage the media. In particular, she’ll focus on stories related to sustainable winegrowing, climate action, and social equity. 

Elin will speak and answer questions for about an hour. Then we’ll break into small groups to develop a story pitch, and come back together to present and get Elin’s feedback and input. This is a rare opportunity to get ideas and inspiration from a leading wine journalist. Register at the link in our profile.
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Climate Action & Regenerative Agriculture! Our sixth pillar that encompasses all that we do at Napa Green. 🌼
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