NAPA GREEN NEWS

A month dedicated to Black History and love is a perfect time to send out a Napa Green Newsletter.

In a real sense all life is interrelated. All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.

We started 2021 with a bang by reaching more than 300 people through five online events – Napa Valley Sessions: Leading Climate Action, two St. Supéry Estate virtual tastings, a Green Packaging & Purchasing webinar, and a Gamble Family Vineyards virtual tasting organized for the Williams College NorCal Alumni Association (my alma mater). 
 
We are nearing the end of a more than year-long process to redesign our Napa Green Vineyard certification to focus on two of the most critical issues facing our industry and the world: Social Equity and Climate Change. Developing this next level certification has involved extensive collaboration with the Napa County Resource Conservation District, the input of a Social Equity Working Group and a Pesticide Working Group, and requesting and incorporating feedback from several community organizations. 
 
We will be rolling out the new Napa Green Vineyard certification standards by March 22, and then we will host a number of workshops to help familiarize growers, vineyard management companies and the community with the new standards and the certification process and costs.
 
In addition, we pushed this back due to the impacts of COVID-19 on our members, but in order to continue to sustain and grow the services of the new Napa Green nonprofit we will be rolling out Napa Green Winery Annual Dues on April 1. You can learn more here: https://napagreen.org/winery-certification/ 
 
In the meantime we are enjoying the start of spring and the mustard bloom. Our Napa Green dog, Lily, enjoys a good photo op.

Please do reach out anytime with questions – anna@napagreen.org.

Thanks,

Anna Brittain
Executive Director
Napa Green

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Join Us at these Upcoming Events

 
March 19, 9-11 am: Conservation Burn Workshop, which will include access to a step-by-step guidance video of an actual conservation burn in Carneros in late-February
 
 
TENTATIVE DATE: Week of April 26, Climate-Friendly & “Clean” Farming Workshop in collaboration with Monarch Tractor, including a tractor demonstration
 
TBD: We plan to partner with the Wine Institute and the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance to offer a workshop on the new Water Board winery Waste Discharge Requirements within the next few months. 
 
Did you miss our Green Packaging and Purchasing webinar? The recording and presentations are available on our website.

$500 Incentive for Current & New Napa Green Wineries

Our Napa Green Winery certification is focused on saving members money by improving efficiency and reducing resource use. Of course, some upgrades require an initial investment – low-flow toilets, LED lighting, glycol pipe insulation, installing a Variable Frequency Drive. 
 
Our Napa Green Wineries are also recognized as part of the California Green Business Network, which is providing a $500 incentive that is available to our members. However, time is running out – this incentive is slated to end June 30, 2021. Here are the details:
 
  • CAGBN in partnership with CalEPA is pleased to offer rebates of up to $500 per green business.
  • The rebate can be used to defray costs for services and/or items. The purchase/upgrade must be pre-approved (email megan@napagreen.org).
  • Purchases must relate directly to measures on the Napa Green Winery checklist.
  • Receipts must be provided for each expense.
  • Rebates are subject to availability of funds. 
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California Sustainable Winegrowing Green Medal Awards

We are proud that eight of our Napa Green members have won a Green Medal award since 2015. The 2021 application process is now open, and applications are due by April 2, 2021. Awards are available for four categories: Environment, Business, Community and Leader. 
 
If you plan to apply it is important to ground your achievements with quantified resource savings and other accomplishments. For instance, Clif Family Winery, which won the 2020 Green Medal Community award, shared, “In 2019, we supported 344 different charities through product and time donations. We also donated 20% of proceeds to local non-profits through our Sip and Support program, which began in 2013. We close the business one day/year for community service, and the staff has served 950 volunteer hours.”
 
Full Disclosure: Napa Green Executive Director, Anna Brittain, is on the Green Medal Judging Panel.

Napa Wildlife Rescue and Barn Owl Boxes

If you don’t follow the Napa Wildlife Rescue on Facebook we recommend you get on that. They pair engaging stories of their wildlife rescue and rehabilitation work with some fantastic photos and video. 
 
But did you know that Napa Wildlife Rescue does more than rescue wildlife? They also assist with Integrated Pest Management through their Barn Owl Maintenance Program (BOMP). They will install, monitor and maintain barn owl boxes on vineyard properties. Learn more here: http://www.napawildliferescue.org/bomp/

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.

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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Hear from Winery Program Manager @love.dream.breathe about Energy Efficiency & Savings, one of our pillars of sustainable winegrowing leadership
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We want to sincerely thank everyone who donated either space, time or proceeds of bottles/food sold to Napa Green during Earth Month! We are a small non-profit that greatly relies on donations of these kinds and we’re so grateful for our supportive community. 

Let’s hear it for: 

📍@trefethenfamily 
📍@pineridgewine 
📍@cliffamily 
📍@neotempowines
📖 @karenmacneilco
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Social Justice, Equity & Inclusion. Perhaps our most important pillar of our six pillars of sustainability leadership. 

Thank you for the beautiful description @growresiliently!
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Register now at the link in our profile! 💦

May 23, 2024
Silver Oak Winery, Oakville
9:00 am - 12:15 pm

One of the most critical agricultural concerns with our changing climate, and more frequent & intense weather extremes, is precipitation and water availability. The good news is opportunities abound to optimize irrigation efficiency, and implement regenerative practices that improve soil health, water infiltration, and retention. 

Join us for The Future of Water, with highlights including a keynote from Peter Gleick, one of the world’s leading water experts, and Mimi Casteel, not only a viticulturist and winemaker, but also a forest ecologist with a vision for water resiliency.
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Join us for The Future of Water Workshop, to explore our water future, with highlights including a keynote from Peter Gleick, one of the world’s leading water experts (all guests will receive a copy of Peter’s most recent book, The Three Ages of Water) and Mimi Casteel, not only a viticulturist and winemaker, but also a forest ecologist with a vision for water resiliency.

Wine grape quality is closely tied to the right amount of water, at the right time. One of the most critical agricultural concerns with our changing climate, and more frequent & intense weather extremes, is precipitation and water availability. We’ve swung from historic drought to atmospheric rivers. Our community has huge swaths of unmanaged, unhealthy forests full of non-natives and overrun by firs, amplifying fire risk and undermining one of the most critical systems for groundwater recharge.

The good news is opportunities abound to optimize irrigation efficiency, and implement regenerative practices that improve soil health, water infiltration, and retention. A watershed coalition has also formed in Napa County to pilot and model creek & forest restoration for localized water resiliency and climate cooling. 

Come learn more on Thursday, May 23rd at 9:00am at @silveroakcellars.
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Sustainably sourced ingredients with Chef Sarah Heller 🌱 Purchase your tax deductible ticket to our Opus One x Napa Green dinner at the link in our profile!
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You’re invited.. 

Full details may be found at the link in our profile. Cheers!
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As we wrap up an amazing Earth Month, we want to thank you all for the support & for coming to see us at our events! 

Let’s keep the momentum going and remember that Earth Day is Every Day! 🌎
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