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.