NAPA GREEN NEWS

Happy 2023 and Year of the Rabbit! This is meant to be a year of hope and our year has certainly started off hopeful. Marisa Taylor, former winemaker at Rutherford Hill, officially joined our team in January. We are now five employees and three consultants strong!

Our message of sustainability leadership and accelerating climate action in the wine industry is spreading and resonating. Just a few highlights of where I’ve spoken in the past few months: the Net Good Summit in San Diego, Porto Protocol in Lisbon, XChateau and the The Four Top podcasts, the SSU Executive MBA class, Unified Symposium, and the NVV Annual Meeting just last week. 

Thank you to those who supported our Give!Guide campaign during the holiday giving season. All year round you can make tax deductible donations through our website to support the continued growth and impact of our work.

This newsletter is all about EVENTS, EVENTS, EVENTS! February 23 Soil Health Analysis w/Vineyard Soil Technologies | March 1 Regenerative Agriculture Intensive w/John Kempf | April 5-20 RISE Climate & Wine Symposium. You’re not going to want to miss the second year of the Symposium, now aptly named RISE: Resilience, Innovation, Sustainability, Empowerment. We’re looking forward to seeing you and your teams at some or all of these events!

Thank you,

Anna Brittain

CEO & Executive Director

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Join us for RISE and get involved in accelerating sustainability and climate action in the wine industry! Lunch & wine are included. Early bird prices end February 25th. We are working on securing CECs for several of the workshops/salons. 

In case you weren’t able to join us last year for the Symposium (formerly THRIVES, now returning as RISE) this is a series of six half-day events organized around the Six Pillars of Sustainable Winegrowing Leadership:

We already have 40 speakers confirmed, including Jancis Robinson (Apr 5), Mimi Casteel (Apr 13), Maryam Ahmed (Apr 19), and Esther Mobley (Apr 20), and another 20 in the works. RISE goes beyond inspiration to provide the mentors, resources, tools, and services to start making positive change. 

If not here, where? If not now, when? Let’s build local resilience and longevity AND leverage our powerful leadership platform to catalyze global industry transformation.

A huge thanks to our Premier, Community, and Exclusive Event Sponsors:

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FEBRUARY 23 – SOIL HEALTH ANALYSIS W/VINEYARD SOIL TECHNOLOGIES

Chimney Rock Winery | 9 am-1 pm | Tickets are free & lunch is provided

Join us to learn about how and why to sample and analyze your soil health. This workshop will be led by Nick Madden of VST (Paul Anamosa’s firm) and is focused on empowering growers to sample their soil and interpret and implement the results. We took advanced samples from the workshop site that we will interpret together, and we will have a soil pit dug on-site to investigate. Because of the hands-on nature of the event space is limited so sign up soon to secure your spot. REGISTER HERE

MARCH 1 – AEA REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE INTENSIVE W/JOHN KEMPF

Napa Valley College | 9 am-4 pm | Lunch is provided 

Advancing Eco Agriculture is hosting a full-day intensive led by their founder, John Kempf, with presentations from Napa Green grower Ivo Jeramaz of Grgich Hills, and Greg Pennyroyal of Wilson Creek Winery. Registration will launch this week. Keep an eye on their events page: https://www.advancingecoag.com/events-calendar  

EARTH MONTH & EARTH DAY WINE DONATIONS

As Megan Scott says, “Earth Day is our biggest holiday!” April is a time when guests, neighbors, consumers, restaurants and retailers are all extra tuned in to environmental stewardship and sustainable winegrowing. Take advantage of this month to share your sustainability story, with grounded examples and successes. In March we’ll be sharing some resources and tips for spotlighting your sustainability story on social media and other communications channels. 

Seeking Member Green Wines: Earth Day Napa 2023 will return to Oxbow Commons on Sunday, April 23 and Napa Green member wines will once again be the exclusive wines poured. Please reach out to Megan, megan@napagreen.org, if you would like to donate a half or full-case. 

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.

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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Join us at @grgichhills on Tuesday, June 25th at 9:00am for what promises to be an enlightening, candid and lively discussion on all of the perspectives, challenges and benefits of organic viticulture with top minds in the wine business. 

Tickets may be found at the link in our profile.
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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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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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