Become A Napa Green Ambassador

Would you like to feel more comfortable and confident talking about Napa Green Winery and the new Napa Green Vineyard certification and sustainable winegrowing?

Want to have a quick answer ready when people ask, “What is the difference between sustainable and organic?”

Interested in new ideas to engage guests, differentiate your wines, and share your sustainability story in the tasting room, on social media and other communications channels?

Join us for the Napa Green Ambassadors workshop covering:

  • What is sustainability?
  • What does it mean to be Napa Green?
  • Market studies and evidence that consumers care.
  • Beneficial birds and animals in the vineyard – fun facts like opossums are immune to snake venom.
  • Tips and tools for sharing your sustainability story on social media.
  • Examples of how Napa Green members share their sustainability stories.

Napa Green Ambassador Training Videos

Anna Brittain | Executive Director at Napa Green

What are the Six Pillars of Sustainable Winegrowing Leadership? What does
it mean to be Napa Green? Market studies and evidence that demand for sustainability is growing from consumers & retailers.

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Meghan Vergara | Certified Sommelier and Owner of Veritas Consultants

Megan Scott | Winery Program Manager at Napa Green

Tips and tools to leverage social media, including Instagram Live, and successful examples from Napa Green and our members.

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Kelly Mitchell | The Wine Siren 

Elizabeth Vianna | Winemaker at Chimney Rock Winery

Throughout 2022, Kelly Mitchell has been interviewing wine industry leaders about their commitments to sustainability. She’ll share her perspective on
why this matters and what she’s learned, followed by a live 10-min interview between Kelly and Elizabeth.

Anna Brittain | Executive Director at Napa Green

Grounded examples and inspiration for framing and sharing your
sustainability story.

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Ben Mackie | Vineyard Program Manager at Napa Green

Ruby Stahel | Conservation Project Manager at Napa RCD

Who doesn’t love bees and butterflies? Ben and Ruby will introduce the Monarch Working Group, and tools and resources to expand monarch and pollinator habitat.

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John Comisky | Board Member Napa Wildlife Rescue

Carol Poole | Board President of Napa Wildlife Rescue

John will talk about our furry and winged friends in the vineyard, including
raptors and Carole will introduce Maddie, an ambassador Red Tailed Hawk.

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Anna Brittain | Executive Director at Napa Green

Closing notes from Anna Brittain at the third annual Napa Green Ambassador Training session.

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Anna Brittain | Executive Director at Napa Green

Anna has worked locally, nationally and internationally on environmental management and policy with organizations ranging from the environmental economics think tank Resources for the Future in Washington, DC to the International Union for Conservation of Nature in Hanoi, Vietnam. She has spent a decade facilitating and growing sustainability in the wine industry, with an expertise in communications and certification standards. She has helped lead the growth of the Napa Green program since 2015, and stepped into the position of Executive Director of the now independent non-profit in fall 2019. 

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Meghan Vergara | Certified Sommelier and Owner of Veritas Consultants

Meghan Vergara is a certified Sommelier with over 15 years experience working in world class culinary and wine markets such as New York City and Napa Valley. During her extensive Sommelier training and tenure at the some of the nation’s top restaurants she learned from the very best industry professionals, wine makers and successful business owners how to create a wine experience like no other.
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Megan Scott | Winery Program Manager at Napa Green

With a background in electrical and communications engineering, hospitality,  marketing and software, Megan has demonstrated her ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship by professionally facilitating sustainability conversations in the international hospitality industry through blogs, public speaking presentations, trainings and webinars featuring green business practices. Megan is dedicated in guiding businesses toward a more sustainable future. She holds an MBA, Sustainable Business Enterprises from Dominican University, and a BS in Marketing as well as a BS in Management from Sonoma State University.

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Kelly Mitchell | Napa Valley Sustainable Writer & Podcaster | The Wine Siren

Based in Napa Valley, California, Kelly Mitchell is known globally as “The Wine Siren” and tells the stories of people behind sustainable wine and sustainable food who make life a little more enjoyable for all of us.  It’s her business acumen and natural curiosity that make her podcast, writing and videos a winning combination.

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Elizabeth Vianna | Winemaker at Chimney Rock Winery

Elizabeth Vianna attributes her career in winemaking to a glass of 1985 Sociando Mallet, which she enjoyed at a pre-auction tasting at Christie’s in New York. A biology major at Vassar College, Elizabeth was originally on the pre-medical school track. She fell in love with wine as a consumer while living in New York City, working as a clinical toxicologist at New York Hospital – Weill Cornell Medical Center. Her strong science background and sudden infatuation with wine propelled her to apply to the University of California – Davis, and its renowned winemaking program instead of medical school.

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Ben Mackie | Vineyard Program Manager at Napa Green

For the past 15 years, Ben has been designing and implementing regenerative farming systems in a variety of ecosystems. Ben has been managing farms, improving soils, and educating the next crop of environmental stewards with a holistic view of farming with natural systems. No stranger to Napa, he previously lived on Mt Veeder, where he fell in love with the oak and madrone woodlands and made friends with the local ravens. When Ben is not helping Napa’s vineyards adopt 21st century practices, he is spending time with his impressive wife and two wild children in the woods and on the water. Ben currently occupies Nisenan Territory and is a proud alumnus of Sterling College in Northeast Vermont, where he received a BA in Sustainable Agriculture.

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Ruby Stahel | Conservation Project Manager at Napa RCD

Ruby has been working in environmental conservation since 2009. She has a M.S in Conservation Biology from Antioch University New England and a B.A in Environmental Studies from Prescott College. Ruby has worked with the USDA Agricultural Research Service (Crops Pathology and Genetics Research Unit at UC Davis) and the USDA Forest Service on the East Coast and in Puerto Rico. Her areas of expertise are in conservation planning and implementing restoration projects. Since joining Napa RCD in 2019, Ruby has helped many farmers complete Farm Conservation Plans, Carbon Farm Plans, and Pollinator Habitat Plans. Ruby also works with landowners to improve erosion control practices and is a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC). 

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John Comisky | Board Member Napa Wildlife Rescue

John Comiksy is the former President of Napa Wildlife Rescue, the only organization in Napa County that is permitted to rescue, rehabilitate, and release wildlife back into the wild. John Comisky is also a freelance photographer based in Napa. His photographic work for Wildlife Rescue Center of Napa County reveals his love for birds and mammals. He has documented wildlife, landscapes, and candid moments of everyday life from across the globe.

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Carole Poole | President of Napa Wildlife Rescue

Carole Poole is the President of Napa Wildlife Rescue. She has been an active member of NWR since 2011, originally drawn by a flyer that said “Help feed baby birds.” She was hooked during that first season while caring for baby songbirds.

Within a few years she became a specialist working with raptors and is now the caretaker of Maddie, a red-tailed hawk who stars in NWR’s education programs.

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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