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THE IMBIBE 75

By Betsy Andrews, Penelope Bass, Kate Bernot,Joshua M. Bernstein, Carissa Chesanek,Paul Clarke, Shana Clarke, Amy Bess Cook,Jillian Dara, Max Falkowitz, Jennifer Fiedler,Chala June, Maggie Kimberl, Laurel Miller,Caroline Pardilla, Emily Saladino, Robert Simonson,Christine Sismondo, and Alex Testere

We’re cruising into 2024 with a thirst for adventure, and we’ve gotplenty of ideas for where the year will take us. Following is ourannual list of 75 people and places we think will help shape the drinksworld this year and beyond. There are new cocktail and wine bars tocheck out and cafés and breweries to make a part of your days ahead,along with plenty of talented drinks pros doing impressive work in theirestablishments, and their communities. And this list is just the start—head to imbibemagazine.com to learn more about the 2024 Imbibe 75.

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ANNA BRITTAIN “We’re trying to set the highest bar for sustainability and climate action in the wine industry,” says Anna Brittain. “If not here, where? “The executive director of Napa Green, Brittain has spent more than eight years evolving a sustainability certification for the nation’s most powerful wine region. A Napa native, Brittain worked on environmental policy in Washington, D.C., climate negotiations with a policy group in Geneva, and climate change mitigation in Vietnam. She headed home in 2015 to grow Napa Green, having consulted with the Napa Valley Vintners to develop the wine program years earlier, and ultimately transformed it into an independent non-profit providing consultation, third-party certification, and ongoing support for wineries looking to reduce their impact. With Brittain’s help,90 wineries and 25 vineyards have saved more than $5million in energy costs and 28 million gallons of water in Napa. Her biennial conference, Napa RISE, has gathered more than750 attendees in the valley and beyond, providing “a roadmap of what sustainable winemaking looks like” and eliciting commitments to action: Opus One trialing water-eliminating UV tank sanitation; Dominus Estate launching a no-till farming pilot project. Tod Mostero, Dominus’ director of viticulture and winemaking, says, “Anna has been fearless at taking on the task of moving the wine industry toward proactivity in the rebuilding of our physical and social landscapes, locally and internationally.” Now, she’s taking it further. In her quest for a “soil-to-bottle, whole-systems approach “to sustainability, Britain is developing a calculator to measure emissions in packaging and distribution. And she’s overhauled Napa Green’s vineyard certification to focus on climate action, regenerative farming, and social justice, tracking carbon sequestration in vineyard soils and equity in workforces. In all her work, she never forgets the opportunity that her region’s clout affords. “Napa has an incredibly powerful platform, and we can motivate change,” she says. “We really need to be leaders.”—BA

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Making the commitment to third party certification takes time and effort, but it is worth it to demonstrate our commitment to the community and to protect our watershed, our land and the air we breathe.​

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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