The Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation celebrates its third year of graduates from its groundbreaking English literacy program. Fifty-two (52) farmworkers graduated from the four-month course designed specifically for Napa County farmworkers to assist them with their English literacy and communication skills in the workplace.
In 2014, the Napa Valley welcomed a total of 3.3 million visitors, which represents an increase of 11 percent from 2012 (with 2.94 million visitors), when the last Napa Valley visitor profile was conducted. In 2014, 86.4 percent of visitors were from the United States and 13.6 percent were international visitors, which represents a more than 88 percent increase in international visitors from 2012, or 211,000 additional visitors from outside the U.S.
Attendees will hear from winemakers, researchers, and industry suppliers who will share their expertise on topics such as the impacts of optical sorting and cap management techniques on wine tannins, the practical applications of tannin analysis for making real-time decisions in the winery and phenolics in white wine making.
Professor & Dean Emeritus, Robert Smiley, Director of Wine Studies at the U.C. Davis Graduate School of Management, will present the Executive Survey. His annual talk will reveal how critical issues are impacting leaders in the wine community. Ted Baseler, President & CEO, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates will also present, exploring topics such as water, private labels, the threat of neo-prohibitionists and the Northwest migration trend.
Mira Winery, a producer of critically acclaimed wines exclusively from Napa Valley, announced today that it had retrieved seven cases of the winery's Rutherford Cabernet and one case of Chardonnay, a fraction of the winery's total production, as it extends its commitment to innovation. As part of that effort, Mira will join forces with Cause of Action, a national, nonpartisan government accountability organization, to fight back against government overreach that threatens to stifle Mira's Aquaoir experiment.
The CDFA has extended the voting deadline for continuation of the Pierce's Disease/Glassy-winged Sharpshooter (PD/GWSS) Referendum to June 10. The extension was granted to ensure the minimum eligible grower participation rate is reached. At least 40% of all ballots are needed in order to count the votes for extending the program until 2021.
An advisory panel on Tuesday recommended Napa County refrain from adopting new regulations that would prohibit the net loss of vineyard acreage at wineries seeking permits to build or expand on their property.
Agriculture has boomed in northeastern California in the last 10 years and now accounts for 17 percent of all economic activity in the Sacramento Valley and northern Sierra Nevada region, according to a California State University-Chico study.
It's too soon to know if BottleRock 2015 will bring boom or bust to downtown and Expo area businesses, but local merchants have a variety of plans to deal with the expected crowds this Friday through Sunday.
It won the "Conventional State Highway Award" from the California Transportation Foundation. The $126 million project, finished in 2014, widened a major link between Napa and Solano counties from two lanes to four lanes.
For the last ten years, Blue Ocean Strategy has challenged business leaders to explore uncontested marketplaces -- or what we call "blue oceans." But this strategy goes beyond theory: It provides a set of methodologies and tools that can help managers pursue value innovation systematically and make blue oceans attainable for all aspiring organizations and individuals. Take, for instance, the wine industry.
One indicator of this maturation is the steep increase recently in designated AVAs, or American Viticultural Areas. An AVA is a specific geographical area defined by distinctive features such as climate, soil, and elevation.
The National Science Foundation has awarded a three-year grant to YVCC, South Seattle Community College and Wenatchee Valley College in order for the three schools to offer students enhanced opportunities to become well-rounded in the state's wine and grape industry.