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Get your winery on video

2013-07-11T19:15:00Z Get your winery on video Napa Valley Register
July 11, 2013 7:15 pm

A few wine industry members with video background are starting a wine video blog that will feature a different family-owned winery each week. It will be an informal look at the history, property, wines, etc., not a formal sit-down interview.

They have a few “profiles” already shot, and they are looking to launch the site in a month or so. They say they have a great deal of interest as winery owners are looking at ways they can advertise (especially for free) online. This will be a good outlet for some smaller folks who don’t have the time or budget.

For more information about how you might participate, contact Matthew Bartlett, vice president and commercial banking officer for wine industry finance at Bank of Marin in Napa at 508-3376 or email

Wine and technology

The ninth annual Wine Industry Technology Symposium Technology will be July 15-16 at the Napa Valley Marriott & Spa. The Wine Industry Technology Symposium was created in 2005 by a group of wine industry and technology professionals to foster learning and discussion. Panels of experts will discuss specific examples and case studies. Visit for details and registration.

The Napa Valley Grapegrowers Farmworker Foundation presents El Día de la Familia on Sunday, July 21 from 1-4 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Parish Hall at 924 Napa St., Napa.

Napa County farmworkers and their families are invited to attend a free celebration with food, music, seminars, family activities, community organizations and more.

For more information, visit or call 944-8311.

For organic growers

The Napa Valley Grapegrowers’ Organic Winegrowing Conference is at Spottswoode Estate in St. Helena on Thursday, July 25. It is almost sold out.

The conference offers discussion on greater sustainable practices and wine quality. It is geared toward the organic grower, but the topics and speakers have broad applicability for all vineyard owners and managers.

Respected voices in research join industry experts to provide insight and support on organic farming. Presentations will cover topics from the benefits and practicality of animals in the vineyard to best approaches for hillside farming.

Get the schedule and registration information at

Admission is $125 for NVG members and $175 for others.

Farmland protection

The American Farmland Trust and the Napa County Farm Bureau will convene the first statewide conference on the conservation of California farmland in at least three decades on Aug. 2.

The event, “Farmland Protection: Reality or Wishful Thinking?” is at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Napa from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Speakers include California Farm Bureau Federation President Paul Wenger; California Secretary of Food & Agriculture Karen Ross; Secretary of Natural Resources John Laird, State Sen. Lois Wolk, whose district includes Napa, and Assembly Agriculture Committee Chair Susan Talamantes Eggman, plus agricultural, land trust and local government leaders from around the state. View the conference program at

Wine + Grape Expo

The Napa Valley Grapegrowers’ 2013 Wine + Grape Expo is Nov. 14, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Napa Valley Exposition Fairgrounds in Napa.

Its educational symposium for winegrape growers and wine producers will include seminars on specific vineyard practices that improve wine quality as well as a trade show with viticulture and enology companies.

For more information on exhibiting, call 944-8311 or email

Get more information at

Email Paul Franson at

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