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Atlas Peak AVA sign

The Atlas Fire, which burned thousands of acres in Napa County, also singed the Atlas Peak appellation sign on Atlas Peak Road.

David Stoneberg, Star

A panel discussion about the 2017 growing season and a climate address for Napa will highlight this year’s Napa Vintage Report, to be held at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, at the Westin Verasa Napa, 1314 McKinstry St.

Mark Anderson, director of The Vintage Report, said attendees can look forward to a day of learning and communicating with the world’s leading winemakers, viticulturists, and scientific researchers.

During the Vintage Report, the group will take a scientific look at the 2017 growing season in Napa and discuss the impact on vineyard performance. They will review the effect of climate on plant development and discuss how this influenced vine and fruit physiology. Specifically the group will discuss the implications of smoke-related issues and how this can impact wine quality.

The Vintage Report will host a panel discussion involving vineyard managers and winemakers from across the region to speak about their knowledge of best practices in the context of the 2017 growing year. Panelists include:

- Thibaut Scholasch, Ph.D., founder and vice president of Research and Development, Fruition Sciences

- Nicolas Bernard, Research and Development Manager, Vivelys

- Elizabeth Wolkovich, Associate Professor, University of British Columbia

- Gregory V. Jones, Director, Center for Wine Education, Linfield College

- Eric Herve, Ph.D., Research Scientist for ETS Labs

- Federico Casassa, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

As part of the Vintage Report’s analysis, Jones will be delivering the State of the Climate and dive into up-to-date projections for 2018. Finally, the symposium will close with a group discussion on the 2012 harvest and look at practical results five years after the release of that vintage.

Early Bird tickets at $295 until Jan. 8, are still available for the event and can be found at: After Jan. 8, the cost is $395 general admission. To livestream the event, the cost is $50.

The Vintage Report is open to cellar and vineyard professionals including winemakers, vineyard managers, viticulturist, assistant winemakers and winery owners. In addition to Napa, the Vintage Report will hold conferences in Paso Robles, Sonoma, Oregon, Bordeaux, Provence and Burgundy.