O’Connell Family opens tasting room
The O’Connell Family has opened the Gabrielle Collection tasting room and store on Opera Plaza at 1000 Main St. in downtown Napa.
It features the Gabrielle Collection of wines, O’Connell Family Wines, Pietro Family Cellars wines and GC Napa Valley products like culinary and spa oils.
They own O’Connell Family Vineyard in the Oak Knoll District. Gabrielle Leonhard O’Connell is the winemaker and Wayne O’Connell is director of vineyard practices.
Fortunati Vineyards opens tasting room
Winemaker Gary and proprietor Ellen Luchtel have opened a tasting room for their Fortunati Vineyards at 1874 El Centro Ave. in Napa.
They grow viognier, syrah and malbec and also produce other wines. Call 255-9300 or visit www.fortunativineyards.com.
Optimizing mouthfeel and flavor
UC Davis presents an all-day seminar on optimizing mouthfeel and flavor: tannins, phenolics and wine quality on Wednesday, March 22, at its conference center at 550 Alumni Lane in Davis.
The cost is $200 with handouts, continental breakfast, lunch and wine social. Visit ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=20193.
Napa digital summit
The Napa 2017 Digital Summit will be held on Tuesday, March 28 from 1-5 p.m. at the Napa Valley Marriott with a reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
It’s a chance for Napa Valley business professionals to experience the next generation of digital marketing tools and how this directly benefits them.
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The seminar is $79 at www.napachamber.com.
Wine Women Equal Pay Day meeting
April 4 is Women’s Equal Pay Day. To celebrate, Wine Women will hold a mini-expo, wine tasting and host keynote speakers at Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center from 4-8 p.m. The meeting will feature Cathy Corison and Jean Arnold Sessions discussing their careers with insights on closing the gender pay gap and moderator Geni Whitehouse.
Current issues in harvest logistics
The Department of Viticulture & Enology and V&E Extension present a program in Davis focusing on the most current research in vineyard mechanization and precision management systems on Thursday, April 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This program will be moderated by viticulture extension specialist Dr Kaan Kurtural. The cost of $250 includes lunch. Register at ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=20373.
Wines & Vines Oak Conference
The Wines & Vines Oak Conference April 26 covers barrels and oak adjuncts plus fermentation, enology, cellar management, a full day of technical and trial tastings and a spacious trade show at Sonoma Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa. Get details and register at www.wvoak.com.
Galloni to highlight Wine Industry Conference
Antonio Galloni, the founder of the wine website Vinous, will be the keynote speaker for the North Bay Business Journal’s Wine Industry Conference on April 28 from 7:30-11:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel in Santa Rosa.
He will also moderate a panel discussion on “The Wine Life” with Tom Klein, fourth-generation farmer and proprietor of Rodney Strong Vineyards; Emma Swain, CEO of St. Supéry Estate Vineyards and Winery in Rutherford; and Andy Beckstoffer, owner of Beckstoffer Vineyards.
Mario Zepponi of Zepponi & Company will highlight the current market for wine industry mergers and acquisitions, and Dr. Damien Wilson, Hamel Family Chair in Wine Business at the Sonoma State University Wine Business Institute, will review the import wine market.
Matt Parker, vice president of acquisitions and sales at Silverado Investment Management Company, will join colleague, Eric Pooler, vice president of winery relations, to discuss the wine industry’s labor market.
Register at nbbj.news/wine17.