The Forrestel lab in the Department of Viticulture & Enology at UC Davis is working on a project to update the Winkler Index to include cultivar-specific growth models and site-specific environmental data to create a tool that growers can use to better understand the most important environmental drivers of berry development and chemistry. Recognizing that growers across California continue to reference the Winkler Index, these revisions will improve its usefulness as a tool in viticultural decision-making and may provide guidance for long-term planning in the face of climate change.
The initial focus is on Cabernet Sauvignon in different Napa Valley AVAs. Napa Valley Grapegrowers who are willing to share their weather station data and records related to their Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard sites are invited to participate.
The wildfires and smoke events our community experienced over the last three years during harvest have caused unprecedented damage and economic harm to Napa County. As an organization, we continue to collaborate with industry and community partners to aid growers and farmworkers in fire recovery.
This past week, NVG sent a letter to the Napa County Board of Supervisors in support of funding Napa Firewise's Draft Communitywide Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP), to proactively prevent future severe wildfires.
On April 6, the Board of Supervisors will discuss allocating resources for fire prevention and NVG encourages members to call in to show support for the CWPP (Item 11D) during that meeting. Wildfire discussions will begin around 10 am and continue throughout the day, comments can also be submitted in advance to the County via email. Instructions for providing public comment can be found on the Napa County Website (ref. pg. 3).
Fire Recovery & Prevention Funding Opportunity for Landowners
The North Bay Forest Improvement Program (NBFIP) supports planning and implementation of projects on private forested lands to reduce risks of wildfire and promote forest health. The program provides financial incentives to landowners to conduct this critical work.