Napa Valley Grapegrowers and ETS Labs Baseline Data Collection to Understand Smoke Exposure Impacts on Winegrapes
Participate in this program and we will cover the cost of your grape sample analyses!
In partnership with the Napa Valley Grapegrowers, ETS Laboratories has been building a database of grape samples to help growers and winemakers better understand smoke impacts on winegrapes, work with insurance companies to protect your assets, and create individual baselines for the varieties in your vineyard. To date, this multi-year effort has helped to inform the global methodology around smoke taint testing. This 2023 season offers an excellent opportunity to expand this work.
Participate in year 3 of sample collection
The Napa Valley Grapegrowers received a grant to cover the cost of 80 extended volatile and glycosylated markers panels for growers. Proactively collecting samples prior to a fire event provides growers with an individual baseline that may be critical when working with insurance providers should we experience a significant fire event.
Members can get involved by collecting samples according to the protocol below. Thanks to the USDA ERME Grant for Producers Underserved by Crop Insurance, the Napa Valley Grapegrowers is covering the cost of these 80 samples on a first-come, first-served basis. Varieties ETS Labs would like to see more of this year are Sauvignon Blanc (especially), followed by Pinot Gris, Riesling, and Gewurztraminer for white varieties, Petite Sirah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Zinfandel, and Malbec for red varieties.