WATER

efficiency 

Saving Water & Water Efficiency

June 7, 2022 | Charles Krug Winery, Carriage House

8:00 AM

Registration (If attending offsite workshop you will register there)

8:30 AM

Practical Workshop - Onsite OR Offsite*

9:30 AM

Visit Sustainable Services & Tools tables

10:10 AM

Welcome Remarks from THRIVES Co-Founders

10:15 AM

Marquee Speaker

11:00 AM

VISIT SUSTAINABLE SERVICES & TOOLS TABLES / Networking

11:15 AM

Expert Panel

12:30 PM

VISIT SUSTAINABLE SERVICES & TOOLS TABLES, Lunch & Wine

EVENT SPONSOR

Tonnellerie Berger & Fils

*Please note each event day begins with two workshop options – one onsite OR one offsite. Only 40 event guests will be able to attend the offsite workshop. If you would like to attend the offsite mentorship workshop please register on Eventbrite when ordering tickets. No additional cost.

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8:30 am - 9:30 am
TWO WORKSHOP OPTIONS

(Max 40 Participants Per Workshop)


offsite workshop
Mentorship in Action:
Transition to Dry Farming

Mentor: Tod Mostero, Director of Viticulture & Winemaking at Dominus Estate
Mentees: Josh Widaman, Estate Winemaker and Gustavo Aviña, Viticulture Director, Pine Ridge Vineyards
Location: Dos Olivos Vineyard


onsite workshop
Precision Irrigation Toolkit

Tod
8:30 am - 9:30 am
PRACTICAL WORKSHOP I

(Max 40 Participants Per Workshop)


offsite workshop
Mentorship in Action:
Transition to Dry Farming

Mentor: Tod Mostero, Director of Viticulture & Winemaking at Dominus Estate
Mentees: Josh Widaman, Estate Winemaker and Gustavo Aviña, Viticulture Director, Pine Ridge Vineyards
Location: Dos Olivos Vineyard


Join Tod Mostero, Director of Viticulture & Winemaking at Dominus Estate, as he works with Josh Widaman, Estate Winemaker, and Gustavo Aviña, Viticulture Director, of Pine Ridge Vineyards to begin the process of transitioning a now fallow vineyard to dry farming. Dry farming doesn't mean you just turn off the water - it requires careful forethought before planting a vineyard, and strategic management once planted. This small workshop will give you a chance to join in and learn from the start of that transition conversation. To pique your interest here is a feature that shares more about dry farming at Dominus.


Workshop 2
8:30 am - 9:30 am
PRACTICAL WORKSHOP II

(Max 40 Participants Per Workshop)


onsite workshop
Precision Irrigation Toolkit

Location: Onsite at Charles Krug Winery, Carriage House


Join Ben Mackie, Vineyard Program Manager with Napa Green and Miguel Garcia, Sustainable Ag Program Manager with the Napa County Resource Conservation District as they share their grower services providing Irrigation Assessments. These assessments help identify opportunities to maximize irrigation uniformity and efficiency.


They will be joined by Tom Shapland, Co-Founder and CEO of Tule Technologies and James Nichols, President of HotSpot AG, who will share their technologies, often used in partnership, that help precisely target the timing and amount of irrigation, improving both irrigation efficiency and grape quality. A grower who has used these technologies will join to share their experience and benefits.

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Eric Asimov v2
10:15 am - 11:00 am
Marquee Speaker

Eric Asimov

Eric Asimov is the chief wine critic of The New York Times, a position he assumed in June 2004 after having covered wine with The Times’s tasting panel and in his Tastings column for the Dining section, and is also the interim chief restaurant critic for the Times. Asimov created the $25 and Under restaurant reviews in 1992 and wrote them through 2004. He is a co-author of “The New York Times Guide to Restaurants 2004,” the fifth edition of the guide. He has also reviewed takeout food for The Times in his To Go column and has offered commentary on food and wine on WQXR since 1999. Asimov is a graduate of Wesleyan University and did graduate work in American studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He is married to the editor of the New York Times Bestseller List, Deborah Hofmann, has two children, Jack and Peter, and lives in Manhattan.


Topical New York Times articles: "The Wine Business Sees a Problem: Millennials Aren’t Drinking Enough" | "In Napa Valley, Winemakers Fight Climate Change on All Fronts"

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11:15 am - 12:30 pm
Expert Panel

ZEROING IN ON WATER

Dr. Peter Gleick, co-founder of the Pacific Institute, will share and discuss the 10,000' perspective on our water future in this changing climate. Nathalie Jure, Director of Viticulture at Opus One Winery, will share their work to improve vineyard irrigation efficiency, including the use of recycled process water. Inside the winery the biggest water use is tank, barrel, and bottling line sanitation. Alex Farren, Founder and Chief Science Officer of BlueMorph, Inc will share this water saving technology and ROI calculation tool. A representative from a key sector of the wine industry supply chain, Tiffany Eicholz with Berger Cooperage, will share how they are thinking about and approaching water use efficiency. We have to approach this systematically - from actions within our vineyards and wineries, to our community, all of the way through our supply chain.


Esther Mobley
11:15 am - 12:30 pm
Panel moderator

Esther Mobley

Esther Mobley is the wine critic at the San Francisco Chronicle. She joined the paper in 2015 to cover California wine, beer and spirits, a beat that has included reporting on California wildfires, reviewing local bars, profiling undocumented vineyard workers, naming an annual Winemaker of the Year and analyzing the movements of California’s $40 billion wine industry. She publishes a weekly e-mail newsletter called Drinking with Esther.


In 2019, Esther was named Feature Writer of the Year in the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards. The previous year, she won first place in the California News Publishers Association Awards Print Contest for feature writing, for her story about a winery owned by a California cult, and also first place for agricultural reporting, for her writing on Napa Valley's land-use controversies. Her work was recognized as the Best Writing on Beer, Wine or Spirits by the Association of Food Journalists in 2017 and 2019. She studied English literature at Smith College.


Peter Gleick
11:15 am - 12:30 pm
Expert panelist

Peter Gleick

Dr. Peter Gleick is a leading scientist, innovator, and communicator on global water and climate issues. He co-founded the Pacific Institute in Oakland, one of the most innovative, independent non-governmental organizations addressing the connections between the environment and global sustainability. Dr. Gleick’s work has redefined water from the realm of engineers to the world of sustainability, human rights, and integrated thinking. Gleick pioneered the concept of the “soft path for water,” developed the idea of “peak water,” and has written about the need for a “local water movement.” Among many other honors, Gleick received the prestigious MacArthur “genius” Fellowship, the U.S. Water Prize, and has been named “a visionary on the environment” by the BBC. He was elected in 2006 to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. In 2018 he was awarded the Carl Sagan Prize for Science Popularization.

Tiffany Eicholz
11:15 am - 12:30 pm
Expert panelist

Tiffany Eicholz

Tiffany Eicholz is Marketing & US Business Development Manager at Tonnellerie Berger & Fils since 2015. She is responsible for all business opportunities and market growth in North America while overseeing the communication and marketing strategy for the company.


Tiffany began her career in the wine industry working alongside renowned winemaker Andy Erickson at Napa Valley Think Tank, an analytical laboratory and resource center for winemakers in the Napa Valley. As Business Manager, Tiffany was in charge of customer relations as well as establishing strategic partnerships to grow the business. In 2012 Tiffany joined Laffort USA, the world leader of winemaking products to manage the retail store and coordinate all aspects of marketing and communications for North America.

Alex Farren
11:15 am - 12:30 pm
Expert panelist

Alex Farren

Alex Farren is the Founder and Chief Science Officer of BlueMorph, Inc. a company that specializes in the design of UV light delivery systems to disinfect the interior surfaces of rooms, containers and other defined spaces. He has over 10 years experience and 19 patents issued on the delivery of targeted UVC dose to a surface irrespective of distance and material. He is now focused on the use of FarUV to provide people-friendly solutions that can be used more effectively in the battle against pathogenic microorganism. Ultraviolet light has the advantages of being a sustainable disinfectant, consuming no water and using no chemicals.






Nathalie Jure
11:15 am - 12:30 pm
Expert panelist

NATHALIE JURE

Nathalie Juré Buckland was born and raised in La Sarthe, The Land of Rillettes, in France. After interviewing her while she was pulling hoses during her internship at Errazuriz in Chile, Michael Silacci invited her to intern at Opus One in 2004. Nathalie did a second internship in 2005 before joining the team full-time. She is now Director of Viticulture at Opus One Winery and is responsible for all aspects of vineyard management, working directly with Michael.


Nathalie earned a master’s degree in Viticulture and Enology from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Agronomie in Montpellier. She completed internships in Bordeaux at Château Latour and in Côte-Rôtie.


Opus One produces ultra-premium wines at its Napa Valley winery in Oakville, California. The 2018 vintage is distributed in all 50 U.S. States and 90 countries worldwide.








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Berger & fils
EVENT SPONSOR
Tonnellerie Berger & Fils

Tonnellerie Berger & Fils is a french artisanal Cooperage based in the Medoc since 1954. They produce custom toast oak barrels for wine ageing.


Scott Labs
Table sponsor
Scott Labs

Scott Labs provides innovative, cutting-edge technology, products and services to their customers, including Destainex a biodegradable cleaning product developed specifically for the wine industry. Destainex LF saves time, water and energy, improves safety and leads to less wear and tear on equipment. They also offer CleanSkin, the benchmark product for one-process non-caustic cleaning. Read how Judd’s Hill Cut Tank Cleaning Water Use by 66 Percent by using Destainex.


Biofiltro
Table sponsor
BioFiltro

BioFiltro is an international company with a patented worm powered wastewater system that catalyzes the digestive power of microbes and worms to naturally remove up to 99% of contaminants. They convert these nutrients into worms and worm poop, a healthy soil amendment. With a rapid four hour treatment process, they also prevent the formation of greenhouse gases and enable some customers to then produce carbon credits and/or reduce their carbon footprint. Wiggle with them for healthy soil, clean water, and a better tomorrow.


Tule
Table sponsor
Tule Technologies

Tule Technologies provide tools to vintners to measure Actual Evapotranspiration, vine stress and wirelessly provide vineyard data that can be linked to automated irrigation. Tule sensors help growers answer critical irrigation questions about their crops like how much and when to irrigate. Read how Pine Ridge Vineyards and Chateau Montelena are Reaping the Benefits of Cutting-Edge Irrigation Technologies.


hotspot ag
Table sponsor
HotSpot AG

HotSpot AG is a farm management tool. Their first tool was developed to simplify irrigation and help growers comply with ever-changing regulations. Created by a fourth generation farm family, HotSpot AG is engineered to solve the problems farmers face in real time. Track, control and schedule irrigation with the HotSpot dashboard.


Blue Morph
Table sponsor
BlueMorph

BlueMorph Waterless Tank Sanitation System is a UV-based technology that provides the first truly effective and environmentally-friendly method of sanitizing vessels and containers without the use of chemicals. Customers benefit from over 80% reduction in water use, no chemicals to dispose of, lower electricity use compared to other sanitizing methods and safe and easy operation.


Napa Green
Community Sponsor
Napa Green

Napa Green serves as a catalyst and facilitator to grow certified sustainable, responsible businesses committed to the environmental stewardship and climate action in Napa County. Our members stand as leaders exemplifying that sustainability and caring for nature and community elevates quality and experience for employees, customers and community, now and in the future.


From soil to bottle - A comprehensive sustainability certification program for Napa Valley Wineries & Vineyards.

Lumo
Table sponsor
Lumo

Lumo is a smart irrigation system that enables growers to save water, improve crop quality and reduce costs.


Climate change and population growth are forcing governments and growers to adopt new water management technology. Currently, the systems that growers are using for managing and tracking irrigation are broken and wasteful. Lumo’s technology will not only help them in terms of productivity and profitability, but it will also help growers become better stewards of the planet.


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