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Growing Forward: Vineyard & Grower Virtual Conference

Growing Forward is an online conference series focused on educating & supporting Grapegrowers throughout the vineyard growing cycle and preparing them for the year ahead. The series features academics, agricultural experts, and notable industry professionals addressing current challenges and issues impacting the grower community.


New Learnings & Best Practices on Grape Powdery Mildew and Soil Moisture Monitoring

Broadcast Date: Thursday, March 31st, 2022 • 9:00 am (PT)

As bud break begins this season, two of the biggest concerns for grape growers are grape powdery mildew (GPM) and pre-irrigation of their vineyards. As the growing season progresses, another major concern is how to best utilize limited irrigation water resources. This session, led by Bryan Rahn, CPAg/SS, CCA and president of Coastal Viticultural Consultants, Inc. (CVC) will provide information for GPM and soil moisture/plant monitoring best practices that lead to more efficient GPM treatments and irrigation water use. The session will include vineyard managers from Silver Oak Winery and Trinchero Family Estates to share their experiences along with the results of implementing the programs presented.

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Session Panel: 

MODERATOR – Bryan Rahn, President / Coastal Viticultural Consultants, Inc.
Allison Bettis, Viticulturist / Silver Oak Winery
Matt Frank, Senior Director of Vineyard Operations / Trinchero Family Estates
Dylan Rahn, Viticulturist, Vineyard Manager / Coastal Viticultural Consultants, Inc.






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Watch Last Year’s Growing Forward Sessions:

Our 2021 conference focused on key takeaways from the 2020 California Crush report; the 2021 bulk and grape market; regenerative viticulture; and the impact the West Coast wildfires continue to have on grower contacts and crop insurance, and how to protect your ag business.

Regenerative Farming: The Future for Grapegrowers?

A deep-rooted agricultural practice has resurfaced in modern vineyards—regenerative farming. While not a new concept, the term is circulating within the wine industry, touted as a step above sustainable, organic, and even biodynamic viticulture. This session aims to define what regenerative agriculture in practice means in terms of grape growing, its benefit over other sustainable measures, and best practices for transitioning a vineyard.


Session Panel:

Stacy Briscoe, Wine Journalist & Editor
Craig Camp, winegrower / Troon Vineyard
Paul Dolan, Co-Founder / Truett-Hurst Inc.
Jordan Lonborg, Viticulturist / Tablas Creek
Paul Skinner, President / Vineyard Investigations; Owner / Sequum Wines

Smoke Exposure: A Growers Perspective

The 2020 harvest was a sad reminder that wildfires are an ongoing environmental hazard for California growers. Effects of fire and smoke damage extend out of the field as well: we’re now re-defining grower-producer contractual agreements; re-evaluating crop insurance decisions, and re-assessing what tests are needed—and available—to ensure quality fruit and wine. This session will look at all of the above and feature a panel of experts who will share their recommendations to the grape-growing community on how to evolve with the current climate and work toward a profitable future for your business.


Session Panel:

Lise Asimont, Co-founder & Viticulturist / Dot Wines, LLC
David Balter, Partner / Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty
Jeff Bitter, President / Allied Grape Growers
Brian Clements, Vice President / Turrentine Brokerage
John Trinidad, Partner / Dickenson Peatman & Fogarty

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California Crush Report: Implications for 2021

The session, led by Glenn Proctor, partner of global wine and grape broker Ciatti Company, will present the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Annual Grape Crush Report and highlight the most important implications for wineries and growers for the upcoming harvest as well as the bulk wine market.


Session Panel:

Todd Azevedo, Partner, Broker / Ciatti Company
Johnny Leonardo, Broker / Ciatti Company
Greg Livengood, President, Partner, Broker / Ciatti Company
Glenn Proctor, Partner / Ciatti Company
Chris Welch, Partner, Broker / Ciatti Company

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