Just Keep Growing

Even though, as a leap year, 2020 gave February an extra day, this month passed in the blink of an eye. But fast does not mean uneventful. February saw the official kickoff of the growing season with budbreak in many vineyards around the country, even as their growers gathered in industry conferences to learn, network […]

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And We’re Off!

With the sleepy holidays behind us, 2020 has started with a bang! Conference season is in full swing. Starting this month, there were at least two grape and wine industry events somewhere in America every week. February is even more intense, beginning with NGRA’s first-of-year Board meeting and the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium in Sacramento next […]

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Last but Not Least

The National Grape Research Alliance holds three Board meetings each year, the last typically in November. Accordingly, our End-of-Year Board Meeting took place on November 14, the day after the NGRA-ARS Sensor Technology Workshop (see story below). With back-to-back day-long discussions on research to advance the grape and wine industry, it was a banner week […]

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A Hellish ‘New Normal’

The National Grape Research Alliance is based in Sacramento, California, two hours from Sonoma County, where the Kincade Fire has been burning since October 23. At this writing, the fire has scorched nearly 77,000 acres–an area more than twice the size of San Francisco, according to The New York Times. Gusty winds and kindling-dry conditions trigger […]

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Cheers to Deadlines

Deadlines are a good thing. They create rhythm and flow to tasks and timelines, and establish a priority–often, urgency–to to-do’s. If ever there were a season for deadlines, it seems that, this year, September was the start of it. Here’s a sample of some deadlines we may share. Growers are responding to Mother Nature’s deadline, bringing […]

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Bringing in the Bounty

I was in the lush, green state of Missouri (a big departure from dry, brown California) earlier this month for the North American Grape Breeders Conference. A grassroots effort of the breeding community, the conference takes place every two years at a different host institution–Missouri State University did the honors this year. It was a […]

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