Thursday, January 17, 2013

Napa Valley Rocks: The Napa Valley Appellation Education Program

Diverse soils, climatic variations, ideal geography, people of passion, winemaking innovation, and groundbreaking land stewardship are just a few of the narratives that tell the unique story of what makes Napa Valley America's premier wine growing region. Now those stories are available in a series of short videos produced by the Napa Valley Vintners.

Narrated by "The Wine Bible" author and educator Karen MacNeil and set against the panorama of the Napa Valley landscape, the Napa Valley Rocks video series explores the confluence of factors that sets the wine region apart from any other in the world.

"Seeing is believing. Napa Valley Rocks takes viewers inside the valley in a way that mere words can't," explains Karen MacNeil. "Watching the videos, it's impossible not to be moved by the magical beauty of Napa Valley, and the passion of its vintners."

Based on three scientific studies, the Napa Valley Rocks videos piece together how Napa Valley's unique Mediterranean climate, extensive soil diversity, and innovative viticulture practices provide Napa Valley winemakers a unique spectrum of conditions to produce consistent quality wines. Through interviews with notable vintners and industry experts, the series brings to life the complex mosaic of elements that culminate in a bottle of Napa Valley wine.

Completing the Napa Rocks video series are segments on innovation and research, the fascinating history and evolution the Napa Valley as a great wine producing region, Napa's leadership, including the founding of the country's first Agricultural Preserve, and the unprecedented commitment by the vintners of Napa Valley to taking care of their community.

Learn more and watch the videos.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Napa Valley Vintners Invests $772,000 in Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment, and Issues Related to Aging

The Napa Valley Vintners today announced its investment of $772,000 in community services to help three populations: those at risk or affected by substance abuse, mental illness, and health issues related to aging. This is the fourth category of giving from the proceeds of the 2012 Auction Napa Valley fundraiser, and is part of its $7 million commitment to two strategic priorities: community health and children's education.

"While they are not necessarily directly related, these three populations have an increased risk of isolation preventing them from seeking help, or from being aware of the acuity of their needs," said NVV Executive Director Linda Reiff. "The NVV is investing in local programs that focus on reaching out to these populations with prevention resources and treatment; increasing community awareness of these issues and the resources available; and collaborating with other organizations to build a safety net to help some of the most vulnerable in our community."

Six organizations received funding to expand their programs and outreach: Aldea Children & Family Services; Area Agency on Aging; Family Service of Napa Valley; Gunilda Rianda Senior Center; Napa Valley Hospice & Adult Day Services; and Wolfe Center.

Learn more.