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Thursday, August 29, 2013, 1:40 pm

Experts discuss future of Napa Valley wine, labor

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    Impact Napa 2013 panel

    Impact Napa: Wine panel moderator Richard Mendelson (left) introduces Bill Harlan, Bruce Phillips, Tony Correia and Peter Mondavi Jr.

    NAPA — Napa Valley’s job market and the wine industry on which it is substantially based is competing on a stage much larger than the county boundaries, and that needs to be reflected in viticulture and winery decisions about what to plant and whom to hire as well as public policy on what to allow among the vines that put the region on the world map, according to experts at the Impact Napa: Wine conference this morning.

    Napa County increasingly draws its workforce from outside of the county, particularly in the wine and hospitality industries, according to a new study by Robert Eyler, PhD., Sonoma State University Professor of Economics and Frank Howard Allen Research Scholar.

    Napa County’s most prominent industries also face several unique challenges, and that the supply and demand for its labor force are increasingly interconnected, he told the group of a couple hundred professionals at the Napa Valley Marriott hotel in Napa.

    Following the presentation was a panel discussion between vintner and hotelier Bill Harlan, grower and vintner Bruce Phillips, vintner Peter Mondavi Jr. and agricultural property appraiser Tony Correia.

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