The Business Journal’s seventh annual Impact Napa conference this year will focus on the valley’s top industry — wine — and is set to feature an interview with its grand dame, Margrit Mondavi.
A highlight of the morning conference Aug. 28 in Napa is scheduled to be an interview of Mrs. Mondavi by veteran practitioner and instructor in wine law Richard Mendelson of Napa-based Dickenson Peatman & Fogarty.
Mrs. Mondavi, 88, met Robert Mondavi in 1966 while she was a tour guide at his eponymous Oakville winery. Her work as the promotional force for the winery was responsible for the launch of a pioneering summer concert series, and she has continued to be a brand ambassador over the years.
A panel at the conference is set to tackle the latest developments in Napa Valley tourism and business approaches by the next generation of wine industry leaders.
Panelist Clay Gregory is president and CEO of Visit Napa Valley, which deploys money raised from the Napa Valley Tourism Improvement District in promoting local food, wine and entertainment. Tourism is the second-largest industry in the valley, bringing in more than $1.3 billion annually.
Another effort to help residents and visitors move up and down the valley without vehicle traffic on roads that can become clogged during peak tourism season is Napa Valley Vine Trail. Panelist Chuck McMinn is chairman of the Napa Valley Vine Trail Coalition and co-proprietor of Vineyard 29 winery in the valley. He is set to discuss the latest progress in that project.
Panelist Vanessa Robledo is CEO and majority owner of Black Coyote Wines, a multiculturally influenced wine brand with distribution in 18 states and increased direct-to-consumer sales and wine club membership. The brand’s 2007 reserve cabernet sauvignon was selected by Wine Enthusiast as one of top 100 wines globally. Previously, she was president of Robledo Family Vineyards.
The conference is set to be held 7:30–11 a.m. at The Meritage Resort & Spa, 875 Bordeaux Way, in south Napa. Registration is set to open at NorthBayBusinessJournal.com on July 14 and cost $65 a person or $675 for a table of 10.
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