Impact Napa conference includes top economist, Napa wine industry leaders

Impact conference includes top economist, Napa wine industry leaders

Economist sees three paths for Napa economyBusiness Journal Q&As with conference panelists

Bart Araujo, proprietor, Araujo Estate Wines

Andy Beckstoffer, president, Beckstoffer Vineyards

Jayson Pahlmeyer, founder and proprietor, and Brian Hilliard, president, Pahlmeyer Wines

Mario Zepponi, partner, Zepponi & Company

NAPA -- From a farmer of thousands of North Coast acres of winegrapes to producers of Napa Valley's most prestigious wine brands to a broker of industry mergers and acquisitions, the speaker lineup for the Business Journal's Impact Napa conference later this month includes major figures in Napa County's wine industry.

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The Aug. 30 morning conference will include a look at the forces pushing and pulling on the finances of grape growers, vintners and consumers by Chris Thornberg of Beacon Economics, which has offices in San Rafael and Los Angeles.

Following the forecast will be a panel consisting of Bart Araujo of Araujo Estate Wines just east of Calistoga, Andy Beckstoffer of Rutherford-based Beckstoffer Vineyards, Jayson Pahlmeyer of Pahlmeyer Winery in St. Helena and Mario Zepponi of Santa Rosa-based Zepponi & Company.


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