A key winemaker who helped put the Napa Valley on the global wine map plus a discussion on growth issues facing the county highlight the North Bay Business Journal’s upcoming ninth annual Impact Napa conference.
The Aug. 5 Napa event features a conversation with Warren Winiarski, who created the winning 1973 cabernet sauvignon at the “Judgment of Paris” tasting 40 years ago this year. He will be interviewed by author and wine industry attorney Richard Mendelson.
The morning also features a discussion on growth in the Napa Valley, including the chairman of the Napa County Board of Supervisors, Alfredo Pedroza, and Jill Techel, mayor of Napa. She will recap that city’s renaissance.
“This is a power-packed program including a wine legend and not just one Napa leader, but both the mayor of Napa and chairman of the Napa County Board of Supervisors,” said Business Journal Publisher Brad Bollinger. “This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to witness an exchange of ideas about what defines the treasure that Napa is and how it navigates its future.”
Pedroza joins David Graves, managing member of Saintsbury winery, and Dan Mufson, president of Napa Vision 2050, for a panel discussion on “Coping With Napa’s Success, and the Way Forward.” The conference takes place from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. and is underwritten by Bank of Marin and the law firm Dickenson,Peatman & Fogarty. Major sponsors include American AgCredit, the accounting firm Burr Pilger Mayer and The Meritage. The corporate sponsor is Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County Airport with special thanks to Napa Valley Vintners.
Tickets are $65 per person or $675 for a table of 10. Doors open for registration at The Meritage Resort in Napa at 7:30 a.m. Preregister at nbbj.news/napa16 through Aug. 3.
Impact Napa conference
Aug. 5, 7:30 to 11:30 a.m.
The Meritage Resort, Napa
Preregister by Aug. 3: nbbj.news/napa16