2023 ASEV Keynote Presentation
Judgement of Napa
Welcome & Introduction
Jim Harbertson, Washington State University, Tri-Cities
Michael Silacci, Opus One Winery, California
The Judgement of Paris in 1976 pitted white and red wines from California against those of France. Two upstarts from Napa Valley took the top spots, shocking the wine world. Climate change has set the stage for another opportunity for Napa Valley viticulturists and winemakers to lead the way. Michael Silacci has spent most of his career walking vineyards in the Napa Valley. He will reflect on his journey and how he and his team of 40-plus prepare for the future.