Sep 2009 issue
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Organic Grape Growing in Napa Valley Randy Caparoso“When I told my dad we were going to take the company organic,” says Mark Neal, “he drove over to Sonoma, came back with a tray of rotten apples and peaches, and said, ‘This is how our grapes will look when you grow organic.’” Not to be dissuaded, Neal initiated the transition of vineyards owned or managed by Jack Neal & Son—established in 1968 and, at nearly 1,900 acres, the largest vineyard-management company in Napa Valley—from conventional to organic grape growing in 1984. Jack Neal...
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