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Who Is The Napa Valley Falcon Whisperer, And How Did She Help Make Your Cabernet?

Generally speaking, most wine coverage focuses on two kinds of people in the industry: winemakers themselves, and sommeliers. Logical, yes! But a whole slew of characters are involved in the production of wine, of course. 

rachel-and-falconA few months ago, I was in Napa Valley on a sustainability-themed media trip, and I met the woman whose job it is to use trained falcons to deter berry-eating birds. Stirred by the unconventional nature of her career, I took a deeper dive and profiled her for MUNCHIES. Read here. And next time you’re enjoying a wonderful glass of licorice-and-leather-inflected Smith-Madrone Cabernet from Napa’s Spring Mountain, well, first of all please call me because I would like a glass, too, but also perhaps consider the complexity of the ecosystem–humans, animals, and insects together–that allowed that wine to come into existence. 

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2 thoughts on “Who Is The Napa Valley Falcon Whisperer, And How Did She Help Make Your Cabernet?

  1. Fantastic post! We live in Napa and the movement towards biodynamic farming has definitely taken hold. This means letting nature take its course (predatory birds eating little creatures, ladybugs eating other pests). But I hadn’t heard about the woman behind the falcon. Thanks for sharing!

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