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Wine Country Geographic

Organically Napa is published by Wine Country Geographic, creator of guides to fine wines from certified organic and biodynamic vines. 


Founded in 2010, Wine Country Geographic launched its first apps on organically grown wines in 2013. The apps (no longer on the market) were featured in the Los Angeles Times.

  

In Sept. of 2019, the company debuted its new subscription site Organically Napa, the only  guide to fine wines from certified organic vines.


The site features:


DIRECTORY OF WINERIES

• In-depth information on 50+ estate wineries in Napa with organic vines


REGIONAL OVERVIEWS

• Detailed overviews covering the 14 Napa regions with a unique focus on the organic profile of each AVA


WINE GUIDES

• Articles on selected wines


VISITOR RESOURCES

• Unique town by town guides for tasting and touring

• Sample travel itineraries


NEWS AND INTERVIEWS

• News about organically grown wines, wineries, wine culture and more


See sample content here.


READER SUPPORTED

Organically Napa is an independent, reader supported publication that maintains editorial control over all content. 


SPECIAL OFFERS FOR SUBSCRIBERS

• Tasting discounts: get two for one tasting at selected wineries

• Wine discounts: save 10% on wine purchases at selected wineries 


SERVICES: TRIP PLANNING AND TOURS


Wine Country Geographic also offers trip planning services as well as custom tours. Email to discuss your needs.


COMING SOON: CENTRAL COAST, SONOMA, OREGON


Wine Country Geographic takes a uniquely regional approach to organics, focusing on the local wine scene. 


 Check out our other site: Organically Sonoma


Coming soon: Biodynamic Wine Finder, Organically Oregon and Organically Central Coast.

Pam Strayer | Author | Publisher | Organically Napa

The leading specialist on American wines from organic and biodynamic vineyards, Pam Strayer is the founder, author and publisher of Wine Country Geographic. 


Described by Alder Yarrow (of JancisRobinson.com) as "the go to person on organic and biodynamic wines," she has been featured on Carol Grieves podcast series Food Integrity Now, speaking about organic and biodynamically grown wines, and her 2013 apps were featured (on Earth Day) in the Los Angeles Times. She's written on organic topics for the industry in Wines & Vines and Beverage Media. Her latest industry writing--on wine IT--is featured in the August 2019 issue of Wine Business Monthly.


A graduate of U.C. Berkeley's wine program, she studied wine at U.C. Davis and the North American Sommelier Association and has attended hundreds of industry conference, tastings and seminars. She's also visited most of the 200+ organic producers in the U.S. and about more than 160 of them.


EDUCATION FOR THE INDUSTRY


Pam has given educational talks on organic topics for Women of the Vine & Spirits and lectured in classes at Santa Rosa Community College and Sonoma State University's Wine Business Institute. Her written works recently served as the supporting literature for a recent MW's thesis. She's also been an invited speaker for environmental groups in Sonoma and Napa. 


Pam has also moderated public events on biodynamic wine at Healdsburg SHED and Demeter USA's biodynamic short course in Oregon's Willamette Valley, featuring U.C. soil scientist Glenn McGourty and regenerative agriculture champion Paul Dolan.


In 2018, Pam co-founded the International Biodynamic Wine Conference with former Demeter USA president Elizabeth Candelario, hosting 47 wineries from five countries in San Francisco's Presidio. She served as Conference Program Director for the two day event bringing together 70+ panelists for 30 sessions, focusing on regenerative ag practices, winemaking and wine marketing.  


Keynote speakers included David Montgomery and Anne Biklé (authors of The Hidden Half of Nature), international biodynamic wine expert Monty Waldin (from Tuscany) and Napa vintner Jean-Charles Boisset. 


Panelists included Emiliana CEO Cristian Rodriguez, Jean-Michel Comme (Chateau Pontet-Canet), Jason Haas (Tablas Creek), Bob Lindquist (Lindquist Family Vineyards), Philippe Coderey (vineyard consultant), Gwen Wilson (Wine.com), Bree Boskov (MW), talented somms and international distributors, and many more. 


HEALTH AND. SCIENCE BACKGROUND


Before 2010, Pam had an extensive career in health, science and environmental journalism, launching more than 100 healthcare web sites. 


Earlier, in the early 1980s, she won a prestigious New England Press Association award for six months of coverage on citizens' attempts to shutdown a local nuclear power plant. 


In 1997, Pam was the editor in chief of Healthcentral.com, a successful dotcom she launched with radio and TV physician Dr. Dean Edell. In 1999, she was recruited to become editor in chief of Jim Clark's genetic discovery startup DNA Sciences with James Watson. As editor of DNA.com, she launched all of WebMD's genetic health information for both consumers and clinicians, working with world class scientists from Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Stanford and other research institutions. It was there that she came to understand the deeper science underlying genetics and the environment. Pam began to learn more about California's pesticide use reports and became concerned about pesticide use in vineyards.


In 2018, as a journalist, Pam covered the first scientific experts to appear in the glyphosate cases in federal district court. Her coverage, originally commissioned for Civil Eats, was syndicated worldwide on Public Radio International. 


CURRENT ACTIVITIES


In 2019, Pam became Senior Editor for Slow Wine Guide 2020, writing about California wines in Slow Food's major wine publication. The book is the biggest selling wine guide in Italy with sales of more than 40,000 copies annually as well as growing sales in the U.S. for its English language edition.

"I just wanted to extend my thanks...for your presentation on organics and biodynamics. The depth of information presented was astounding."


-Damien Wilson, Hamel Family Faculty Chair of Wine Business, Sonoma State University, Wine Business Institute


"The expansion of coverage for this year’s guide (Slow Wine Guide 2020) is thanks in great part to Pam Strayer, a former environmental and health journalist who now writes passionately and expertly about organic and biodynamic viticulture.


Thanks to her extensive contacts on the ground and her impressive experience tasting wines across the state, our team has managed to nearly double the number of wineries we covered last year.


The energy and commitment that she brings to our work have been an inspiration for me."


-Jeremy Parzen, Coordinating Editor for North America, Slow Wine Guide


"Pam Strayer’s coverage of the organic, and biodynamic wine world stateside is based on rigorous research ...into individual wineries' wine growing and winemaking practices."


-Monty Waldin, author, The Oxford Companion to Wine (organic and biodynamic sections) and numerous books on organic and biodynamic wines, Regional Chair for Tuscany at the Decanter World Wine Awards


"The go to person on organic and biodynamic wines."


-Alder Yarrow, Vinography, JancisRobinson.com

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