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"Harvest Season" highlights the role & the rise of the immigrant community in CA's wine industry

Photo by Roberto Guerra for Harvest Season. Courtesy of Quiet Pictures.



On this edition of Your Call, we'll talk about the people who work behind the scenes of California's wine industry.

The new documentary "Harvest Season" tells the stories of migrant workers and Mexican-American winemakers during a time when wildfires raged across Napa and Sonoma counties. How should we understand the contributions of workers who are essential to the wine business but are rarely acknowledged? And how did the wildfires impact this community?


Vanessa Robledo, winemaker and entrepreneur in Sonoma

Bernardo Ruiz, two-time Emmy nominated documentary filmmaker and director of "Harvest Season"

Web Resources:

PBS: Harvest Season [Film streaming link]

Remezcla:‘Harvest Season’ Documentary Portrays Latinos Behind Wine Labels

The San Bernardino Sun: Why wine drinkers will appreciate a rare behind-the-scenes look in the PBS Documentary ‘Harvest Season’

KQED: PBS Film Spotlights Mexican Americans' Role in Napa Valley's Winemaking

Napa Valley Register: With vineyard labor scarce, Napa growers warm up to machines


Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular Friday media roundtable guest in 2001.