Personal reports sent to me by people in the area all have something in common: that the situation is just as bad — if not worse — than portrayed in news reports.Fortunately, a good number of the people that I know in those areas have checked in as secure, but how the fires have affected harvests, aging wines in storage, stock, vineyards… we’re not likely to know the extent of the anytime too soon. The sensation of near-helplessness from the Left Coast as friends tell me they’re evacuating their homes (some multiple times) was, in a word, heartbreaking.
By now, most of you reading this will have at least some knowledge of the devastation that’s impacting Northern California wine country in the wake of over one dozen fires that, at the time of this writing, have left over twenty people dead, burnt over three thousand or more structures to the floor, and has consumed roughly 170,000 acres (for some perspective, that’s and area larger than the city of Chicago).
What those of us who are distant and care deeply about those gorgeous places, their beautiful wines, and their wonderful folks can do, however, is donate to those funds that are in a position to do something to help. Following are donation links supplied by McCue Marketing Communications:
Please consider donating.
Published at Thu, 12 Oct 2017 12:32:52 +0000
Since the situation is changing rapidly because of weather conditions, it will be some time before we know the real impact to the wine businesses in Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino, and to the lives of the men and women that are at the heart of those businesses. For those of you that are looking for details on the impact, WineBusiness.com site is maintaining a list of winerires destroyed or damaged in the blazes.