Living in the Midwest like a true effing American, I am only subject to certain types of weather and geological horrors. I’ve never experienced the kinds of phenomena you on the coasts might, your hurricanes and earthquakes and the like. The one or two times the city of Chicago could actually feel an earthquake, I slept through it like a drunken angel. So my quake experience is pretty limited to film and concern for my friends’ well-beings.
But then they came for my wine.
From the Washington Post:
The country’s well-known wine-making region, Napa Valley, was at the epicenter of the earthquake responsible for dozens of injuries and damages estimated to surpass $1 billion. And wine that bled out on cellar floors will make up a hefty chunk of the lost revenue. The valley’s more than 500 wineries generate some $13 billion a year for the regional economy, according to Napa Valley Vintners, a trade organization.
While the 2014 grapes will still be OK, since the harvest season just began, the loss is significantly devastating to already bottled wines, not to mention any loss that may have been incurred to equipment.
“It’s particularly disconcerting this time of year because we’re getting close to harvest and crush,” [Adam Fox, managing director of Canard Vineyard in Calistoga, told the L. A. Times]. “You can’t afford damage to your fermentation tank or water lines. If all your barrels came crashing, where are you going to get new ones in time?”
It is absolutely paramount that all my west coasterly friends are OK, particularly one Bay-area treasure. But after they’re all safe and sound, WINE. ALWAYS WINE. BE OK, WINE.