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Tuesday, August 26, 2014
August 26, 2014 | 4:09 PM

Across this newdesk today is an earthquake update from the Napa Valley Grapegrowers:

The County of Napa has prepared a brief survey to gather information related to the earthquake damages that you may have sustained. The information will be important to estimate the countywide impacts, and to potentially seek out additional resources and assistance that may be available.

Please submit responses by close of business on Tuesday, August 26, 2014. Your responses is key to the county's recovery efforts. Please share this information with other wine industry partners that may not have received this message.

Click here to take the survey

Note: To avoid duplication of results, each business only needs to complete this survey one time. Also, this inquiry will not take the place of an actual claim for losses, it is only to estimate losses at this point.

If you have buildings or structures that need to be inspected in the unincorporated areas of the County, please contact (707) 253-4417, Napa County Emergency Operations Center, Public Information Team, on behalf of Larry Florin, Director of Housing and Intergovernmental Affairs.

For ongoing updates and resources, you can refer to the City of Napa homepage at

August 26, 2014 | 1:57 PM

Everyone who drives on Highway 121 regularly knows that Cline Cellars changes the marquee outside their winery often with some kind of clever message. Here is today's message, brought to you by the #napaquake:


Monday, August 25, 2014
August 25, 2014 | 3:39 PM

From Bourassa Vineyards:

Hello to all our friends,

I wanted to assure everyone in our reach that Dana, Rob, Tom and Gary as well as myself are all ok in Napa after a strong earthquake here at 3:20 Am on Sunday. Rob and Dana had home damage with losses in everyday comforts like power, dishes, glass ware and art work. The winery sustained a loss of about 3 cases of wine from the tasting room in 2 places, I can tell you that at 4:00 am cleaning a floor with chocolate port wine sauce mixed with red wine and broken glass is not a pretty picture. Thank God no one on our team was injured here. I have received calls from all over the country and even one from Dubai, bad news travel fast, the good news is all is good.

The news is showing all the worst cases of damage and yes there where injuries and loss of homes and partial loss of some buildings in the downtown area, but I can tell you that 99% of all the businesses in this valley are open and ready for our guests. We love this valley and the industry we work in, Napa is still one of the prettiest places on earth, come visit and let’s tell stories over a glass of wine.


From Elyse Winery:

Thanks to all of you for checking in...

Many thanks to all of you who have checked in on us following the earthquake. Fortunately we at Elyse Winery suffered relatively little damage. We are busy cleaning up broken barrels and spilled wine, and are restacking cases in the tasting room. At the same time we are washing off our crusher/de-stemmer and are getting ready for Harvest 2014! Grapes arrive tomorrow!

Many wineries in the valley experienced devastating losses and our hearts go out to them. We are a strong community and together we will get through this disaster.

Best regards,
Nancy and Ray

August 25, 2014 | 3:37 PM

While damage and loss estimates may be slow to reach the surface, it seems that there will not be a signifcant loss of inventory of Napa Valley wine. according to the most recent update from the Napa Valley Vintners, though there are some wineries who saw (as reported through Twitter by winemakers and owners) as much as a 50 percent loss of inventory.

There is some good news: There have been no employee injuries reported.

Alison Crowe of Garnet Vineyards reports:  "From all reports, however, damage is hit-or-miss. Thankfully, there was nobody out and about downtown and even more importantly, nobody working in the tight barrel stacks when it all came crashing down. For every winemaker I’ve heard from with barrels on their sides there are five that are reporting little to no damage." (from The Girl and the Grape)

The California State Board of Equalization announced that business owners and feepaers that were impacted by the quake can "request an extension to file returns, relief from penalties and/or interest for some taxes and fees, or to replace copies of records lost or damaged." To apply for a relief request, visit the BOE website at

For those offering or needing help, here is a list of resources: 

  • The City of Napa has a list of resources, including status reports, how to respond to a red or yellow flag and more here.
  • Napa Valley Vinters is releasing updates at and included a list of community resources such as shelters, water stations, medical help and more.
  • Community members banded together to create a Facebook page where residents can list items needed and find help.
  • The Meritage Resort and Spa is offering discounted rates for displaced locals and tourists.
  • Roaming Gnome is offering 250 and 330 gallon totes at no charge to Napa wineries. Contact James Bateman at 707-200-7838.
  • Barrel Builders is offering a handy barrel-lifting tool for vintners struggling to right upended stacks. Contact Phil Burton at or call 707-953-9516.


August 25, 2014 | 11:20 AM

Below is a roundup of photos of the damage caused by the 6.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Northern California on Sunday morning, Aug. 24. The epicenter was about 9 miles south of Napa and many wineries in both Napa and Sonoma were affected. The damage is still being assessed. If wineries in Napa are looking for assistance, Don Parker from Lodi Vines Wine Fulfillment is offering case goods storage. Call 209-339-9212. In addition, Parker posted on Facebook:

Could everyone let any of the wineries that are in need! Roaming gnome is offering 250 and 330 gallon totes at no charge to Napa wineries! James Bateman, Cell: 707-200-7838

Click here for the full list of the City of Napa's resources.

Click here for resources from the Napa Valley Vintners.

(Don Parker, Lodi Vines Wine Fulfillment)

Pretty severe tank damage & significant amount of #wine loss, but we're feeling fortunate everyone is safe #napaquake (Twitter/@SebastianiWines)

Red wine sprays out of a tank at Sebastiani Winery in Sonoma, Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014. Fourteen of the winerie's tanks were damaged from the earthquake, causing loss of wines of all varieties. (Crista Jeremiason/The Press Democrat)

Damage the Napa #quake caused at Bouchaine, the winery closest to epicenter. Barrels cracked, spilled wine, $$$ lost. (Twitter/@JuanCarlosABC7)


Etude Winery (Twitter/@canterburywine)


Van’s Liquors (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Bouchaine Vineyards (Stephen Lam/Reuters)

B.R. Cohn Winery (Eric Risberg, AP)


Friday, August 22, 2014
August 22, 2014 | 12:05 PM

Monica and David Stevens, proprietors of 750 Wines in St. Helena are fulfilling a life-long dream of providing a forever home sanctuary and rescue and ranch for at-risk animals. In addition to saving animals’ lives, their hope is for JRR to also become a communications network and hub of the wheel for animal rescue throughout all of Northern California.

As they take-on this enormous endeavor, they are looking to raise friends, raise funds and raise awareness to help support their mission. JRR’s official kick-off event, Wineapalooza (dinner, wine tasting and live auction extravaganza) will be held on Saturday, September 20th at Gamble Family Vineyards.

Because of the longstanding relationships Monica and David have developed, attendees of Wineapalooza will have the rare opportunity to sample more than 40 of the finest wines the Napa Valley has to offer. Selections will include rarely poured brands such as Tusk, Realm and Herb Lamb.

For more see the website or Facebook page 


Wednesday, August 20, 2014
August 20, 2014 | 4:26 PM

On July 31, Drakes Bay Oyster Company was forced to close by the National Parks Services and Department of the Interior. The last oyster cannery in California, Drakes is now only able to continue harvesting oysters for sale in the wholesale market. The shuckers and packers, some that had been with the company for 30 years, lost their jobs when the shucking and packing builkding was lifted from the ground and put onto a trailer for removal.

To help raise money for the family of Drakes Bay Oyster Company, Stag Dining alongside Fine & Rare and the Carneros Wine Alliance, are hosting a benefit event at FISH in Sausalito.

'Shuck for Shelter’ A Benefit for the Workers of the Drakes Bay Oyster Company

WHEN:Sunday, August 24, 2 to 5 p.m.

WHERE: FISH Restaurant
              350 Harbor Drive, Sausalito, CA 94965

COST & DETAILS: $75* per person
                              21 and over
                              Price includes food and beverages.
                              This event is a cocktail style party.
* A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the workers of Drakes Bay Oyster Company. Additional raffle items and rare wines will be auctioned off as well.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014
August 19, 2014 | 2:30 PM

Selected Recent Sales of Grapes & Wines in Bulk for August 18, 2014 courtesy of Turrentine Brokerage:

Bulk Wine

Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 wine, Rutherford, 12,700 gallons at $35.00 per gallon

Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 wine, Alexander Valley, 2,000 gallons at $20.00 per gallon

Merlot 2012 wine, Chalk Hill, 3,700 gallons at $13.00 per gallon

Pinot Noir 2013 wine, California, 25,000 gallons at $6.50 per gallon

Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 wine, Lodi, 12,500 gallons at $5.75 per gallon

Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 wine, Napa Valley, 9,500 gallons at $29.00 per gallon

August 19, 2014 | 9:22 AM

Iron Horse Vineyards adds rice hulls before pressing in order to get to get more delicate, delicious juice with less pressure.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
by Cyril Penn | August 13, 2014 | 2:08 PM

California’s wine type grape production is forecast at 3.9 million tons for 2014, down 8 percent from 2013, according to a report issued yesterday by the California Agricultural Statistics Service. That’s still a fairly big crop, however: If 3.9 million tons are crushed, 2014 will be California's third-largest ever wine-grape crop to date.

According to the report, the raisin crop is expected to be 1.95 million tons, down 13 percent from 2014, and table grape production is forecast at 1.20 million tons, down 2 percent.

CASS noted that bunch counts were reported to be down from last year’s counts and that hail during bloom negatively affected some vineyards.

The forecast is in line with Allied Grapegrowers’ earlier estimate of 3.8 to 4.0 million tons of wine-grapes in 2014, though Allied president Nat Dibuduo said he thinks the state’s forecast for Thomson grapes may be high – with the Thompson crop down by as much as 20 or even 25 percent.

The market for un-contracted grapes, meanwhile, is currently soft, according to industry sources. Dibuduo said the spot market has eased because of record harvests in 2012 and 2013. While there are currently few buyers for grapes in the San Joaquin Valley, sales of grapes are brisk along California’s north coast, however.

The softening of the spot market has been attributed to the large 2012 and 2013 harvests.

Drought is a factor in 2014 and could be an even bigger issue for wine grape production in 2015.

“I’m definitely concerned about next year’s crop if we have another dry year,” Dibuduo said.


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