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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.


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