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Thousands Of Gallons Of Wine Spill Into Russian River

by Kerana Todorov
January 24, 2020

A still-undetermined amount of wine leaked from a blending tank at Rodney Strong Vineyards Wednesday and entered a nearby creek, according to authorities.

The wine spill occurred at around 1:30  p.m., when the tank’s door “popped open for unknown reasons,” according to the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.

Exactly how much wine spilled into nearby Reiman Creek is unclear.  A caller reported 97,112 gallons of wine were released and entered the creek and that about 20 percent of the spill was contained. State officials reported the caller estimated that 46,000 gallons to 96,000 gallons reached the Russian River.

A contractor and the winery cleaned up the spill.

A Rodney Strong Vineyards’ representative said more than half of the wine contained in the 90,000-gallon blending tank was saved.

“The leak did result in some wine flowing out of the building with a portion entering a creek at the winery. We are currently trying to identify exactly how much,” Christopher O’Gorman, Rodney Strong Winery’s communications director, said Thursday in an email.

Staff became aware of the leak at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, he said. “In addition to working as fast as possible to contain the leak, per our emergency protocols, we immediately notified the California Office of Emergency Response and Healdsburg Fire Department,” O’Gorman said ”We have been working closely with those agencies in addition to the Sonoma County Sheriff and California Department of Fish & Wildlife,” he said. “We are investigating this apparent mechanical failure. We are deeply concerned and are doing everything in our power to protect our waterways.”

Additional Coverage in the North Bay Business Journal 



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