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Santa Rosa's Paradise Ridge Winery reopens from ashes of the 2017 wildfires

December 10, 2019

As about 200 guests gathered on his family's Fountaingrove wine estate on a picturesque Sunday afternoon, Rene Byck's greeting to all of them was simple but profoundly heartfelt: "Welcome back to paradise," Byck said. The Byck family was celebrating the grand opening of the new events facility at its Paradise Ridge Winery, which was among the 5,636 structures destroyed in the Oct. 8, 2017, Tubbs fire that also killed 22 people. The reopening served not only as an important milestone for the local wine sector to have one of its own returning from the ashes, but also for the overall Sonoma County community.