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Up to 96,000 gallons spilled from tank at Rodney Strong Vineyards leaks into Russian River

January 24, 2020

A door near the bottom of a large blending tank somehow popped open around 1:30 p.m. and released all of the cabernet sauvignon it was holding into a sanitary sewer system on the property. The wine flowed into a drainage ditch that feeds into Reiman Creek and eventually made its way to the Russian River. Rodney Strong spokesman Chris O'Gorman said Thursday the winery is conducting an internal investigation and cooperating with authorities. "We are deeply concerned and are doing everything in our power to protect our waterways,"