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Napa and Sonoma Wine Country is open for business! I have received many emails and phone calls from concerned folks regarding the tragic wildfires in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino Counties. This event was far more serious than the Napa earthquake of 2014. According to the Calfire website, the fires burned more than 180,000 acres of land, 5,700 buildings and killed 40 people making it one of the worst in California history.  Our hearts go out to those who lost loved ones, homes and beloved pets, and many thanks to the brave emergency workers who fought hard for the preservation of life and property. Wineries, businesses, and homes can be rebuilt and I’m sure the vast majority will be soon.

I received this message from the Napa Valley Vintners Association:

Damage to Napa Valley wineries and its vineyards is not widespread. The fires burned predominantly in the forested hillsides. The well-known Napa Valley floor saw little to no impact from the fires. Less than 15% of our member wineries have reported any direct damage at all and fewer than five experienced significant property loss.

  • The greater challenge is that most wineries were closed during one of our busiest tourist seasons. The region is beginning to reopen for business, so people planning to visit should not cancel their trips.
  • Vintners are very optimistic about the quality of the 2017 vintage and the winemaking that was already underway when the fires started. We estimate that 90% of the total grape tonnage was picked before the fires started. The circumstances surrounding these fires and the grapes left on the vine is unprecedented and the potential effects of the fires are not yet fully known.
  • For grapes picked after the fires started, winemakers are diligently inspecting them and running lab tests for possible effects of smoke. No matter the circumstance, Napa Valley’s winemakers remain committed to upholding our renowned region’s reputation for making some of the world’s finest wines. Everything possible will be done to ensure only the highest quality 2017 wines go to market.
  • Wine lovers around the world wishing to help can buy a bottle or glass of their favorite Napa Valley wine to enjoy. For those who wish to donate to recovery and relief efforts, we recommend the Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund, which NVV established immediately following the South Napa earthquake. We distributed $2 million to the fund last week.

That is certainly encouraging. It’s has been a very difficult year, full of challenges from Mother Nature. The spirit of the folks in wine country is strong and they are moving on and working hard to return to normalcy. We encourage people around here to go on that wine country vacation you had planned and/or buy a bottle of Napa, Sonoma or Mendocino county wine and toast to the health and continued success of one of my favorite areas of the nation.

Cheers!

-Bill the Wine Guy

 


 

Franciscan Napa Valley Chardonnay 2015
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Pale yellow in color. Aromas fill the glass with rich bright fruit, minerals, and cream with honeyed pear-apple. The bright and vibrant palate shows rich flavors evoking apple galette, honey, and creamy vanilla bean. Full and round with a rich mouth-feel and a long finish of Asian pear with toasty oak notes.
Regular Price $19.99
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Matanzas Creek Sauvignon Blanc Alexander Valley
matazas sb Exuberant and juicy, the primary aromas and flavors are pink grapefruit, honeydew melon, and Meyer lemon, with a hint of thyme in the background. This wine has a broad mouthfeel and cascading acidity.
Regular Price $22.99
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Rodney Strong Russian River Pinot Noir
rodney-strong-pinot-noir-russian-river-valley The 2014 Estate Russian River Valley Pinot Noir has lovely aromas of red fruit, floral and earth. With a soft and silky texture, on the palate cherry, cranberry, and baking spice characteristics shine through with balance, acidity and a nice lingering finish. This medium bodied wine was aged for 15 months in small French oak barrels, which added a hint of toasty vanilla and spice complexity.
Regular Price $22.99
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Franciscan Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
franciscan cabernet Vibrant layers of ripe fruit, including red plum, blackberry, and black cherry, supported by notes of dried herbs, black pepper, and toffee. Dark plum and boysenberry blend with baking spices and mocha. A generous and balanced structure woven from fine tannins and rich fruit flavors provide a seamless opening. The lengthy finish is carried by flavors of sweet berries and dark chocolate.
Regular Price $29.99
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Prices good thru November 30th, 2017

 

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