Though losses from the 6.0-magnitude earthquake that hit Napa on August 24 are expected to reach $2 billion, the quake’s impact on the 2014 crush has thus far been relatively minor.
“Right now,” says Cate Conniff, communications manager for the Napa Valley Vintners (NVV), “harvest is proceeding as normal. A lot of people are helping each other, sharing tank space and barrels and giving a hand in cleaning up. Some equipment was damaged, so people are loaning theirs.”
The best way to help? Drink! Visit wineries and downtown Napa, and buy a bottle—or eight. Or donate to the NVV’s Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund.
CRASHING THE CRUSH 2014
Drink With the Pros: A new industry clubhouse.
Stomp the Hell out of Some Grapes: Tap your inner Lucy.
Assess the Aftershocks: How to lend a hand to the recovery.
Eat Killer Grub: Don't let the quake quell your appetite.
Thank the (Mostly) Merciful Wine Gods: Why it could have been worse.
Toast to Unharmed Bottles: Warm-weather drinking at its finest.
Find Serenity on the Silverado Trail: The newest attractions not on Highway 29.
Party Like a Pro: The Best Wine Events
Originally published in the October issue of San Francisco