The pictures are shocking and heartbreaking. This is not just a lost of wine, it is a loss of art. The time, dedication and careful crafting given to each barrel of wine seems all for naught as one looks over the pictures of ruptured, leaking barrels posted on social media.
On Sunday, August 23, a 6.1 magnitude earthquake shook the Bay Area in the early morning hours, one of the strongest to hit this area of California in decades. The epicenter was located about 6 miles away from the town of Napa and wreaked havoc on the region.
The question now on everyone's minds is: how will this affect the industry? Estimates are still coming in regarding how much the damage will cost to remedy and how much revenue will be lost. Will the smaller wineries be able to recuperate? How will this loss affect current wine prices? Also, how will this affect sales of wine from other regions?
To get a greater sense of the destruction, Grub Street has complied a rather comprehensive gallery via Twitter:
My heart goes out to these winemakers and I vow to drink Napa wines for the rest of the week. Who's with me? #DrinkNapa