It’s been a devastating week for Napa and Sonoma counties and, as of this writing, the fires are still raging.
There has been loss of life, homes, wildlife, and livelihood for many – specifically to those in the wine industry which spans from the vineyards to various hospitality and tourism businesses. There are many articles on the destruction so we don’t need to rehash that information.
Instead, we’d like to provide a list of ways to help our Northern California brethren, and highlight entities who are providing assistance. Also, there is a running directory of wineries that have been affected: one way of helping those wineries is by buying their wines in addition to sending them messages of support.
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Ways to Help
The Press Democrat has partnered with Redwood Credit Union, Senator Mike McGuire and numerous business leaders to raise funds to directly help fire victims. Every donated dollar will go directly to fire victims – all costs will be covered. To donate, click here.
The Salvation Army NorCal Wildfire Relief – Monetary donations are needed at this time. 100% of your gift will be used in support of the relief efforts. Donate here.
Donate to the Direct Impact Fund in partnership with GoFundMe. Your tax-deductible donation will go directly to support charities and individuals with verified campaigns on GoFundMe, donate here
The Redwood Empire Food Bank is currently providing critical food to shelters for our neighbors displaced by fires. Donate here
United Way of Wine Country. Donate here
Sonoma County Recovers, both to donate and also ask for assistance if you’ve been affected. Click here
Sonoma County of Education will be coordinating funds for schools and students that have lost everything. Make a payment to a school district. Click here
Running Directory of Wineries Affected
Tres Sabores – “Although the fight and worry is not yet over, the winery, Julie & Jon’s home, our staff and all our furry/wooly/feathered companions are currently safe. We are indeed the lucky ones at this moment. Our hearts go out to other wineries and residents who are not so fortunate.” FB
Hagafen Cellars, “The winery building appears to be fine. The tasting room also appears to be fine though much of the vegetation surrounding it is black and burned.” (Take a sip of their kosher Sauvignon Blanc, $20) IG, TW, FB
Paras Vineyard, no found website nor social pages, but a this video from SF Chronicle shows a structure property completely engulfed in flames.
Pulido-Walker’s Estate Vineyard, “Pulido Walker suffered a devastating loss of our home, but thus far the Estate vineyards seem to have withstood the destruction from the flames. Most importantly, we and our team are safe.” (Take a sip of their 95 point, 2010 highly acclaimed “killer Cabernet”, $150) TW, FB
Robert Sinskey Vineyards, no social pages nor updated website, but this Instagram post which indicates loss to vineyard and tasting room. (Take a sip of their biodynamically grown Stag’s Leap Cabernet, $100)
Segassia Vineyard, A company spokesperson confirmed that the winery owned by the Cates family has burned.
Signorello Estate Vineyards, “…while the winery buildings themselves had essentially burned to rubble, the vineyards appeared to be in good shape—and ready to bear fruit for another 20 vintages. We can, and we will, rebuild the winery.” TW, FB
Stags’ Leap Winery, “In the face of too much tragedy and loss, we continue to be deeply grateful that our buildings, vineyards and employees have been spared.” (Take a sip of their regularly 90+ point Cabernet, $50) IG, TW, FB
VinRoc, no social pages nor updated website found, but owner said “Total loss, everything gone except our (wine) cave,”
White Rock Vineyards, “Everyone at White Rock is safely evacuated and accounted for. The whole eastern Napa hillside from Stags leap down to napa is on fire.” Believed to have major damage. (Take a sip of their Bordeaux blend of which they make less than 1,000 cases, $50) IG, FB
William Hill Estate Winery, “ we have confirmed that the winery buildings are intact. William Hill sustained only minor cosmetic and landscaping damage” (Take a sip of their Napa estate blend, 90 point offering at $43) FB
Chateau St. Jean, ‘Our employees are safe and accounted for and their continued safety remains our number one priority.” The main structure appeared unharmed. (Take a sip of their 90 point Sonoma Chardonnay for just $25) IG, TW, FB
Gundlach Bundschu Winery, ‘I spent some of the day digging through the rubble at my parents’ house, with little to no luck finding anything intact.” Still assessing the damage. (Take a sip of this Sonoma Cabernet that’s scored 90+ points across critics, giving Napa a run of its money, $43) IG, TW, FB
Nicholson Ranch, “All the people at Nicholson Ranch are fine..Some of us are without power and some are staying with friends. But we are safe.The winery was in the path of the fire but escaped being engulfed by the flames. We have some damage to fix. The wine is secure in our cellars.” IG, FB
Paradise Ridge Winery, “We are heartbroken to share the news that our winery was burned down this morning. The winery may be broken but our estate vineyards survived, which is foundation of our wine.” IG, TW, FB
Backbone Vineyard & Winery,“Our winery burned to the ground along with all our wine made over the past five years.”
Golden Vineyards, The vineyards “are scorched but they are not ruined,”. No updated social and website isn’t working.
Oster Wine Cellars, destroyed in the Redwood Fire.
J Cage Cellars: “We were one of the lucky ones.” Their family is safe and their wine is already in barrel.
Shout Outs To:
Participating wineries from Paso Robles have mobilized and will donate $1 from every bottle sold in the month of October to charities helping those impacted by the fires. Here is a list including these 90+ point Cabernets by J Lohr ($13), Ancient Peaks ($17), DAOU Reserve ($50).
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Tuesday that the company is donating $1 million. The money will be divided among the Red Cross California Wildfires Fund, the Community Foundation of Sonoma and the Napa Valley Community Foundation
E. & J. Gallo Winery and Apple are giving $1 million, plus matching employee donations two-for-one.
Google said Google.org and the company’s employees are donating $500,000 to help support those affected by wildfires in Northern and Southern California. The money will go to the American Red Cross and to the Napa and Sonoma Community Foundations.
Intel said it is matching its employees’ donations.