By now you have likely heard about the damaging 6.0 earthquake that woke the residents of Napa and Sonoma wine country this past Sunday morning. I couldn’t let Wine Wednesday go by without sending out good energy and love to the people of that area, especially Napa, which was one of the worst hit spots. Napa continues to experience aftershocks, and from social media, it’s evident people’s nerves are frayed.
The people of wine country have always been incredibly welcoming to me in all of our visits, supportive of my blog, and many of them shared support both personally and on a larger scale via social media when Boston experienced one of its darkest hours. I feel a little helpless watching so many people I interact with on a daily basis go through such a scary time. While I will be in wine country in just a few days, I thought I would share a few ways to help with anyone who is interested. If you know of anything additional, please feel free to share in the comments.
Two organizations that I have seen spoken about are Napa’s food bank, Community Action Napa Valley, and the Red Cross, which is always a good option in a disaster.
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So many wineries lost wine and had damaged facilities. If you can, do good and drink well at the same time! At the end of the day, wine involves farming, science, and artistry, and this quake coming at harvest time can have many layers of damage to the businesses involved in a place where tourism and so many other jobs rely on winemaking. Think of drinking wine as a way to help the economy!
Plan a trip to Napa Valley! It is open for business and ready to extend its world class hospitality.
Many beautiful wineries such as Trefethen have taken hard hits while many, many businesses were closed for at least the day after the earthquake. Wine country is the perfect getaway for food and wine lovers and is pretty ideal year-round.
For a few ideas you can visit the below blog posts and check out Visit Napa Valley.
Jessup Cellars – they had quite a bit of cleanup but are back at it again!
Where to Stay in Wine Country – a few ideas for your home base