Earthquake rattles, doesn’t wreck Napa wineries

on 25/08/14 at 9:41 am

Wine

indexNear the height of annual harvesting and tourist season, California’s Napa Valley wineries were struck hard by Sunday’s magnitude-6.0 earthquake, but many reported surprisingly light damage.

The early morning earthquake, whose epicenter was about 9 miles south of Napa, jolted residents and had winemakers scrambling to check their homes and businesses.

“It was a very violent awakening,” says Sandy Taylor, co-founder of the Taylor Family Winery in Napa. “It seemed to shake a long time. Our dogs and cats bailed out.”

Taylor says her winery, about a mile from the epicenter, lost one barrel of 2013 Chardonnay. “The finished bottles at the winery were fine, Taylor says. “The finished goods are in cases, boxed, palletized and shrink-wrapped,” she says. “I think the shrink-wrap was what kept them safe.”

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