On My Nightstand
Right now I'm reading Thomas Jefferson on Wine by John Hailman. It combines two of the things I love most, wine and history. Knowing about Jefferson from a historical perspective, it's been intriguing to find out about another side of him: his love of wine.
Chad Watkins was recently featured on the podcast Purpose Rockstar. Listen to his interview here and be sure to rate the show and leave your feedback.
New Jersey Wine
This past Sunday was the first ever Vintage North Jersey Wine Festival. The Festival is run by Vintage North Jersey, a collaboration between northern New Jersey wineries from Sussex to Mercer counties. There were ten wineries involved in the festival which took place at Four Sisters Winery in Belvidere, NJ. You can read about the festival here, and watch a video on my youtube channel.
Earthquake Recovery in Napa
Days after the 6.1 earthquake shook the Napa Valley, residents have begun the long process of cleaning up. Sites have been setup for debris to be collected and crews are working round the clock to fix the 90 water main breaks. School started up today for children in the area but other buildings, like the city's senior center are still red-tagged.
Winemakers I've spoken with feel fortunate that more damage wasn't done. Saintsbury, located just south of the town of Napa, was probably one of the hardest hit and did lose about 30 cases of wine, but all in all came out ok.
One of the most incredible characteristics I love about Napa is their camaraderie. On a regular basis they are excellent at supporting one another, and in crisis situations all the more. From day one I read stories of people taking care of each other. For example, despite the front windows being blown out, a bakery in town put out coffee and muffins for the community. I wish we all responded this way in times of need.
6.1 Earthquake in Napa
Napa City officials are giving an update now. Water main break count is up to 90 pipes, but 10 crews are actively working to repair these and expect to have service restored by end of week. About 600 homes are without water at this time. Injury report climbed to 200, but all have been treated by Queen of the Valley Hospital. Forty-four buildings have been "red-tagged" which means they are not safe to enter.
Bravo to town crews for being on top of fixing utilities and getting through the cleanup. And for the doctors and nurses at Queen of the Valley for doing such a good job at receiving patients.
All wineries are saying it was fortunate the quake occurred at 3:20 am while no one was in the wineries. Each full barrel weighs roughly 900 pounds so it could have been much more disastrous to have those flying around if workers were in the winery. Next stage for winemakers is to evaluate the feasible of harvest taking place in debris-ridden wineries and areas without water.
More Breaking News:
This is no slow week for wine news. I just read also that the Baronness Philippine de Rothschild, owner and director of Château Mouton Rothschild, First Growth producer in Bordeaux, passed away on Friday. You can read more about her and her contribution to the wine industry here.