As of Tuesday, October 10th at around 6pm EST there are over a dozen wildfires raging throughout Northern California. The fires are concentrated in the wine and agricultural centers of the state in Napa and Sonoma Counties, where 12% of the state’s grapes are grown. On this episode we are providing up to date information on the impact this disaster is having on the residents of this region and how it is affecting the area’s food and wine producers. We are joined on the phone by Brian Kenny of Hearst Ranch and Adam Mariani from Scribe Winery to get their local perspectives and reports.
Scribe Winery issued this statement on Tuesday afternoon:
“We are heartbroken by the devastation the wildfires have caused to both the Sonoma and Napa Valley. We have been up for the last two nights working alongside the incredible Cal Fire and the local fire departments to keep the fire at bay. It was a very close call. If not for them this place we have called home for over a decade would be gone. We are also so thankful to the community and our friends for coming out to help over the last few days. Although Arrowhead Mountain is scorched, we are so grateful that the Hacienda and the other buildings have been spared. We are incredibly fortunate and appreciate the messages of love and support. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people who were not so lucky. It’s beyond devastating.”
The full personal, economic, and environmental impact of this devastating natural disaster will likely not be known until the fires have been controlled. HRN On Tour will be keeping you up to date on how the fires are affecting our food and wine producers and how you can help those in need. We will continue our coverage in a special segment of this week’s HRN Happy Hour, Thursday evening at 5pm, where we will be joined by more voices of Northern California’s food world.