Oct 19, 2017
By Chris Robinson
The past few weeks have seen Mother Nature throw just about everything at a cluster of destinations favoured by Canadian vacationers. Earthquakes in Mexico, mighty storms in the Caribbean and US Gulf Coast…and now the horrific wild fires in Northern California’s renowned wine country.
The wind-driven wildfires came as Napa and Sonoma counties were finishing highly anticipated harvests of wine grapes. This week would normally have found workers picking and processing the ripe grapes to make chardonnay and other wines. At least two wineries have been destroyed and many others badly damaged. About 12% of grapes grown in California are in Sonoma, Napa and surrounding counties, but they are the highest value grapes, leading to the highest value wines. So, if you were planning a trip to California’s wine country, make sure you check before you travel and plan your route around the worst effected zones.