One thing that has always drawn me to the Napa Valley is its strong sense of community and unbreakable bonds between the vintners, businesses and residents alike. It’s the primary reason I consider the Napa Valley my home away from home. This is a community of multigenerational farmers, vintners, chefs and artisans, school teachers and musicians and entrepreneurs to name a few. This is a community of people in small towns who know and greet their neighbors by first name, who know their neighbor’s parents and extended family because, well, in wine country everyone is family.
In the wake of the wine country fires, I’m so taken back by the selflessness of others and the philanthropy of so many to help those who were impacted in the worst ways. I live an easy one hour drive from Napa and the outpouring of support to transport much needed supplies for disaster relief as well as meals to feed first responders, the manner in which friends and complete strangers alike have pulled together is a testament of this unbreakable community. Let me repeat that. Unbreakable community. Amidst the tragedy, this unbreakable community has banded together to rebuild what has been lost. I know you’ve seen the devastation in the media, but there is so much that the news isn’t sharing because of course, fear mongering. Not all is lost and there is still SO much beauty to experience! Please take a minute to watch this video with messages from a handful of wineries that my dear friends at Cellar Angels compiled. The best thing you can do right now is visit the wineries and buy Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake County wines. Stimulating the economy will keep doors open and people employed.
Did you know that 90% of harvest had already been completed before the fires started? Most of the wine and vineyards have been saved. Fires have been completely contained and wine country is open for business, with even more of a purpose. It’s not just about the vintner sharing their story in a bottle anymore, which is something that I’ve always personally loved. It’s now about these same vintners and proprietors sharing their stories of survival, their tenacity, and their legacy in each and every sip.
Let’s all raise a glass to celebrate love, life and of course, wine!