Wed 27 Aug 2014

California Earthquake: An Update From Delicato

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Earthquake damage at Saintsbury, Napa.

Earthquake damage at Saintsbury, Napa.

Following the earthquake that struck south-west of the city of Napa, we received some encouraging news today from Delicato (producers of The Society’s California Zinfandel for nearly ten years).

Delicato grows grapes and produce wine across most of California (The Society’s Zinfandel comes from vineyards in the Central Valley and Monterey) and in Napa they have an estate (Black Stallion) and winemaking facilities. Although there has been some damage, fortunately there have been no significant injuries. We wish them well in dealing with the aftermath.

Pierre Mansour
Buying Manager

As I’m sure you are all aware, an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 occurred near American Canyon at 3:20 a.m. yesterday, and violently shook the southern Napa area. I am relieved to be able to tell you that all of our employees and their families are safe. While there is a considerable amount of damage done and a good amount of clean-up required in homes, thankfully there were only a few cuts and bruises suffered.

Black Stallion Winery came through the quake with only minor damage. As would be expected with such a significant earthquake, damage was limited to a few broken pipes, some loose stones in the façade and some broken glassware in the tasting room, but fortunately no barrels fell and no tanks fractured. We are beyond fortunate compared to many of our neighbors.

At Delicato Napa Bottling, closest to the epicenter, fire sprinkler lines shifted from their original position, a small amount of flooring buckled, and there was some damage to the sheetrock and ceiling tiles. Damage, however, was not as bad as might have been feared and the line is running this morning bottling Black Stallion Los Carneros Pinot Noir.

The Napa office suffered minimally as well. Most of the loss was limited to wine racks that fell over with some broken bottles, but no structural damage.

Our sincere thanks go to everyone who quickly responded after the earthquake to check the facilities and ensure that all equipment and wine was secure. During times of unexpected crisis, families come together to support and help rebuild and repair — and Delicato is no different. We will work together to clean up and repair what was damaged and remember to offer a helping hand to our colleagues who may need our support.

Chris Indelicato

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Comments

  1. Roger Mackenzie says:

    EuroNews reported this morning that many wineries had been lucky with the earthquake timing with the previous vintage off the premises and the new vintage still on the vines. Some wineries had lost precious items such as bottles from their wine libraries and some casks of wines in longer maturation storage. A risk then I guess that finer wines will have been hit harder.

    No deaths and no serious hospitalisations; I trust this is not the canary down the mine event.

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