Wineries didn’t escape the effects of Sunday morning’s 6.0 earthquake. The grapes on the vines were unaffected, but some of the barrel storage warehouses in Sonoma took a hit.
Michael Coats, a spokesman for the Ledson Winery, said three dozen or more barrels tumbled as a result of the quake. Coats said not all the barrels were full, but a number were.
While he said he can’t speak for everyone, he thinks a number of the storage facilities on Eighth Street East were affected by the quake, but said the degree of damage hasn’t been completely assessed.
“Sam Sebastiani was quoted in the Wall Street Journal as losing 48 barrels,” Coates said. “I would think that most wineries are insured for loss of goods.”
“Thank god it happened at 3:30 in the morning instead of midday,” he said, referring to all the damage in Napa.