Wine Columnist: Napa Earthquake Could Have Been Much Worse

Monday, 25 Aug 2014 05:47 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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The earthquake that rocked northern California is bad news for the Sacramento State's wine industry — but not as bad as it could have been, says David White, a columnist for the online wine blog Grape Collective. 

"Had this happened about a month from now, things could've been much, much worse than they were," White said Monday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"Most of the 2012 juice has already been put in bottles … [and] not many wineries have reported damage to those packed bottles. But what they are reporting damage to are the barrels that were full of 2013 wine.

"We're certainly going to see a smaller production of 2013 as wine makers figure out how many barrels broke, how much wine leaked out and how much they are left with."

On Sunday, northern California — home to the nation's wine capital of Napa Valley — was hit by an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0, injuring close to 200 people and causing widespread damage.

"Some wineries are saying they lost everything, some are saying they didn't get any damage at all, but the real impact is going to be with 2013 red wine," White said.

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