I feel fortunate that no one I know was injured in the Napa earthquake on Sunday morning, and I want to express my sympathy for all those affected, whether through property damage or physical injury. I am grateful that there have been no reported fatalities, and while I know we will be dealing with the fallout of the earthquake for a long time, I am glad that the damage to the city of Napa is reparable. Those who were injured in the quake are, I’m sure, in everyone’s thoughts and prayers for a quick and complete recovery. As we continue to hear accounts and see photos of the damage to historic buildings, tumbled barrels, and lakes of wine and broken bottles, it is easy to get caught up in the drama of speculating how the wine business will be affected by the earthquake, but that can wait until later.
For now, let’s focus on being thankful for the quick response to the disaster; the measures that were already in place to protect the people, the history, and the wine of the region; the planning that is already taking place to move forward from this event and prevent such havoc in the future; and our collective ability to help the area recover. In light of the earthquake, I suggest purchasing a bottle of Napa-made wine and toasting to their recovery. Reach out to your friends and family in Napa and see if you can lend a hand to help put everything to rights. If you’re in the Bay Area and are able, look for opportunities to volunteer to clear the damage.
This earthquake came at a bad time (and is there a good time for earthquakes?) with the harvest season and a tough drought upon us, but we can give it a positive outcome. Help the region repair and renew itself, help those who were affected by the earthquake, and help continue celebrating the beautiful, historic, and ever-stronger Napa Valley.
If you wish to volunteer or donate to help Napa recover, please visit http://www.redcross.org/.