TEN DEAD AND WINERIES DESTROYED AS WILDFIRES RAVAGE CALIFORNIA WINE COUNTRY
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A series of wild fires raged through the wine country of Sonoma County, Napa Valley and Mendocino County on Monday morning, killing 10 people and destroying an estimated 1,500 homes and businesses, including several wineries and damaging others.

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Parts of the city of Santa Rosa, including a Hilton hotel, were levelled by the blaze. The fires, which suddenly flared up during the night and were swept by high winds, were most damaging in the Atlas Peak-Stag’s Leap area near Yountville, in Sonoma County between Kenwood and Santa Rosa and in the mountains north and west of Calistoga.

Among the wineries said to be destroyed were Signerello, James Cole and White Rock in Napa Valley, Chateau St. Jean, Nicolson Ranch, Paradise Ridge and B.R. Cohn in Sonoma and Frey in Mendocino.

“As of now, we do not have any verifiable information regarding vineyard acreage or winery buildings burned,” Patsy McGaughy of Napa Valley Vintners reported Monday evening.

“Currently we are in safety mode to get our families and homes secured,” said Barbara Cox of Sonoma County Vintners. “We are piecing together information as we receive updates and are focused on reaching out to everyone to make sure they are all safe”.

Power was out in most of the affected areas, and many roads were closed, making communications difficult. Darioush and William Hill wineries both were at first said to be destroyed in early accounts, but both estates later reported their wineries remain intact, although both suffered property damage.

According to the Wine Spectator, “portions of Stags’ Leap Winery were burned” and other buildings in the complex were destroyed.

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