Calif. earthquakes impacting wine supply

The epicenter of the 6.0 magnitude earthquake was just 6 miles from Napa Valley

Barrels filled with Cabernet Sauvignon are toppled on one another following an earthquake at the B.R. Cohn Winery barrel storage facility Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Napa, Calif. Winemakers in California’s storied Napa Valley woke up to thousands of broken bottles, barrels and gallons of ruined wine as a result of Sunday’s earthquake. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Napa Valley is famous for its many vineyards and wineries, and as 22News found out, this weekend’s earthquake deeply impacted California wine country and our ability to buy those wines.

The epicenter of the 6.0 magnitude earthquake was just 6 miles from Napa. That’s disastrous in many ways for the wineries there.

First, some wines that are bottled and aging in cellars before they’re released shattered. Some barrels cracked open, spoiling the wine inside.

But according to Table & Vine wine buyer Michael Brunelle, the biggest disaster is white wine undergoing fermentation. The quake knocked out electricity, and without it, the wine is cooking instead of cooling. He said that’s going to impact the amount liquor stores will be able to buy.

Brunelle told 22News, “The law of supply and demand is probably going to raise prices of Napa Valley wines. I think here at the store what we’ll do is look for values elsewhere in the world and maybe not get people off of Napa Valley but introduce them into replacements.”

He said Napa Valley vineyards have already been dealing with three years of short crops, which means they couldn’t make as much wine.

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