As you know, an earthquake hit an area of Napa called American Canyon early Sunday morning. As luck would have it, that is where we, and many others, store and make our wine.
We have received lots of calls, texts and posts with concern and good wishes. Our homes may be broken, but our families and friends are safe and we are cleaning up with good cheer.
While our wine in bottle survived, sadly 1/3 of our Howell Mountain blend in barrel is lost, as well as a number of other empty barrels waiting for the 2014 vintage. This is quite a financial hit, as most small wineries cannot afford earthquake insurance.
Some have been asking what they can do to help the region, and the best thing we can suggest is to buy Napa wine, especially from small producers who took the largest hit.
It goes without saying we appreciate your concern; this event reminds us to take stock in how lucky we are to have such great friends.
We’ll dust off and move forward to 2014’s vintage, which should be a good one.
Love and respect,
Mike and Lucas Farmer