Holiday Gifts for Wine Lovers
It's almost Christmas and time is running out to purchase gifts for your loved ones. However, it's not too late for Amazon Prime and I have included a couple of gifts that will arrive in time for the holidays! This year I have created a different kind of Holiday gift guide. I've included a couple of suggestions along with wine selections that will benefit the wineries that were affected by the North Bay Fires. You buy wine........... and the winery benefits.... you benefit....it's a WIN WIN situation!!!!!!!
Engraved Wine Glass by Wine Accents
These wine glasses by Wine Accents are super cute!!!! They are large wine glasses and made from thick high quality glass. With 12 wine quotes available, these glasses are under $16!!! Click Below.
The Santa Flask is just a super fun GAG gift or secret Santa. It holds three bottles of wine and it's perfect for tail gaiting or holiday parties. You can even turn it into a fun blind wine tasting game. If you don't like the Santa flask, other designs are also available. Just under $14!!!!! Click Below.
The glass on the top right, are some of my favorite wine glasses! These are also a favorite for guests and it's my most requested item on my instagram. Click below.
Wine All the Time Book by Marissa A. Ross
I love this book! Marisa A. Ross is a super talented wine writer I admire. She recently wrote a book about the basics of wine in a fun way. This will make a great gift for any wine lover! Click below and Under $14!!!!
Purchase wine Below & Support North Bay Fire Victims
Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Lake Counties need our help, where the tourism rate has dropped since the fires. Remember that Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Lake Counties have NOT been destroyed and the media has made it seem like wine country is no longer there. But that is far from the truth! Although the loss during the fires has been substantial, the loss of business was the most devastating. During my last visit in November at the wine bloggers conference, several representatives from the affected areas in wine country, spoke to us about what the aftermath. As a result of the fires, 15% of Sonoma County, 10% of Napa, 8% in Lake Counties and approximately 2800 acres in Mendocino County were burned, with the majority of it being residential areas. The North Bay fires begun the first three weeks of harvest, which is the busiest time of the year. Thousands of tourist have cancelled their vacations during the busiest time of the year, leaving wine country almost a ghost town.
In Napa, most of the 2017 vintage was picked, however, some of the Cabernet Sauvignon was left on the vines. Due to Cabernet Sauvignon being a thick skin grape, the hope is that it may be more resilient to the smoke. In addition, it was reported that the fires were not on the ground long enough to warm up the soil and affect the vines. Winemakers and winegrowers are constantly testing the soils, in order to continue producing and ensuring the highest quality wine is made.
Please know that a lot of the fire victims work in the wine industry and we can help by visiting wineries and restaurants in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Lake Counties. If you can’t visit, purchase northern California wine this holiday season and help Wine Country re build!
Below are some of the most affected wineries, where purchasing wine will go a long way. Thank you for taking the time and reading this blog post.
All facts were gathered by Erika Beach during the Wine Bloggers conference November 8-11 of 2017. The report was given by Sonoma Valley Tourism Board, Napa Valley Vintners, Mendocino Wine Growers, Owner of Signorello Estate and family members of Paradise Ridge Winery. #SonomaStrong
Gundlach Bundschu Winery, Despite earlier reports of significant fire damage, the winery buildings are structurally sound, said Katie Bundschu. However, they did loose their family home and had some damage to the vineyards. You can buy wine HERE.
Ahh Winery, The winery building at Glen Ellen’s Ahh Winery was completely destroyed, along wth its water system.
Ancient Oak Cellars, Ancient Oak Cellars’ home vineyard at Siebert Ranch, in the Russian River Valley, experienced significant loss because of fire. The bottled wines and wines in barrel, however, were safe at other locations and the vines were spared.
Chateau St. Jean, Despite early reports that the winery was destroyed, a drive-by Tuesday showed damage to some outbuilding and archway entries from the parking lot, but the main structure appeared unharmed.
Signorello Estate Vineyards, The winery and residence in the Stag’s Leap District burned to the ground. Click HERE for more information on ways to help Signorello Estate. Signorello Estate received the most damage in Napa and can no longer host guest. You can join their list for their small allocation of wine.
White Rock Vineyards, Initial reports said the winery confirmed it was destroyed in the fire, and a San Francisco Chronicle photo did show the burned out wooden cave doors and many destroyed bottles of fine. But the family reports that while the property had some damage, the winery and wines were safe in an underground facility and cave system and the vines are still intact. You can purchase wine HERE starting at $15 and read more about their fire damage HERE.
Darioush Winery, The winery reported landscape and vineyard damage, but the winery building itself is still standing.
Hagafen Cellars, The winery building and tasting room survived the fire, but the crush pad partially burned, some agricultural equipment was destroyed, a guest house and chicken house were lost and about an acre of vineyards burned.
Helena View Johnston Vineyards, According to the owner’s brother, this organic winery burned to the ground
Jarivs Estate: The Napa winery from the Atlas Peak district sustained significant damage. Several structures, including the estate’s historic barn, known as Jarvis’ “pilot winery,” were destroyed.
Mayacamas Vineyards, The winery atop Mount Veeder survived the fire, but a private tasting and events building known as “the residence” was destroyed.
Paras Vineyard, The winery is believed to have had severe damage.
Patland Estate Vineyards, A view from Soda Canyon Road shows extensive damage to the estate and vineyards.
Pulido-Walker’s Estate Vineyard, Mt. Veeder, Napa: The Estate Vineyard of Mark Pulido and Donna Walker in Napa was destroyed. The owners confirmed that they lost their home and a portion of the estate vineyard during the Partrick Road Fire and that likely will impact their planned 2018 inaugural harvest from that vineyard.
Robert Sinskey Vineyards, Only some vegetation around the winery had burned.
Roy Estate, Caught in one of the worst fire zones, the winery was extensively damaged.
Segassia Vineyard, A company spokesperson confirmed that the winery owned by the Cates family has burned.
Sill Family Vineyards, Photos provided to the Napa Valley Register show the winery destroyed by fire, and owner Igor Sill told the paper by email, “We will rebuild as soon as we’re allowed to return.”
Silver Oak Cellars vineyard, sustained only minimal damage to their Soda Canyon Ranch Vineyard in the Napa Valley. No vines were lost. Harvest was complete before the wildfires began.
Sky Vineyards, The family-owned winery has sustained fire damage but is still standing.
Stags’ Leap Winery, The main winery and tasting room in the Stags’ Leap District are intact, but some outer buildings on the property were lost. Stag’s Leap Winery is often confused with neighboring Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars.
VinRoc, The Atlas Peak district winery and home were destroyed. “Total loss, everything gone except our (wine) cave,” he said.
William Hill Estate Winery, Damage to the winery’s entrance sign led to reports that the winery was destroyed. William Hill sustained only minor cosmetic and landscaping damage, in addition to minimal vineyard damage.
Frey Vineyards, The country’s first organic and biodynamic winery lost its winery and bottling facility but a wine-storage warehouse is still standing. All wine orders have been suspended temporarily until the family can fully assess the loss. You can purchase wine as low as $12.50 HERE.
Backbone Vineyard & Winery, Redwood Valley: The small family winery that had replaced the former Cole Bailey winery was lost in the Redwood fire. The winery burned to the ground along with all the wine made over the past five years.
Oster Wine Cellars, Ken and Teresa Fetzer’s winery, which specializes in limited-production Cabernet Sauvignon, was destroyed in the Redwood Fire.