Wine community forms fire support network

Santa Rosa, Calif.—Wine industry associations have joined together to provide immediate and long-term assistance for those impacted by the fires that continue to ravage Northern California. The group, calling itself CAWineStrong, represents California’s major winegrowing regions, reports support efforts will include “fundraising and the creation of an online resource where vintners can find and offer resources such as generators, trailers, lodging and manpower.” Support and resources are being organized as quickly as possible, and messaging is being organized around the hashtag #CAWineStrong.

The following is a list, provided by organizers, of current needs and who to contact to offer assistance.

Vintners in the affected areas have immediate on-the-ground needs ranging from equipment to experienced manpower. Priorities include:

• Water Tanks, as local water resources are scarce and needed by firefighters. Those who can provide tanks should immediately email maureen@sonomavalleyvintners.com. Wineries in Lodi, Calif., with extra wine storage capacity and willing to process grapes or store wine should contact melissa@lodiwine.com
• Generators to power cooling tanks and other urgently need equipment.
• Tractors and trailers to assist with moving grapes, equipment and debris.
• Lodging to house workers, including tents, mobile units or locals willing to open their homes.
• Volunteer Labor. Experienced vineyard and cellar workers are needed; unskilled manpower is also welcome.

An online form has been created where supporters can list available resources and provide contact information. This information will only be shared with members of Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino winegrowing and vintner associations. 

SLO Wine in San Luis Obispo, Calif., announced it is working in partnership with #CAWineStrong, to help in fire relief efforts.

Members and associate members of SLO Wine Country are generating crowd-funded donations, Cutruzzola Vinyards is donating 10% of its tasting room sales, and Tolosa, Alpha Omega and the Baggett BBQ together have formed Operation BBQ Relief to provide meals for displaced residents and emergency personnel. In addition, Baileyana is hosting a fundraiser and benefit concert for fire relief.

Several relief funds have been created, and regional leaders are encouraging those who cannot provide ground support to donate to the following funds:

Sonoma County Resilience Fund: donatenow.networkforgood.org
Napa Valley Community Foundation: napavalleycf.org
Community Foundation of Mendocino County:  communityfound.org

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