I had the chance to be up at the 2017 Wine Bloggers Conference in Santa Rosa. It was a great three day line up of sessions & winemakers! Downtown near the Old Courthouse Square you'll find this 12x6x3' of stunning sculpture!
Being November, in the spirit of Thanksgiving there is much to be thankful for here. It was a time to hear stories about the local community—as well as journalists, first responders, and photographers—banning together and doing what it takes to support each other during the fires; and now as Northern Cal begins its healing and recovery.
Joy and pain often go hand in hand. The pain and sadness of the loss of lives, homes, jobs, and land deserves our condolences and prayers. But the joy, in among the pain, is the coming together of the Northern California communities, the donations for restoration coming in from across the world, and the resilience and hope that comes from the support of others as they recover one step at a time.
The fires typically burned along the hills but not the valley floor, skirting the vineyards. Signorello Estate Winery in Napa lost their tasting room, but their wines are available for purchase on their site. Also, they will now bring the tastings to you as they rebuild. For tastings and seven course dinner visit them online.
I personally didn't see any burn areas during my four days up in the Santa Rosa/Petaluma area. However, session speakers made two requests that stood out to me. First, is to honor those who are grieving. There have been instances of visitors driving through the burn areas and taking selfies. I think it goes without saying there are better ways to respect and support those affected by the fires.
The other comment from the local industry is to support the community by coming, staying, and enjoying the many wineries, hotels and restaurants that are open, and visiting the Northern California wine regions. Recovery donations are, of course, welcome. But even little signs of support are appreciated. Enjoy a bottle of Northern California wines with friends and toast the region!
Returning to the theme of gratitude, I was awe struck by how many winemakers came and shared their wines. One of the key sponsors was Naked Wines. They sell wine and support small wineries and wine makers across the world https://us.nakedwines.com/
I tried many of the wines, but there were just as many wines I walked by and pined away,
wishing I had unlimited wine stamina to try them all!
So in honor and support of the Northern California wine region, here's to a portfolio of wines to explore.
Best to you and your next jaunt to the Northern California wine region!
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