More than 250 wineries have sprung up in the 10 counties that can be considered part of the Foothills of the Sierra Nevada. The wines being produced are incredible: intense, unique, sometimes even experimental in terms of blends and varietals. Learn more about this great and growing California wine region!
Sunday, September 13, 2015
Calaveras and Amador - Butte Fire Impacts on Wineries, Vineyards, Tasting Rooms etc
Today I had a long talk with a winery owner from Calaveras who bemoaned the fact that there does not seem to be any central source for information on what's happened to vineyards, wineries and tasting rooms in Amador and Calaveras counties.
I'm happy to consolidate as much information as folks will send me, and keep an ongoing update as long as it is helpful.
Send your news to barbarakeck.winenewswriter (at) gmail.com
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What We've Seen So Far...
My photographer Johan and I were finishing up work at Sierra Vista Winery in Placerville on Thursday around noon when we saw the pyrocumulus cloud forming rapidly in the direction of Jackson. It is not the kind of photo we ever expected to take whilst creating this book on Wineries of The Sierra Foothills (publication date December 2015), and we were horrified at the implications of this rapidly-developing fire. In six weeks of criss-crossing 8 Foothills counties, we developed a genuine affection for the winemakers, winery owners, and workers we met. We were so sad to see this tragedy occur.
Our hearts go out to all who were affected, and our prayers are coming your way too.
We know that the Foothills wine folks will do what they can to help out their fellow wineries. That's the beauty of the Foothills spirit!