A serious mood will prevail over Napa Valley vintners as California's 10th annual Wine Month kicks off Labor Day weekend. The 6.0 magnitude quake struck just as the annual grape harvests got underway and damage reports of the number of smashed bottles and ruined barrels of wine will continue filtering in.
Sebastiani Vineyards and Winery in Sonoma reported the quake damaged 14 tanks of red and white wines. Biagi Bros. lost 1,120 cases of wine out of 3.5 million cases stored at the facility.
Despite the heartbreak for many wineries, more than 100 wine-related events will begin in the state on Labor Day weekend and run during September.
In Southern California, Paramount Pictures Studios will host the Los Angeles Times The Taste, where top wineries, restaurants and other purveyors share samplings of great wine and food. The event takes place August 29-31.
On September 13 in Temecula, enjoy California wines at CRUSH: Temecula Valley Wine & Culinary Showcase, a multi-winery harvest festival with wine, food and live music. Click on the Wine Institute web site for a full listing of events.
The month recognizes how the wine industry has grown in California and the importance of the region to the global industry. Here's a look at the California wine industry by the numbers:
- 330,000 Californians are employed in the wine industry
- 90% of all U.S. wine and is the world’s 4th leading wine producer after France, Italy and Spain.
- Three of every five bottles sold in the U.S. is a California wine
- 20.7 tourists visit California wine regions and spend about $ 2.1 billion during their travels
- 49 of 58 counties in California grow winegrapes
Interested in working in the wine industry? Jobs are available from temporary help at harvest to consulting and accounting. Positions are kept up-to-date at Winejobs.com and include tasting room associate, trade relations coordinator, and sales representative.
Take a moment in September and enjoy some of what the wine industry in California has to offer. Despite the quake striking the heart of Napa Valley, the industry remains robust.