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napa sonomaBob Hunnicutt, a Sonoma resident in the wine trade there, has two recent posts (here and here) about the post-fire situation. Here are a few key points he makes:

— Most of the grapes had been harvested before the fires hit and only a small percentage of wineries and vineyards were directly affected by the fires.

— No one yet knows if grapes in the fermentation process were damaged by smoke or through neglect while people were unable to tend to them.

–With the exception of people who lost loved ones, homes and businesses, life is slowly returning to normal.

–Many tourists have canceled their plans to visit and there is concern that tourism will take a permanent hit.

The bottom line—if you plan to visit the Napa/Sonoma area there is no reason to forgo your plans, especially as the recovery picks up speed. If you don’t have plans to visit, maybe you should put it on your itinerary since tasting rooms are likely to be less crowded over the next few months.

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