Napa Valley earthquake causes devastating loss of wine

There'll be no toasting tonight.


Miles Klee


Published Aug 24, 2014   Updated May 30, 2021, 5:31 pm CDT

The 6.0 magnitude earthquake that rocked Napa County early this morning was the strongest the San Francisco Bay Area has felt since the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989. And despite some reported injuries and property damage, it looks as if a disproportionate number of victims were the premium wines for which the region is famous.

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This is what happens when an #earthquake hits wine country. via @DavidSilverOak

— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) August 24, 2014

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In #Napa, even Walmart sells wine. With a better selection, it seems, than many East Coast liquor stores. #earthquake

— Freda Moon (@fredamoon) August 24, 2014

Hope west coast friends are ok. Looks like wine price will go up. #earthquake #napaquake

— Bryan Clagett (@Clagett) August 24, 2014

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One of the biggest casualties of Wine Country Earthquake, of course, is all the wine (via

— Mike Rosenberg (@RosenbergMerc) August 24, 2014

#SFearthquake bad news for wine stores at epicenter (Napa / American Canyon)

— Chris Williams (@diodesign) August 24, 2014

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Wine losses appeared to far outweigh those of a March quake near Los Angeles:

LA Earthquake hits Trader Joe’s #wine section. Losses upwards to $12

— Kris Chislett (@krischislett) April 1, 2014

Local beers, perhaps more robust than your average Zinfandel, were just fine. “Earthquake just 20 miles East!” read an Instagram post from Moylan’s Brewing Company in Novato, Calif. “Not one beer can fell from the rafters!”

But don’t you fret, oenophiles—in just a couple of years you’ll be sipping a vintage 2014 earthquake Cabernet Sauvignon. What? OK, I guess that’s already a thing:

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Michael David Earthquake Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Lodi big fruit, cherry bomb, plum, cassis, oak; subdued tannin #wine

— Gus Clemens (@gusclemens) August 16, 2014

There’s nothing finer to drink when you’re hiding underneath a desk.

Photo by Dhinakaran Gajavarathan/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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*First Published: Aug 24, 2014, 10:58 am CDT