On Sunday, it’s time to come together to drink and eat in support of the folks impacted by the California fires. Join us for some amazing wines and charcuterie and cheese from Michael Schwartz Events with the contributions of so many more generous restaurants and wine purveyors at Wolfe’s Wine Shoppe for 100% FROM THE 305 from 1-4PM. The event is a 100% donation to the Napa Valley Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund. To support and attend make a $100 pledge here bring or email Jeffrey@wolfeswines.com your donation receipt. Alternatively, bring a check made out to the Napa Valley Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund the day of the event.
“Signorello burnt down,” sommelier and Director of Partnership Operations Eric Larkee says. “That’s a winery we have had on the list at Michael’s Genuine® in the past, their Cab. Napa seems to be really hit hard. lt could be 7-8 years for them to produce wines from their own vineyards again… for it to be in the bottle, in the restaurant. That’s as bad as it gets. Total loss, including the cellar.”
He explains the possibilities for damage — how enormous and varied they can be. Consider Cabernet Sauvignon, the bigger styles, where grapes are harvested later. Many may still be out in the fields. Then there is the loss of control over fermentation tanks in wineries that lost power. Smoke taint is the silent killer, especially with Pinot and Chardonnay, something revealed by the Anderson Valley fires a couple of years ago.
“It won’t show until it’s in the bottle,” he continues. “The wine could taste like an ash tray when you pop the cork. Or it could be gorgeous. I could get more wonky here with the chemistry at play.”
So how does this affect supply? The 2017 vintage could be non-existent or very limited for Napa and Sonoma. But this doesn’t mean prices will skyrocket. Larkee explains it’s not a pure supply and demand thing, which begins to make sense.
“You’re not going to raise prices for something that isn’t good. And It could entirely not effect us at all at the restaurants,” he says. “Vineyard damage is actually limited, and what is at the wineries are more collection items. It will be about 2-4 years before we will see what’s really going on and the collateral damage.”
Sunday’s event is a time to come together and celebrate what we love about these wines and why we need to do something to help. And there are so many ways. There will be a silent auction of high end California wines, as well as a grab wine pull for $25 a bag. All the wines offered at the event will be for sale or order with proceeds going to the Fund, as well. TGHG sommelier and beverage Manager Amanda Fraga along with other amazing Miami somms Daniel Toral and Brian Grandison will be keeping your glasses full of California wine from Wolfe’s distributor partners Florida Wine Co., Artisanal, Progress, and Stacole Fine Wines and Breakthru/Augustan, and you’ll have a Riedel glass to take home.