Good afternoon everyone! After a long day of prep for what could have been a disaster, last night, the wind didn't happen and it is quite chilly.
The worst is not over for northern California but I think Madrigal Family Winery can start to get back to business. All of our employees and their homes are ok, but many of our friends in our wine country community have suffered greatly and our thoughts and prayers are with all who have lost loved ones, homes and business and those who have been impacted by these devastating fires. We are so grateful for the firemen and emergency agencies risking their lives day and night to save our own.
Thank you for your outpouring of calls and messages of concern and support from our friends and wine club members from near and far. We are so touched by each and every one of them.
We wanted to let you know that as of now, the city of Calistoga is under mandatory evacuation but not the AVA so I am staying home at the winery until it is imperative that I leave.
The tasting room, facilities, vineyards, grapes, and wine stored in Napa in American Canyon is all fine so far. We are done with harvest and the winery team of Mark, Jorge, David, and Wilder have continued to show up during the fires and have saved the wines from disaster. They've had to figure new ways to get to the winery and have been am absolute rock to this winery. I really appreciate their unselfish commitment to us. Thank you! Melissa has even been evacuated twice and still has come in to make sure our office can run smoothly.
Our tasting room will re-open tomorrow for scheduled appointments and walk ins and Alejandro, Rose and the rest of our staff will take this day by day.
We hope that all our wine club members have received their October shipments and we hope you are enjoying them.
There are a lot of stories of tragedy from these fires, many of them personally connected to me and my family. Let's do what we can to help these victims in the coming days, weeks, months... Thanks for your patience and understanding during this difficult time.
Continued prayers for Calistoga, Napa, Sonoma and all the California counties dealing with these horrible fires.
Take care everyone, Cheers!