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Wine Spectator: Firefighters Battle Sonoma Blaze While Wineries Wonder And Worry

October 29, 2019

The Kincade wildfire in Sonoma has grown to more than 74,000 acres, according to Cal Fire officials, with 123 structures destroyed. Favorable weather during the day yesterday allowed firefighters to increase containment to 15%, but additional evacuation warnings have been issued for parts of western Lake County.

Jackson Family Wines owns multiple properties in Sonoma, including several in the impacted areas. “Based on reports that we have received, we have sustained some damage to the barn and winery at the Field Stone Vineyard property on Highway 128, but the Vérité estate off Chalk Hill Road and Stonestreet winery in Alexander Valley remain structurally unharmed,” said Kristen Reitzell, vice president of public relations for Jackson Family. “While the area around all three properties was threatened by fire, we remain hopeful that there was minimal or no long-term damage to the vineyards.

“Safety has been our first priority and the company is not asking anyone to inspect these properties to assess the extent of the damage, if any, unless we feel it is safe,” she added. Wine Spectator continues to monitor the situation as it unfolds.

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