Napa quake registers 6.0

An area south of Napa was the center of a big earthquake overnight. The 6.0 quake, the biggest in the Bay Area in 25 years, shook wine barrels and bottles off of shelves and onto the ground. What the damage is remains to be seen; we hope that it is fixable and that the barrels bounced and weren’t broken.

Here are some pictures from Twitter of the Napa quake (#napaquake is a common tag):

Steve and Jill Matthiasson, whose wines are a popular choice among wine geeks, posted this dreadful picture, saying “Will be barrel pickup sticks #napaearthquake.” He also posted a picture of severe damage to their house. It is is “not a wipeout,” Matthiasson commented. Thankfully!
napa quake barrels

And this from Silver Oak:
napa quake silver oak

This from the wine aisle at a local store:
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And, at least some were making the most of the bad situation, as seen in this photo by @nbcbayarea photog Jeremy Carroll:
napa quake skateboard

Carole Meredith posted a picture of barrels on the floor at Napa Barrel Care (though it has since been deleted). She commented to Jon Bonné over at SFgate that “We’re physically fine but we’re emotionally shell-shocked. It’s just devastating.”

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3 Responses to “Napa quake registers 6.0”


  1. How scary. Can you get earthquake insurance in California?


  2. Robin- good question. Here’s an answer from the NYT story on the quake:

    Richard Ward, Saintsbury’s 64-year-old co-founder, said the company has earthquake insurance, but, this being California, there is a $100,000 deductible, and he estimates the damage is in the $50,000 range. “We’ll just absorb it,” Mr. Ward said.


  3. […] of the people affected by the earthquake in Napa and Sonoma in California. Wine Spectator and Dr. Vino cover some of the damage to wineries, but as is always the case with natural disasters, it takes a […]


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