The horrifying images of fires ablaze, destroyed businesses and homes, and exhausted firefighters have left many of us here in the Pacific Northwest feeling heartbroken and helpless for our friends in the California wine community impacted by the Napa and Sonoma wildfires that have been raging for over a week. Then last night the Washington State wine industry came together to support the Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund, raising an estimated $15,000 for the cause.
In just three days, David LeClaire of Seattle Uncorked teamed up with area sommeliers to put together the October 16th event at the Factory Luxe in Seattle. Over twenty somms and local winemakers donated fantastic bottles from their own cellars to share with wine enthusiasts who made donations to the fund.
The impressive array of wines from around the world included extraordinary aged wines from Washington State by producers such as Betz Family Winery, Cadence Winery, and DeLille Cellars. Of course, special wines from Napa were featured as well. As the night progressed we enjoyed some Barolo, Amarone, Riesling, and special large format bottlings.
Big cheers to everyone in the Washington wine industry who opened their hearts and cellars, and gave their time to make the event such a success. Of course, many thanks those who came out to the event and contributed to the disaster relief fund. It’s incredible what people can do when they come together.
Next month I’ll be in Santa Rosa for the Wine Bloggers Conference. Check back for my updates on the recovery efforts in the region.
For those who were unable to personally attend but want to make a tax-deductible contribution to the fund please click here to make a gift directly to them.
October 18 update: David LeClaire indicated that people also wanted to donate to Sonoma relief efforts, so they were added into the mix. Donations for each region were about half and half, so both got good support! If you’d like to make a donation to the Sonoma County Reslience Fund click here.
Washington Sommeliers who helped:
Erik Allen Liedholm
Nick Karl Enoch Davis
While not all the businesses listed here are contributing as a business or organization, all of the following have someone who plays a significant role at that organization who is contributing from their personal cellars:
Armstrong Family Winery
Classical Wines of Spain
Columbia Tower Club
Columbia Winery Tasting
Elysian Brewing Company
Fielding Hills Winery
Happy Hour Radio
Long Shadows Vintners
Mount Si Winery
Robert Ramsay Cellars
Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar
Seattle Wine Awards
The Point Casino and Hotel
The Barrel Thief
Total Wine & More
Touring & Tasting
Unique Wine Company
Washington State Wine Commission
Washington Wine Blog / International Wine Report
William Grassie Wine Estates
Wine Lovin Women