Thankfully the Kincade Fire is now fully contained and residents are returning to their homes and businesses. Our thoughts are with everyone who was affected by the far reaching displacement and destruction of the Kincade Fire, which was active for 13 days and burned over 77,000 acres. Two of our winery partners were close to this fire, and shared the following updates.
“The Kincade Fire is thankfully coming to an end. Evacuations orders have lifted and power is slowly being restored. A sense of normalcy has crept in. Now, no more lurid newscasts. I am eternally grateful to first responders, brave firefighters, and Cal Fire protecting lives with minimal damage to properties. After having a week full of nerves and delays of harvest, we can resume! Starting Friday, we will harvest Old Vine Cabernet and Cabernet Franc. We are VERY fortunate that the smoke from the fires was concentrated south of our Lyon Vineyard. We tested the grapes and they show NO trace of smoke taint. The desert-like, extremely low humidity is having an effect of fruit dehydration and, therefore, lower yields. This will drive this harvest to a more concentrated, fruit forward style." —Owner and Winemaker, Mark Lyon
"The Arroyo family needed to evacuate last week and the property lost power for three days. The fire came close but thankfully did not touch the property. It was an incredibly stressful week for them, as you can imagine. All the fruit had already been harvested, so there is no threat of smoke taint. So, all and all a positive picture, thank goodness! It is definitely nice to be back to normal."