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Fires again ravage a California wine
industry already reeling. ‘It’s very
heartbreaking’

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Posted By: voxpopuli, 9/30/2020 2:30:07 PM

The owners of the Castello di Amorosa winery spent $40 million re-creating a 13th century Tuscan castle in Napa Valley, replete with stone turrets and towers, and a small drawbridge. When the Glass fire hit Amorosa and other Napa wineries Sunday and Monday, it did little damage to the front of the castle. But it badly scorched the back building and heated up a stone wall on a processing facility where thousands of wine bottles were stored, many now ruined.   Climate change, which has been linked to much of California’s current apocalyptic wildfire season...

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"Climate change"... as long as they use THAT hoax as an excuse, i don't have a lot of hope or sympathy for the wine industry.. they should be suing Newsom, personally, for their losses..

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Reply 1 - Posted by: oldmagnolia 9/30/2020 2:34:56 PM (No. 557553)
Did it get to Pelosi's vineyards yet?
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Reply 2 - Posted by: DVC 9/30/2020 2:42:29 PM (No. 557562)
Hmm. $40 million and you can't put in any sort of a fire suppression sprinkler system? Seems to me that a couple of large water storage tanks and some sprinklers and pumps could put a ring of damp trees and undergrowth which would not burn. Climate change? California is largely a desert inland of the first 50 miles from the ocean or so.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Starboard_side 9/30/2020 2:50:29 PM (No. 557568)
The owner of a winery is nothing more than a rich farmer. As far as climate change, the goal's target date for achieving the reduction in greenhouse gases is the year 2100, or 80 years from now. Some urgency, huh? Heard the United States could eliminate ALL CO2 emissions, and it would only account for 0.02 degrees Celsius, of the 2.0 degree Celsius goal. Which means it will take most of the rest of the world, most of whom are still part of the Paris Accord, to make much more significant adjustments to their own CO2 emissions.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: earlybird 9/30/2020 2:59:23 PM (No. 557578)
Climate change. What rubbish. These fires go ‘way back. Mostly brush - very dry - and wind. And arsonists. Several bad ones involved downed main electrical wires. A few, dry lightning. Bad combination
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Reply 5 - Posted by: earlybird 9/30/2020 3:02:09 PM (No. 557580)
Dismissing vineyard/winery owners as only “rich farmers” indicates a lack of infomation about this particular kind of farming.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: jimincalif 9/30/2020 3:19:48 PM (No. 557591)
Have they blamed RBG's death on climate change yet? From a local TV news station in the area - Heavy dead and down fuels continue to threaten the fire line," Cal Fire said in its incident report. So again, lack of forest management clearing dead and highly flammable vegetation. Blame the Sierra Club and other extremist environmental groups. Virtually every Timber Harvest Plan is challenged in court, so nothing gets done. Until a wildfire comes along and does it for them. Also from the same article - The Glass Fire began Sunday as three fires that merged and drove into vineyards and mountain areas into eastern Santa Rosa. The fire's cause is under investigation. Three separate fires started in close proximity? Couldn't be arson, right? Must be climate change. California is broken.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: red1066 9/30/2020 3:20:24 PM (No. 557592)
CLIMATE CHANGE????? This idiot paper is blaming climate change for the fires? How about the dozen or so Biden voters setting the fires. Yes, lightning has caused some of the fires, but so have stupid people. Using fireworks at a gender reveal party when the ground is bone dry is not only stupid, it's criminal. The hills along the coast are nothing but dry grass. One careless smoker tossing a butt would send the whole area up in flames.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Proud Texan 9/30/2020 3:22:11 PM (No. 557595)
Anyone who speaks about someone being "only another rich farmer", needs to try farming for themselves. It would be a VERY rude awakening. Running a winery is completely different than most any other type of farming too.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Rather Read 9/30/2020 3:34:29 PM (No. 557609)
I live in Kentucky and we have some decent vineyards here. But we have bourbon! Last year I won a lottery for a bottle of 12 year old Pappy Van Winkle. Beat that wine!
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Reply 10 - Posted by: varkdriver 9/30/2020 4:07:39 PM (No. 557628)
You either manage the forest, or else gonna manage YOU!
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Reply 11 - Posted by: His_Highness 9/30/2020 4:33:29 PM (No. 557643)
I must be a meanie. I can find no tears to shed at the thought of at least two wineries going up in smoke -- those owned by the Pelosi's and the Newsom's. What Hollywood anti-Trumpers own wineries? Those are some more that I won't care if they burn to the ground.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: rockeysroomie 9/30/2020 4:46:33 PM (No. 557652)
The Los Angeles Times is the local newspaper paper here. They love Gavin and Nancy. They despise Trump. I wouldn't believe a word they print.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: Heraclitus 9/30/2020 4:51:34 PM (No. 557656)
The destruction is terrible. I'm guessing domestic as well as wild animals are dying horribly in the flames. I imagine having your house and everything, everything, reduced to ash. It makes me sad. Pray for rain. Pray that sound thinking people come to power, and the goofballs destroying this beautiful State ... ummmm... ummmm... go somewhere where they can do no more harm.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: caljeepgirl 9/30/2020 4:57:01 PM (No. 557659)
While it's true there are some wealthy 'gentlemen' vintners among the 'johnny-come-latelys' (the 'new castle-builders' if you will), many of these wineries are run by generations of families who can lose everything, like Mr. Tofanelli from the article.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: BarryNo 9/30/2020 5:20:24 PM (No. 557675)
Democrats at work, destroying people's lives while mouthing platitudes to the downtrodden and poison to anyone who disagrees.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: DVC 9/30/2020 6:07:06 PM (No. 557722)
I'm betting you can get a bang-up fire suppression system for $500,000. That would be 1 1/4 % of the construction cost of that place. Seems to me like it would have been a good investment. I'm thinking underground sprinker piping, pump with diesel or gas power, so not affected by Cali's unreliable grid, storage tank(s) and rainbird sprinkler heads, on raised pipes, if needed, so that they could wet down a couple of hundred feet of the perimiter for a few hours prior to the fire arriving. And sprinklers to keep the roof wet, too, to stop embers.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: DVC 9/30/2020 6:07:29 PM (No. 557723)
I can't help it, engineers see problems, and they think of solutions.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: DVC 9/30/2020 6:09:47 PM (No. 557725)
#13, in most fires the wild animals leave well in advance. Of course that doesn't mean that there are never areas which get fully surrounded before they can leave, but fires are natural, animals run away. Domestic animals.....may be penned or just unaware of what to do, too dependent. Probably not as many good outcomes there.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: smokincol 9/30/2020 8:50:59 PM (No. 557843)
doubt it if there are many Trump supporters in Napa county. most likely lots of gavin bum kissers though.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: heartsurgeon 9/30/2020 9:57:48 PM (No. 557872)
Blaming climate change distracts from the most immediate issue...what will be done now to mitigate fires next year. That's the question these buffoons need to be asking.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: Trigger2 10/1/2020 12:00:10 AM (No. 557967)
CA brought all their wildfires on themselves issuing laws the eco-terrorists wanted. They refuse to clear out brush and remove diseased and blow-downs. I don't feel sorry for them. They got what they voted for.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: hoosierblue 10/1/2020 8:21:58 AM (No. 558235)
Maybe, if Governor Nuisance had worked harder on clearing out the forests instead of wasting money on phony climate change theories this would not have happened.
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