Sunday, August 24, 2014

Shake, rattle, but no roll.

Vinomaker and I had been saving this magnum of Havens, 2001 Syrah Napa Valley for more than a decade.  Not for any particular, special occasion, maybe just a nice dinner with friends who appreciate Syrah.  But as of 3.20 a.m. this morning, courtesy of a 6.0 earthquake, this 1.5 litre bottle of Syrah no longer exists.  Hate when that happens!  It was a very violent, shaking type of earthquake, and very noisy as everything was rattling.  Add to that the sounds of things falling from the walls, shelves and in the pantry.  When I opened the refrigerator this morning most of the contents fell on me.  It was very different from the rolling motion of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.  Things could be worse. 
Vinomaker, Vinodog 2 and I are unscathed.  And so are my visiting English family.  However the farmhouse in which they are staying, on the westside of the valley which was hardest hit, has took a real beating.  Thud is not even sure if they can stay there tonight; no power, no water, and a very unsafe chimney stack.  What a way to begin the last week of their holiday.
Vinoland fared much better.  The main water supply pipe to our well ruptured, but Vinomaker was able to turn the water off quickly before the cellar suffered major water damage.  We did not lose electrical service.  In total, just three bottles of wine broke.  Thankfully, all the barrels of our 2013 vintage stayed put on their barrel racks...phew! 
Clean up is complete, now everything is just drying out.  I'm definitely having a glass of wine with dinner tonight, perhaps something I have been saving - before Mother Nature disposes of another valued bottle of wine for me.

10 comments:

Dennis Tsiorbas said...

VG: So sorry to hear of all the calamity since my e-mail; I had NO idea just how bad things were.
Heavens made very good wines, but if I remember correctly they are no long.

Vinogirl said...

NHW: All my family peeps are OK, and very few people hurt overall, that's all that really matters.
Yes, Michael Havens sold the winery in 2006...always made a great Merlot.

Thomas said...

Glad everything is fine. Any after shocks?

phlegmfatale said...

Glad y'all are physically unscathed, if a little shaken. Life is short- eat dessert first, and drink the good stuff!

Do Bianchi said...

glad yall are okay... sending thoughts and wishes...

Vinogirl said...

Tomasso: The count, as of last night, before I went to bed, was 120 something. Only felt one of them.

Phlemmy: Yup, all good. Drank a bottle of wine with dinner last night that had fallen over, shattered the wax closure, but did not break. Seemed only fitting.

2B: Some of the English were a bit shocked at the power of the earthquake, but otherwise all OK.

Lord Roby said...

So long as the clan are in one piece.As me old Dad used to say 'Don't cry over spilt plonk!!'

Vinogirl said...

LR: The clan are fine. And compared to what didn't break, the spilt plonk was a mere drop in the wine-lake.

About Last Weekend said...

Wow, that sounds really scary! Glad to hear u did mot suffer any injueies!

Vinogirl said...

ALW: No, the only casualties around here were some bottles.