It has been very gratifying for us to have heard from so many HFW supporters all over the world as the word of Sunday early morning’s 6.0 (or, depending on the source, 6.1) earthquake in northern California’s wine country made the world news. Thank you for all of the kind words of support and concern. I am extremely pleased to report that Hamel Family Wines was very fortunate and did not experience even the slightest bit of damage from the earthquake.
Our fulfillment center and storage partner happens to be located in American Canyon, the epicenter of this quake, and we believe that we dodged a bullet there as well, experiencing little or no loss of case goods or wine inventory. Several of our close friends were not so fortunate and while we feel blessed to have had such good fortune, our best wishes also go out to them as they assess the physical damage to their wineries and inventory (fortunately we do not know anyone who was injured in the quake). Three of our HFW colleagues live in Napa, and while they certainly felt the earthquake (as we did here in Sonoma Valley), they also escaped any lasting damage or harm.
We remain fully operational and open by appointment for visitors. John, Martha McClellan and our entire HFW winemaking team are hard at work preparing for the upcoming harvest and inaugural winemaking at our brand-spanking-new winery. We think that our sauvignon blanc is probably only a week or so away from being harvested, with our red wines not too far behind.
Without getting too philosophical, Sunday’s earthquake—the worst that Pam or I have personally experienced since moving to SF in 1996–is another very close-to-home reminder that this thing called life is quite tenuous—no one is guaranteed anything, and we are reminded not to take anything or anyone for granted. At HFW, we’re going to try to keep that front and center in our minds as we move forward into harvest and beyond.
Thank you again for all of your concerned inquiries, kind thoughts and supportive words. All of us at Hamel Family Wines remain appreciative of your loyal friendship and continued support. All my best.