Natural Disasters

by | Feb 15, 2018

Bob Foley with BrianFour months after wildfires raged through California’s wine country, locals are determined to rebuild.

Robert Foley is a famous Napa Valley winemaker. He says while the area was badly hit people are moving forward.

“Recovery’s been very good. I would say that Napa didn’t take the shot as hard as Sonoma County did. We had a lot of acreage burnt here, but it was wildland. We did lose some structures, businesses, and some homes, but firefighting efforts here were very good. The fires hit Sonoma County and I’m talking about Santa Rosa… that complex hit there so fast—80 mile per hour winds… people couldn’t get out of the way.”

Just weeks before, hurricanes devastated the Caribbean and Puerto Rico. After seeing the damage, Foley and his wife Kelly decided to make a special wine called Hawksbill, and donate proceeds to hurricane relief.

That wine was in the tank when the wildfires started, burning just feet away. Fortunately the Hawksbill pinot noir rose was spared and the Foleys are selling it to raise one hundred thousand dollars for hurricane relief.

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CBS News Radio national business journalist Brian Banmiller has spent more than 40 years in the news industry, covering business, politics and the economy on television, radio and in print. Currently, his “Banmiller on Business” reports are delivered to an audience of millions nationwide.

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