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Wine Country Fires

We are so appreciative of all the thoughts, prayers and support we received during the North Bay fires. We are grateful that Benovia Winery and its vineyards are safe and undamaged. Fortunately, we harvested the last of our 2017 vintage before the fires began.

The fires remind us of what is important, and we are blessed that the Benovia team and their families are safe. At the same time, we're heartbroken that our community has suffered, including four members of our team, who lost their homes. For the near future, they and their families are securely housed in our vineyard cottages while they start the process of putting their lives back together. As a result, the cottages will not be available to members during this time.

Many of you have asked what you can do to help with the recovery effort. The three community organizations listed below are at work, and we hope you’ll consider supporting them in whatever way you can. Benovia Winery will match up to $100,000 of the total donations given by Benovians to these organizations, so be sure to reference Benovia Winery when making your donation.

Redwood Credit Union North Bay Fire Relief Fund – Short and mid-term relief for fire victims.

Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation – Supporting the region’s agricultural workers impacted by the fires.

Sonoma County Community Foundation Resilience Fund – Mid to long-term support for recovery and rebuilding efforts.

How else can you help? Come visit us! We, and most local wineries, restaurants and shops are open for business. Between now and the end of December, Benovia will waive tasting fees for guests and will donate $50 to relief efforts for each appointment made at the winery. Call (707) 921-1040 or click here to set up an appointment. We can also schedule tastings at neighboring wineries, and suggest great restaurants, and places for you to stay.

Don't forget our events! Benovia's "Bubbles and Bites Series" is scheduled for the 4th Friday of each month through December 2017, from 3pm-6pm. Also, our Fall Release party is November 11th, 11am-3:00 pm. RSVP to nicolek@benovia.com if you are interested in joining us for these events.

Another way to help Benovia and our neighboring wineries is to enjoy wines from Northern California while dining and purchase Northern California wines if you plan to shop online. Santa Rosa is truly an amazing community, and we are fortunate to be a part of it. We are confident that with your continued support our community will rebuild and come back stronger than ever.

With heartfelt appreciation,

Mary, Joe and Mike

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