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Earthquake In Napa Affects Local Winery Sales

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 ZILLAH, WA.- Earlier this week California's Napa wine country was hit with a 6.0 earthquake.

  Wineries throughout the area took a huge hit and they're dealing with significant property damage and lost sales. The earthquake is expected to drastically affect the wine market in California.

KNDO spoke with owners of Bonair Winery in Zillah about what they're expecting to see in the coming months as far as local wine exports and sales.

"I don't think it's going to effect the market that much because there is a lot of wine in the market place right now," Bonair Winery owner Gail Puryear told us.

Puryear told us that much of the lost wine in Napa was 2012 vintage, which isn't bottled until 2015.

He said this amount of time in between completing the wines would give wineries enough time to juggle inventory and not make a mess of the market. However not everyone in Yakima Valley feels this way, the manager at Hyatt Winery told me she's expecting to see business that would have gone to Napa come to this area instead.

"If they can grab enough wine from other places up here they will come here the rate isn't all that much different than going down to Sonoma," said Hyatt Winery manager Carrie Curtin.

But managers at Hyatt told me the earthquake has also been stressful for wineries in the area.

Hyatt and many other local vineyards have warehouses in Napa Valley, so many have lost wine and money since the earthquake.

"At this point our warehouse closed so I'm not selling any wine right now out of California because of this earthquake," Curtin told us.

Local owners tell me it's going to be an exciting and stressful process waiting to see what this earthquake does to the market. But for many their top priority is to make sure they'll be able to sell from California come harvest season and the wines they store there aren't completely destroyed.

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