As you know, California has experienced devastating wildfires over the course of just a few short months. The effect on the families and wine regions of these areas will be cataclysmic.
As a response, Patrick Cappiello, Pax Mahle & Sara Morgenstern established the Winemakers & Sommeliers for California Wildfire Relief (WSCWR) group. The goal is to rally wine professionals and wine lovers everywhere to support those affected by these terrible fires.
WSCWR began by hosting three events in late October in partnership with CA Wine Strong, Undocufund, Redwood Credit Union North Bay Fire Relief and Napa Valley Community Foundation to benefit those in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Yuba counties affected by wildfires. Those events have raised over $100,000 of which 100% of all proceeds will benefit wildfire victims. Beginning in 2018 WSCWR has also added United Way of Ventura County to the list of donation recipients in order to further aid Southern California relief efforts.
Since then many winemakers, restauranteurs, chefs, sommeliers and wine collectors have started hosting events all over the country. Please check out our events page to see a listing of past and future fundraisers.
Please spread the word among as many wine collectors, enthusiasts, winemakers, and sommeliers as you can.
Thank you and please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions. We hope to see you soon!
Patrick, Pax, Sara