The Napa earthquake got us thinking again about the “Big One.” The USGS says there is a 90% chance of an earthquake in Northern California of at least 7.5 magnitude within the next 30 years. How safe is your wine from the “Big One?”
How is your earthquake kit and preparedness? Do you have enough food and water to last a week? And like the cartoon, will your wine be safe in an earthquake, and will you have enough wine to get your nerves through at least a few days or weeks? In the Napa earthquake on Sunday, countless bottles of wine fell off shelves and shattered.
Wine, of course, is not the most important thing to worry about in earthquake protection, but you might as well put it on the list of things to check. My garage happens to be the safest place in my home. We recently had our garage rebuilt and the city had us put in a huge foundation, anchor bolts, brace bolts, rafter bolts, and so much more. With my wine cooler, I went one important step further. I anchored the unit to my wall studs. I have a considerable investment in my wine both in money and in nostalgia. I would hate for any of my special wines to be undrinkable from a fall or spoiled because of improper storage. Nothing is certain in a big quake; all you can do is prepare to the fullest.
So with the Napa earthquake fresh in mind, get that earthquake kit up-to-date and have a family plan for communication. Then fix that wine cellar of yours so you can sit back and toast to health and happiness when the big one hits. If you don’t have a wine cellar, maybe it’s time to jump up your wine hobby a few notches. Here is a link on a quick “How To” on aging and storing wine.
Thanks to cartoonist Tom Meyers for giving me permission to use his cartoon. Could that be Vintage Wine Taster Ray with the spilled wine?