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(Washington Post)   Nearly a billion dollars worth of wine spilled on Napa Valley floors during the recent earthquake. With horrible carnage photos   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 107
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2014-08-25 06:15:13 AM  
It would behoove winemakers in earthquake country to better secure their stock so this doesn't happen.
 
2014-08-25 06:48:52 AM  
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2014-08-25 07:20:17 AM  
If they weren't too uppity to put their wine in boxes this could have been avoided.
 
2014-08-25 07:27:26 AM  
Get to the store now!
 
2014-08-25 07:28:43 AM  
Who knew they could have earthquakes in a valley surrounded by extinct volcanoes?

/I mean... that kind of thing should have all gotten shook out long ago
 
2014-08-25 07:34:00 AM  
I've noticed an absence of looters but perhaps it's too soon.
Bottles of fine olive oil are also strewn about.
 
2014-08-25 08:13:11 AM  
Stop whining.
 
2014-08-25 08:23:57 AM  
Shaken not stirred
 
2014-08-25 08:24:21 AM  
That would be about 500,000,000 bottles of Thunderbird.
 
2014-08-25 08:24:50 AM  

doglover: That would be about 500,000,000 bottles of Thunderbird.


Or 2 of Screaming Eagle.
 
2014-08-25 08:26:31 AM  
Not spilled wine!

This is, indeed, a tragedy.
 
2014-08-25 08:26:31 AM  
Wow, that's a lot of bung holes to be plugged.
 
2014-08-25 08:27:30 AM  
If only it were blood!
 
2014-08-25 08:30:47 AM  
As long as the Boone's Farm supply is okay!
 
2014-08-25 08:32:28 AM  

Fano: If only it were blood!


Uh, what?
 
2014-08-25 08:33:40 AM  
You're in California and a piddlin' 6 has caused this much damage? Just because things seem slow doesn't mean that you can slack off anywhere west of the continental divide. The pacific plate is still shoving crust up into the mountains.

Also, that first pic, wouldn't those shelves have worked better upside down, so they'd have a curb to keep bottles on the shelf.
 
2014-08-25 08:34:15 AM  
Everything has gone Sideways.
 
2014-08-25 08:37:36 AM  

check republic: Fano: If only it were blood!

Uh, what?


Another remake of The Shining?

/someone's gonna take a bath
johnrieber.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-08-25 08:38:16 AM  
So some bottles went Sideways, guess they were Merlot?
 
2014-08-25 08:38:49 AM  

flamark: Wow, that's a lot of bung holes to be plugged.


upload.wikimedia.org

Just the man for the job
 
2014-08-25 08:40:32 AM  
At Dahl Vineyards in Yountville, Calif., a barrel containing $16,000 worth of pinot noir smashed to the ground

Something doesn't add up. All the pinot noir in the universe isn't worth $16,000
 
2014-08-25 08:40:39 AM  
Spill the wine, dig that girl.
 
2014-08-25 08:41:10 AM  

check republic: Fano: If only it were blood!

Uh, what?


I left out the setup for the old joke: "A wino is crossing the street and is hit by a car. Laying dazed on the ground, he touches himself to find something red on his fingers. PLEASE let it be blood, the wino cries."
 
2014-08-25 08:43:21 AM  

PiledHIgher: So some bottles went Sideways, guess they were Merlot?


I'm not drinking the f*cking merlot!
 
2014-08-25 08:43:46 AM  

JoieD'Zen: If they weren't too uppity to put their wine in boxes this could have been avoided.


Waiting for the legendary "wine in boxes" trifecta, I see
 
2014-08-25 08:48:03 AM  
Yes, Mr. Insurance Adjuster, billions of my wine-dollars are ruined!
 
2014-08-25 08:48:29 AM  

Fano: check republic: Fano: If only it were blood!

Uh, what?

I left out the setup for the old joke: "A wino is crossing the street and is hit by a car. Laying dazed on the ground, he touches himself to find something red on his fingers. PLEASE let it be blood, the wino cries."


Ah, thanks for the explanation.  I had a completely different thought regarding your post, but I can't elaborate due to the new rules.
 
2014-08-25 08:50:14 AM  

flucto: At Dahl Vineyards in Yountville, Calif., a barrel containing $16,000 worth of pinot noir smashed to the ground

Something doesn't add up. All the pinot noir in the universe isn't worth $16,000


I am sure that was reported in case the insurance company was watching
 
2014-08-25 08:51:47 AM  
It's a good time to be a beer drinker.
 
2014-08-25 08:54:04 AM  
On the plus side, all the reds were already ruined by spending too much time in smoked oak barrels, so the loss is mostly to the whites.
 
2014-08-25 08:56:10 AM  
Well, shiat!
cdn2-b.examiner.com
 
2014-08-25 08:57:41 AM  
Methinks the adjusters might have some questions about this... "estimate."
 
2014-08-25 09:03:19 AM  

JoieD'Zen: If they weren't too uppity to put their wine in boxes this could have been avoided.


OMG, girl, brilliant! I am still LOL-ing!
 
2014-08-25 09:04:12 AM  
A majority of these wineries didn't purchase earthquake insurance because they hadn't had an earthquake in a while. Now they are seeking federal and state help because of their idiocy. Yes, they want tax dollars because they failed to have insurance.
 
2014-08-25 09:06:33 AM  

wildcardjack: You're in California and a piddlin' 6 has caused this much damage? Just because things seem slow doesn't mean that you can slack off anywhere west of the continental divide. The pacific plate is still shoving crust up into the mountains.

Also, that first pic, wouldn't those shelves have worked better upside down, so they'd have a curb to keep bottles on the shelf.


Magnitude 6 but only 11km deep and epicentered in a populated area. The shallower the quake, the more damaging it can be, especially at or near the epicenter.
 
2014-08-25 09:07:50 AM  
Ok, in retrospect, I have to admit that this story instils no trust in bag-in-box wine, and it doesn't seem like the smartest purchase from this area anytime soon! ;-))
 
2014-08-25 09:11:46 AM  

MyRandomName: A majority of these wineries didn't purchase earthquake insurance because they hadn't had an earthquake in a while. Now they are seeking federal and state help because of their idiocy. Yes, they want tax dollars because they failed to have insurance.


Forcing them to purchase insurance would be soshulizms.

It's not like wine grows on trees you know!
 
2014-08-25 09:16:56 AM  

Jim.Casy: MyRandomName: A majority of these wineries didn't purchase earthquake insurance because they hadn't had an earthquake in a while. Now they are seeking federal and state help because of their idiocy. Yes, they want tax dollars because they failed to have insurance.

Forcing them to purchase insurance would be soshulizms.

It's not like wine grows on trees you know!


Insurance is a voluntary contract.... socialism has nothing to do with it.

Not sure if you are digging at capitalism or anti capitalism...
 
2014-08-25 09:18:20 AM  

Whiskey Dickens: Yes, Mr. Insurance Adjuster, billions of my wine-dollars are ruined!


At least it wasn't coconut dollars.

DNRTFA but the radio estimated total damage (houses etc.) from the earthquake to be a billion dollars.  The wine damage would only be a fraction of that.

I wonder though how you value a wine that is 0-2 years old but might be worth $50 a bottle in 10 years.  I bet It's current value and any hypothetical to value isn't the insurance company's issue.  $2 a bottle.
 
2014-08-25 09:28:41 AM  

TheGogmagog: Whiskey Dickens: Yes, Mr. Insurance Adjuster, billions of my wine-dollars are ruined!

At least it wasn't coconut dollars.

DNRTFA but the radio estimated total damage (houses etc.) from the earthquake to be a billion dollars.  The wine damage would only be a fraction of that.

I wonder though how you value a wine that is 0-2 years old but might be worth $50 a bottle in 10 years.  I bet It's current value and any hypothetical to value isn't the insurance company's issue.  $2 a bottle.


The insurance value of the wine as it ages is all dependent on how much someone wants to pay to insure it - you can insure the $2 bottle at a stated $50 value, but your insurance premiums will be much higher.
 
2014-08-25 09:30:15 AM  

MyRandomName: A majority of these wineries didn't purchase earthquake insurance because they hadn't had an earthquake in a while earthquake insurance in California is prohibitively expensive or simply unavailable.


My parents, who practically lost almost everything but the house in the quake, are simply unable to get quake insurance. I wouldn't imagine it's very much different for a business that has a significantly higher level of assets.
 
2014-08-25 09:35:15 AM  
Today I am starting the wine bucket challenge. You either have to drink a bottle of wine or donate $10 to the
oenophile rescue fund
 
2014-08-25 09:37:28 AM  

JayCab: My parents, who practically lost almost everything but the house in the quake, are simply unable to get quake insurance. I wouldn't imagine it's very much different for a business that has a significantly higher level of assets.


Unable, as in "no company will offer them coverage, even at exorbitant rates" or "the rates are so exorbitant across the board that we are unable to afford it"?

No snark, curious how this works in disaster country
 
2014-08-25 09:39:13 AM  
I bet the Wi-Fi is out.
 
2014-08-25 09:41:31 AM  
Did they not soak their corks long enough?
 
2014-08-25 09:43:43 AM  
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2014-08-25 09:47:09 AM  
The earthquake was obviously caused by destabilization of the fault due to the rapid depletion of the aquifer by billions of people in the US doing the ice bucket challenge.
 
2014-08-25 09:50:36 AM  

JoieD'Zen: If they weren't too uppity to put their wine in boxes this could have been avoided.


If they weren't too uppity to put their grape juice in plastic bottles and sell it in stores instead of letting it ferment, this could have been avoided.
 
2014-08-25 09:52:40 AM  

JayCab: My parents, who practically lost almost everything but the house in the quake, are simply unable to get quake insurance. I wouldn't imagine it's very much different for a business that has a significantly higher level of assets.


It's not that you can't get it, it's just that it's so expensive that a years worth of premiums is probably more than you will ever need to have covered unless your entire house collapses (after the really, really high deductible, like $15k to $20k as opposed to a regular homeowners policy of ~$500). Then there are disputes over what areas are more prone to damage than the others. For example I knew a lady whose house (built in the 1920's or 30's) was firmly on bedrock and had survived Loma Prieta with barely a cracked wall or broken dish but the insurance company insisted that she was on sand (she was about 2 blocks away from being on sand, the inner sunset has rocky hills on the outskirts and she was on one of those hills) and wanted some outrageous premium and a $15k deductible. She decided to not get the insurance.

The truth is that the insurance companies don't want to take on earthquake policies in earthquake country (the state makes them offer it but it's expensive as hell) and make it financially impossible to justify buying it for the average homeowner. They won't even add it as a rider, it has to be a separate policy.
 
2014-08-25 09:53:18 AM  
Guess there is nothing left to do but to lay down and rest in a nice tall field of Mexican grass and dream.
 
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