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San Francisco earthquake makes major impact on wine industry

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Sunday’s 6.0-magnitude earthquake rattled California’s wine country and industry. (Source: CNN) Sunday’s 6.0-magnitude earthquake rattled California’s wine country and industry. (Source: CNN)

NAPA VALLEY, CA (CNN) – Across the Napa Valley, forklifts recover wine barrels, and winemakers like Mike Drash are getting the first look at the damage.

In the cellar, barrel after barrel, entire stacks are precariously tilting, including Drash's 2012 vintage. Each barrel is worth between $10,000 and $24,000.

On the floor is white wine, but until he can get all the barrels out and see them, Drash just won't know what he's lost. It took him two years to go from grape to wine, now in the balance after the short, but powerful quake.

Drash isn't just a winemaker in Napa Valley – owns a historic home in downtown Napa that dates back to the 1800s.

How Drash recovers from all of this, as well as everyone in his neighborhood, is like everything in Napa – it comes down to the wine.

There is spotty damage across the city to what's already been bottled, like in Ahmet Coskun's wine storage room. He said has maybe 1,000 bottles lost from the earthquake.

Vineyards like Sebastiani Winery in Sonoma saw 19 of its wine tanks were damaged, but in many vineyards, like Cuvaison Winery, they're optimistic they can absorb this earthquake's damage, and it won't have a lasting impact on California's wines.

“It hurts, but we're in agriculture,” Jay Schuppert of Cuvaison Winery said. “We're dealing with these things vintage by vintage. We only have one shot at making wine every year, and then we move on. Mother Nature sometimes plays as role.”

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