Like many people I love a good glass of wine. I am lucky to live near one of the worlds' top wine growing regions, in the Sonoma and Napa Valleys. Imagine my distress a few weeks ago when this area literally quite fire, with the destruction burning homes and wineries and other businesses to the ground.
However, this is an amen moment. One of my favorite wineries was threatened by the fires, BR Cohn in Glen Ellen. CalFire created a fire line right along the first rows of vines facing off with the live oak woodlands adjacent. The firefighters made a stand on the border, next to the first rows of vines, and fought back the fires with bulldozers, airdrops of retardant, and resolute land clearing. Charred live oaks attest to the destruction.
Yet at the winery, just yards away, everything is normalizing. The November olive festival drew hundreds, including me, where I showed French linens as a weekend vendor. Just on the other side of the winery, the olive groves glow with a new green, after our rains. Time for Thanksgiving. Raise a glass to the courage of our first responders. #SonomaStrong
Morgana was born in Les Lilas, France, and is now living in San Diego, California. Her mother lives in San Rafael, CA.