Wouldn’t it be great if gallons of red wine were to flow to you freely? Well, a mishap of similar nature recently took place when a tank full of Cabernet Sauvignon popped open at a vineyard in Sonoma County and eventually leaked into the Russian River. Yes, that’s right!
On Wednesday, the accident that occurred at the Rodney Strong Vineyards in Healdsburg has caused almost 100k gallons (equivalent to 450,000 bottles) of quality red wine to flow astray. The leak occurred after a door near the bottom of a large blending tank popped open, releasing all the wine it was holding into a sanitary sewer system on the property.
The spillage is anticipated to hurt water quality in the 110-mile tributary flowing into the Pacific Ocean. The winery is deeply saddened by this and is currently conducting internal investigations to prevent further mishaps. Commenting on it – Rodney Strong spokesman Chris O’Gorman in a statement said – “We are deeply concerned and are doing everything in our power to protect our waterways.”
So far, the winery has diverted at least 50 percent of the wine from waterways and is continuing to work with the CA Department of Fish and Wildlife to clean up the riverbanks further. Well, no use crying over spilled milk(red wine), we say!