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Could the Napa earthquake make wines more expensive?




A worker stacks cases of Charles Shaw wine at the Bronco Wine Company facility in Napa, Calif., Tuesday, April 17, 2007.
A worker stacks cases of Charles Shaw wine at the Bronco Wine Company facility in Napa, Calif., Tuesday, April 17, 2007.
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Business is now getting back to normal in Napa Valley after the magnitude 6.0 earthquake this weekend. Wineries and wine shops are still assessing the damage and the costs, raising the question: Could those costs be passed on to consumers in the form of higher wine prices? 

W. Blake Gray, California editor of the online wine magazine Wine Searcher, says that while the earthquake was a catastrophe for some individual wineries, it's unlikely to have much of an impact on the overall wine market because it happened at a very fortunate time in the harvesting season.