Yes, it’s true that we are experiencing a drought here in California, although it would be hella hard to believe sometimes, especially north of the bay. The Napa River and Russian River (and their associated creeks) are susceptible to flooding in the winter, and vineyards’ hard, rocky soil does not absorb water the way other types of soil would. As I’ve mentioned before, we would never let a little flooding, earthquake, or any other natural disaster get in the way of bringing our adventures to you, so a couple weeks ago, we were up in Sonoma visiting a few of our main haunts, and we got to see some hella serious vineyard and river flooding!
The Russian River was at least 3 feet deeper than usual; the fishing spot that is so popular under the Wohler Road bridge was hella submerged, no one fishing out there this time! Parts of the smaller roads had been washed out, there were some downed tree branches, the works. Apparently, though, the vines are not hurt by being flooded for as much as a month during their winter dormant phase, and as long as they get dried out by the time they’re ready for spring growing season, no harm no foul. Amazing to see how despite our attempts to control it, nature does what it wants, yo.