Wine leak at Sonoma County vine­yard spills into river

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A vat con­tain­ing 367,000 litres (97,000 gal­lons) of Caber­net Sauvi­gnon wine burst open at Rod­ney Strong Vine­yards in Sonoma County, spilling its con­tents into the nearby Rus­sian River.

A quan­tity of wine said to be be­tween 174,000-363,000 litres es­caped into lo­cal wa­ter­ways, ac­cord­ing to the in­ci­dent re­port is­sued by the Cal­i­for­nia Gov­er­nor’s Of­fice of Emer­gency Ser­vices.

But Chris O’Gorman, Rod­ney Strong’s spokesper­son, told the San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle that win­ery staff di­verted half of the spillage, adding that they no­ti­fied au­thor­i­ties im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing the ‘ap­par­ent me­chan­i­cal fail­ure’.

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