Wine Spill Threatens Russian River

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January 23, 2020 - 12:19 pm
Cabernet sauvignon wine.

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Officials are monitoring the Russian River after 97,000 gallons of wine leaked from a tank at the Rodney Strong Vineyards into the waters.

Cabernet sauvignon poured into a sewer system Wednesday afternoon, because a door to a blending tank popped open, a Rodney Strong spokesman told the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.

The wine spilled into a drainage ditch in Healdsburg that feeds into a creek, which ultimately flows into the Russian River. 

The winery said it's conducting an investigation and cooperating with authorities. 

State officials said the wine could affect water quality along the 110-mile tributary before it reaches the Pacific Ocean.