Soda Rock Winery Vows To Rebuild After Kincade Fire

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November 27, 2019 - 4:06 pm
The historic Soda Rock Winery plans to rebuild after suffering serious damage in the October 2019 Kincade fire in Sonoma County.

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Cars driving through the Sonoma Valley will pass many signs while on the road. Some of them read “Thank you, first responders.”  That's an allusion to their work extinguishing the Kincade fire, which swept through the area last month, burning more than 77,000 acres and destroying 374 structures.

One of those properties that was badly burned was the Soda Rock Winery in the Alexander Valley.

“It is, it is going to rise from the ashes,” said Mark Dankowski, a Soda Rock employee. 

He says the plan is to rebuild, and maintain their distinctive rock wall. However, the construction likely won’t be complete for three years. 

Despite suffering major damage in the Kincade fire, the Soda Rock Winery remains opens for business in Sonoma County.
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The winery is still open for wine tasting, though, with a menu featuring their Soda Rock Cabernet 2015. 

“It’s supposed to have seductive spice notes, fused with aromas of dark berries and forest floor,” said Dankowski. “Layers of sumptuous, fresh picked blackberry and black currant, laced with vanilla oak.”

A message on the front page of the Soda Rock website, published during the fire, reads: “We thank you all for the outpouring of concern for our beloved winery.”