Northern California vineyard spills nearly 100,000 gallons of red wine

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Posted at 10:49 AM, Jan 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-24 13:49:40-05

(AP) -- Nearly 100,000 gallons of red wine spilled from a tank at a vineyard in Sonoma County and eventually leaked into the Russian River.

The Press Democrat reported the cabernet sauvignon -- enough to fill eight large tanker trucks -- spilled at the Rodney Strong Vineyards in Healdsburg Wednesday after a door near the bottom of a large blending tank popped open.

The wine went into a sanitary sewer system on the property, to a drainage ditch that feeds into Reiman Creek and eventually to the Russian River, affecting water quality in the 110-mile tributary flowing into the Pacific Ocean.

According to the Press Democrat, water quality officials and fish and wildlife officials are investigating the incident.