Givich Vineyards Stronger than Ever After the Fire
On October 12, 2005, a fire broke out at Wines Central, a storage facility in Vallejo, California. The blaze caused an astounding $100 million in damage and decimated the inventory of 82 California wineries, both large and small.
Mark Anderson has been charged with arson in connection with the blaze. When the fire was set, Anderson was on trial in Marin County for embezzlement. He allegedly stole wine from his clients and then set the fire to cover up his tracks.
Special Agent Nina Delgadillo from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said that an investigation found, “sufficient (physical) evidence to tell us that this was an intentionally set fire. … We are vigorously pursuing the person or persons who caused this.”
Givich Vineyards was one of several boutique wineries that were affected by this devastating fire. Although owner Ken Givich lost all of his saleable merchandise, he has bounced back stronger than ever with his new releases. These include the 2004 El Dorado County Cabernet Sauvignon, 2004 El Dorado County Petite Syrah, 2004 El Dorado County Zinfandel and 2005 Napa Valley Chardonnay.
Established in 2000, Givich Vineyards is based in Napa Valley and also purchases grapes from the Sierra Foothills. Mr. Givich ages each of his wines in small oak barrels for 20-24 months. He has received many accolades over the years, including being honored at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, Grand Harvest Awards and Marin-Sonoma County Fair Competition.