As many of our winery friends and fans know we lost our home and almost lost our lives in the Tubbs Fire one year ago today. Our home was about 6 miles from the Lauterbach Cellars. We escaped to the winery where we stored our RV. The next day a dear friend offered us his RV so Barb and I had a home and our 21 year old son had our RV.
Our portable wicking beds
Now, a year after the Tubbs Fire, we have an encampment at the winery. A pool house (no pool was ever built), used as a wine lab and case good storage has been converted to a guest room with a full bath. A storage area above the winery has become our office. We have planted a garden in horse troughs, made into wicking beds which we can move to our house in the future. We have returned our friends trailer and purchased a really nice one to make a home for the next year as we rebuild our house.
They say “keep some money in a safe for the earthquake when the ATM’s don’t work”. Here’s a thousand dollars.
We reflect on this and all of the good fortune that we have, a year from the fire we look on the bright side of it all. We are alive! We had a place to escape to, where so many got into their cars in the middle of the night with no place to go. We are living in a beautiful place on a 15 acre vineyard. We are right next to the winery, where we can make wine with our just harvested pinot, and some syrah we are hoping to make into a sparkling. We can almost always make an appointment for a tasting.
We are among the most fortunate of the survivors of that terrible fire storm, the Tubbs Fire. We are looking to the future and are moving on.