Tank bolt fails, causing 7,500 gallons of wine to spill

2013-06-04T16:19:00Z Tank bolt fails, causing 7,500 gallons of wine to spillRegister staff Napa Valley Register
June 04, 2013 4:19 pm  • 

A winery worker suffered minor injuries Tuesday morning at a warehouse on Kirkland Ranch Road in south Napa County after the bolt of a 7,500-gallon steel tank filled with red wine failed, according to CalFire/Napa County Fire.

An employee was injured at about 1:25 p.m. at Jameson Canyon Ranch/Reata Winery when the lower door of the steel tank burst open after the bolt ruptured, causing the wine to spill, according to CalFire/Napa County Fire.

The injured worker was transported by American Medical Response ambulance to Queen of the Valley Medical Center with complaints of back pain, Battalion Chief Barry Biermann said.

The red wine ran into the winery’s storm drain and also flowed outside the warehouse. Firefighters built a dirt dike to direct hundreds of gallons of wine into a culvert on the property and away from a creek, according to CalFire/Napa County Fire. No wine left the property, Biermann said.

A truck equipped with a vacuum will pump the wine away, he said.

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  1. funnyme
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    funnyme - June 04, 2013 4:34 pm
    How awful!
  2. howiseeit
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    howiseeit - June 05, 2013 1:36 pm
    Thanks for the story. Going to put this in all my cellar staff's mailboxes to have them double check their work on their wine tanks.
  3. timmcdonald
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    timmcdonald - June 05, 2013 11:48 pm
    Considering how many millions of gallons are moved, stored and made every year, the good news id that this type of incident happens quite rarely and luckily in this case a fairly happy ending for all.
    It could have been awful, but wasn't because safety is still #1 in CA wineries.
  4. MICHAEL P WILSON
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    MICHAEL P WILSON - June 06, 2013 10:42 am
    Same Company that made the Bay Bridge Bolts?
  5. glenroy
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    glenroy - June 10, 2013 8:10 am
    LOL....probably Mao bolts...

    The fees could be massive here...the county is very dependant of exploting real and imagined violations...mostly imagined.

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