Good Morning Gentle Readers,
In a rude and unexpected surprise the impregnable fortress that wine lovers imagined they had discovered at Wines Central was consumed by an inferno that incinerated wine valued at 100 million dollars.
From the San Francisco Chronicle
Wines Central converted the old military fortress three years ago into a 240,000-square-foot specialty warehouse that stored more than 500,000 cases of rare vintages believed to be worth up to $100 million, officials said. Clients included wineries, private collectors and some other businesses.
The blaze could not be controlled by firefighters because the Mare Island building, a 1942 structure that once housed Navy torpedoes, had steel doors and 3-foot-thick concrete walls and a concrete roof that could not be penetrated.
In a page right from the Titanic, the building's virtues apparently precluded the installation of fire sprinklers. Ahh, 20/20 hindsight. Lots of that. And hand wringing in spades.
The Wine Commonsewer
tip of the glass to Mrs TWC