Both have been tested as some of this year’s most destructive fires came dangerously close to the Napa Wine Region. Several fires have also burned near Paso Robles. Were still not out of the woods as drought conditions and warm temperatures continue reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.

Additionally, September is National Wine Awareness Month. Wine has become so vital to California, that it deserves a whole month.

There’s a lot of talk on the health benefits of wine, but before you crack open that bottle and toast to your good health, here is what the experts say.

Is wine fattening? Actually, researchers say they’ve found a compound in red wine and grapes that block immature fat cells’ ability to develop and grow.  “I can dispute that says Chief DiGiovanna. My fat cells seem to be maturing!”  There’s research on the heart health benefits of a daily glass (or two) of red wine, as they say wine lowers blood pressure. Now who checks their blood pressure when drinking wine?


The Greek physician Hippocrates considered wine a part of a healthy diet, and advocated its use as a disinfectant for wounds. I have several friends who are Hypocrites and could use some disinfecting from my life!

Some studies suggest that grape juice may provide some of the same heart benefits of red wine, including reducing the risk of blood clots, reducing so-called bad cholesterol, and preventing damage to blood vessels in the heart. “Grape juice or wine? That’s an easy one!”

My favorite spot for enjoying a great variety of wines is the Chateau at Lake La Quinta. Visit:

One thing is important – Always drink responsibly!

Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna