Danica Patrick Reflects on Her Vineyard Being Destroyed by California Wildfires

by Matthew Wilson
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Former race car driver Danica Patrick spoke out on the devastating California wildfires. For Patrick, the fires hit close to home. A fire burned through and scorched her wine vineyard, Somnium Wine.

On Twitter, Patrick wrote of the damage in the area, “It’s so sad. So many amazing places and vineyards gone. It’s unbelievable how much damage has been done. I have already asked if that trademark tree is still standing at Somnium.”

Danica Patrick surveyed the damage at her vineyard.

Later on Instagram, Patrick discussed the Glass Fire that came through and burned her property. She shared images at Somnium a decade ago and the current state of the vineyard. The fire had turned rows of plants into nothing but ash. The race car driver said recovery will be a long process.

“I finally cried this morning at the idea that something I have spent so much time, money, effort, passion, patience, and did I mention money, on…. could just be gone,” she said. “The dirt is still there. But it’s almost impossible to get insurance because of how many fires have come through. Thanks a lot for that. So it will require the next level of all of those things I have already invested.”

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I have been thinking a lot about what the lesson is in the fire that came through my property last night. • I finally cried this morning at the idea that something I have spent so much time, money, effort, passion, patience, and did I mention money, on….. could just be gone. The dirt is still there but it’s almost impossible to get insurance because of how many fires have come through. Thanks a lot for that. So it will require the next level of all of those things I have already invested. • Then I stopped…… and thought, tonight I am going to bring a shit ton of Somnium over to my friends house and honor what the project ACTUALLY stands for in my heart….. and that’s to connect. To sit at the table with loved ones and share life with each other. No phones (unless you need to capture a great moment🤪). Open hearts. Honest sharing. Tears. Laughs. The real shit. • The name somnium means dream in Latin. And the bottle has a red dot that implies – you are here. So, I invite you to join me tonight in opening up some wine with someone or many that you love and just have a blast. Tell stories and connect. Be present. Be here now. ✨ • As for an actual update….. your prayers and good vibes worked!!!!! Somehow the fires went mostly around the actual blocks! Thank you thank you thank you. ❤️ now let’s have a party to honor AND celebrate that we had some luck in 2020!!!!! • The second picture is me 10 years ago when we had just started the planting process. There was a lot of rock on the land. Man has it been a journey!

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In the post, Patrick said Somnium was Latin for dream. She thanks her followers for all their “prayers and good vibes”. Patrick purchased the property in 2009 and built the vineyard from the ground up, according to NASCAR. She also encouraged them to open a bottle of wine and be with the ones they love.

“I invite you to join me tonight in opening up some wine with someone or many that you love and just have a blast,” Patrick said. “Tell stories and connect. Be present. Be here now.”

According to NPR, the Glass Fire has burned 48,440 acres and destroyed more than 50 buildings. As of Wednesday morning, the outlet said the fire had only been 2% contained. The state is still battling more than two dozen fires in a record breaking year that saw millions of acres burnt.

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