Even though there are 11 wineries destroyed, the network of damage has spiderwebbed out to affect almost everyone. Here are some wines that I have noticed are visibly dedicated not just to affected vineyard land, but to prominent efforts to provide support and relief.
Hirsch wines are, by their very nature, small-production and hard to come by in New Mexico. They are already sold out of their latest vintage on the website, and what few cases are left in the state are selling fast. Local fine-dining restaurant Arroyo Vino hosted Jasmine Hirsch as a guest of honor at an auction dinner that raised almost $10,000 in support of fire relief, and the winery has been a visible advocate for many efforts to rebuild. David Hirsch has been growing grapes on a volcanic fault line adjacent to the Pacific Ocean in the farthest extreme of the Sonoma Coast, and his line of pinot noirs reflect a profound meditation on California terroir. This 2015 San Andreas Fault pinot noir ($66) reflects a blend of different soil parcels, vinified separately and crafted into something truly sublime.
Lioco is rooted in more than one aspect of the California wine industry. The lovechild of Matthew Licklider and Kevin O'Connor (a wine importer and the former wine director at Spago, respectively), Lioco has always been intimately tied both to the reputed vineyards from which they source their fruit and the extensive network of restaurants that support their wines. The support and outreach for which Lioco has advocated, not to mention the events and deals and donations that the winery has developed since the fires began, has been remarkable and commendable. And their wines are incredibly unique, neither would-be dupes for European originals or homogenous examples of an all-American "house style," but something else entirely—almost crystal-clear interpretations of classic grape varieties. Their entry-level Sonoma County chardonnay ($24) is entirely unoaked and scintillatingly transparent, all lemon and mineral, full of grace.
Both vines and the old farmhouse at Robert Sinskey vineyards have burned to the ground, though the damage is not all-consuming. Still, this is a winery that would benefit deeply from very direct support. The estate grown 2013 Point of View ($34) is a Right Bank Bordeaux style blend crafted from biodynamically farmed land in Los Carneros. A staunch supporter of sustainable viticulture and outspoken advocate for environmental activism, this winery is fighting the good fight in more ways than one these days. Fruity but earthy, the POV needs time and air to open up, but with patience this wine reveals its complex charms.