Grapes are covered with ash at the destroyed Signorello Vineyards along the Silverado Trail in Napa, Calif., on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017. The Napa Fire destroyed many homes and businesses, including several wineries. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

Wine Country inferno forces wine lovers into East Bay, South Bay, other regions

The deadly wine country inferno has diverted tourists, groups and wedding parties to wine regions in the East Bay, South Bay and elsewhere.

“It’s been pretty crazy,” said Cindy Turchino, tasting room manager and hospitality manager with The Steven Kent Winery in Livermore. “This week we got three times as many people that we would normally see on a weekday. I would say 80 percent of those people are coming either from Napa Valley or the Sonoma area.”

The raging wildfires in the North Bay have scorched wineries, displaced residents and businesses and packed hotels in Napa County and Sonoma County with refugees from the catastrophe.

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