California wildfires threaten wine country tourism lifeblood

California wildfires threaten wine country tourism lifebloodBy Noel Randewich NAPA, Calif. (Reuters) – The wildfires burning through Northern California are sending visitors packing, threatening the $ 2 billion-plus spent annually by tourists on wine tours, fine food, limousine rides and much more, business leaders said. At the Inn on First bed and breakfast in the famous wine town of Napa, co-owner Jamie Cherry was encouraging callers to postpone rather than cancel visits, as wildfires burned largely unchecked across the region. With hundreds of wineries, expensive restaurants and bucolic rolling scenery, the wine country of Sonoma and Napa counties is a major draw for visitors.

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