• SHARE

Gingerly stepping over melted bottles and charred debris that was once Paradise Ridge Winery’s tasting room and event hall, owners Sonia Byck-Barwick and her brother Rene Byck searched for a samurai sword in the rubble left after one of the worst wildfires in California’s history swept the area.

For the past 23 years, the building housed an exhibit on the life of Kanae Nagasawa (1852-1934), a samurai who later became a successful winemaker and was dubbed the “Wine King” of California. The exhibit had been visited by people from all over the world.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.

SUBSCRIBE NOW

PHOTO GALLERY (CLICK TO ENLARGE)