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Father-Son Duo Turns Ruined Grapes Into Tasty Aid For Napa Fire Victims

The Cates family has been turning excess wine grapes into raisins as a way to reduce food waste. Since last year's devastating fires in California's wine-growing region, they've expanded.
Forty percent of Segassia Vineyard's vines were damaged after wildfires raged through Napa Valley in 2017. Source: Andrew Cates

Coverage of the fires raging through California this summer is hard for anyone to watch, but it's especially difficult for the Cates family.

"My wife can't even watch the news — it singes us to the core," says Chris Cates, a retired cardiologist whose family-owned Segassia Vineyard in Napa Valley, Calif., known for its rich cabernet, was ravaged by fires about this time last year.

His son, Andrew Cates, who operates Segassia and lives on the property, lost his home in the blaze. Fortunately, he was away at the time. While not all of the vines were lost, it

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