California Wildfires Tear Through Wine Country

Greg Tessitore | October 11, 2017

Tragedy has struck the California wine country in the form of flames. Since Sunday night, Mendocino, Napa, and Sonoma counties have been embattled by a series of fires. As of Wednesday morning, the fires had consumed nearly 150,000 acres and 2,000 structures while taking 21 lives with scores more still unaccounted for.

We at Sovos are incredibly saddened by the loss and devastation that these fires have wrought. Our hearts go out to our clients, our friends, and our colleagues whose lives and livelihoods have been ravaged by fire.

We have heard reports of complete destructions at several wineries, with many more experiencing losses to structures and acres of vines. These, along with the homes and communities in Northern California, are what make wine country a unique and special place. We know that even if tasting rooms and fermentation tanks still stand, the horror of the fire does not stop at the winery gates.

We wish you all strength as you move to recover and rebuild and we send our ongoing support for the firefighters and other first responders who continue to fight to bring the fires under control.

While reporting and compliance obligations may be the last thing on your mind right now, we want to make sure you have the latest updates. The Sovos Regulatory Analysis team will be monitoring the situation, and we will provide updates as we learn of them.


Wineries Impacted by California Wildfires May Request Compliance Extensions


During past natural disasters, state and federal regulatory authorities have extended or offered impacted taxpayers an extension of time to meet their normal compliance obligations, without fear of penalty exposure.

Sovos has been monitoring the situation to determine if any such extensions would be forthcoming due to the current wildfires in northern California. Based on recent communications, our understanding is that no official mass extensions have been offered. Rather, we have been told any relief would most likely be handed out on a case-by-case basis.

In other words, impacted wineries are encouraged to seek any extension by directly contacting the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) and/or the California Board of Equalization (BOE) either via phone or email:

Phone: 1-800-400-7115 (TTY 711)
BOE Email

We will continue to monitor the situation and provide further information as circumstances dictate.