Beneath the rubble of one of the biggest wildfires ever is a piece of Japanese American history.

The fire that has ripped through California’s wine country has destroyed an area made known worldwide by the early “wine king” of the state, Kanaye Nagasawa.

Among the hardest hit areas is Fountain Grove in Santa Rosa. That’s the former home of the old Fountain Grove Winery which was operated by Nagasawa. Next door to Nagasawa’s winery is Paradise Ridge Winery where many buildings have been lost to the fire. Paradise Ridge was also the home of an exhibition on the life of Nagasawa.

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