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Hundreds of earthquake damaged wine barrels at the Kieu Hoang Winery in Napa, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

(Bloomberg) — Wineries and hospitality businesses in and around Napa, California, near the epicenter of the worst earthquake to hit the area in 25 years, rushed to clean up rubble and broken glass ahead of the expected influx of tourists for a drought-accelerated grape harvest.

“We are right in the thick of it,” said Steve Matthiasson, a Napa-based grape grower and vintner who produces wine under the Matthiasson label. “It could not be a worse time” for a quake.

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