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As Napa fires rage, wineries face singed grapes, displaced workers and costs of rebuilding

NAPA, Calif. — California's sun-tinged wine country is familiar with the life and death of the growing cycle, from green buds to purple grapes to dry, gnarled vines. But the fires sweeping through three wine-growing counties have shaken this cycle to a core, with possible repercussions for years to come. As thousands of firefighters try to contain 10 Northern California blazes, vineyards in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties are coming to grips with the damage and what they should do to rebuild — if they do.  "In terms of (future) production, a lot of people will have to rebuild and replant, so we're bound to see a bit of a (grape) shortage," says Mary McAuley, founder of Ripe Life Wines in Healdsburg, which buys its grapes from v ...