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#1 Post by Joel S Morris » June 29th, 2020, 4:35 am

We have a trip to Napa from the east coast planned later this month & would appreciate any update on the status of visiting the wineries there since some restrictions have started to be reinstated in CA.

Thanks Joel

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#2 Post by Bob Davis » June 29th, 2020, 4:59 am

I would recommend checking directly at winery websites. They should have the latest news.

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#3 Post by larry schaffer » June 29th, 2020, 6:01 am

Just a heads up that things may indeed change in the coming weeks. The Governor just announced that bars need to close in 7 counties across CA, including LA County, where they are also requiring that wineries and breweries close unless they offer 'dine in service'. 8 more counties, including Santa Barbara County, have been put on notice that the same may happen here shortly. I would assume that all CA counties may be affected by this in the coming weeks . . .

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#4 Post by Joel S Morris » June 29th, 2020, 6:55 am

Read that & that is why I was asking. Thanks for the updates

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#5 Post by Albert R » June 29th, 2020, 9:54 am

I cancelled our early June Italy trip and was hoping or dreaming of heading to Napa at the end of July/early August. We are not going anywhere at this point. Good luck.
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#6 Post by Bdklein » June 29th, 2020, 10:09 am

Joel S Morris wrote:
June 29th, 2020, 4:35 am
We have a trip to Napa from the east coast planned later this month & would appreciate any update on the status of visiting the wineries there since some restrictions have started to be reinstated in CA.

Thanks Joel
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#7 Post by Vince L. » June 29th, 2020, 11:03 am

Bdklein wrote:
June 29th, 2020, 10:09 am
Joel S Morris wrote:
June 29th, 2020, 4:35 am
We have a trip to Napa from the east coast planned later this month & would appreciate any update on the status of visiting the wineries there since some restrictions have started to be reinstated in CA.

Thanks Joel
South Florida or California. Tough choice. Good luck with either .
Or just stay home, Just a thought.
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#8 Post by Joel S Morris » June 29th, 2020, 11:06 am

Nope; if they'll have me, I'm going!

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#9 Post by Gabe Berk » June 29th, 2020, 11:24 am

Booked a few tours & tasting in Napa for mid July back in January. Some of the people to join are from Texas. Thus far they aren't afraid of flying out and doing the tours & tastings, but I'm not feeling it too much. Hold on tight as things across the board most likely are going to change back to March/April/May regulations. Brutal for wineries all around...

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#10 Post by Paul Luckin » June 29th, 2020, 11:38 am

from the CDPH as of June 28:


Proposal for Selective Sector Closing of Bars in Counties on the County Monitoring List

from the link above:

The scope of this action is defined as follows:

- Brewpubs, breweries, bars, and pubs, should close until those establishments are allowed to resume operation per state guidance and local permission, unless they are offering sit-down, dine-in meals. Alcohol can only be sold in the same transaction as a meal.
- Dine-in restaurants, brewpubs, breweries, bars, and pubs that provide sit-down meals should follow the dine-in restaurant guidance (PDF) and should continue to encourage takeout and delivery service whenever possible.
- Brewpubs, breweries, bars, and pubs that do not provide sit-down meals themselves, but can contract with another vendor to do so, can serve dine-in meals provided both businesses follow the dine-in restaurant guidance (PDF) and alcohol is only sold in the same transaction as a meal.
- Venues that are currently authorized to provide off sale beer, wine, and spirits to be consumed off premises and do not offer sit-down, dine-in meals should follow the guidance for retail operations (PDF) and offer curbside sales only, until local and/or statewide rules allow additional retail activity.
Producers of beer, wine, and spirits should follow the guidance for manufacturing operations (PDF).
- This guidance is not intended for concert, performance, or entertainment venues. Those types of establishments should remain closed until they are allowed to resume modified or full operation through a specific reopening order or guidance. Establishments that serve full meals must discontinue this type of entertainment until these types of activities are allowed to resume modified or full operation.
- Brewpubs, breweries, bars, and pubs in counties unaffected by this order and whose health officer has approved further reopening may follow the guidance for restaurants, wineries, and bars on the COVID-19 County Roadmap website.


wineries are not mentioned at all in this order. i wonder if that was an oversight or on purpose to allow them to remain open (barring a local agency issuing stricter guidelines)?
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#11 Post by Marc Hauser » June 29th, 2020, 12:27 pm

Generally wineries are open, but given the procedures to host, there are fewer spots, so make sure to call and book ahead. And when you go, please buy to your heart’s content - they need as much business as possible. Pity buying is highly encouraged.
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#12 Post by larry schaffer » June 29th, 2020, 1:41 pm

Paul Luckin wrote:
June 29th, 2020, 11:38 am
from the CDPH as of June 28:


Proposal for Selective Sector Closing of Bars in Counties on the County Monitoring List

from the link above:

The scope of this action is defined as follows:

- Brewpubs, breweries, bars, and pubs, should close until those establishments are allowed to resume operation per state guidance and local permission, unless they are offering sit-down, dine-in meals. Alcohol can only be sold in the same transaction as a meal.
- Dine-in restaurants, brewpubs, breweries, bars, and pubs that provide sit-down meals should follow the dine-in restaurant guidance (PDF) and should continue to encourage takeout and delivery service whenever possible.
- Brewpubs, breweries, bars, and pubs that do not provide sit-down meals themselves, but can contract with another vendor to do so, can serve dine-in meals provided both businesses follow the dine-in restaurant guidance (PDF) and alcohol is only sold in the same transaction as a meal.
- Venues that are currently authorized to provide off sale beer, wine, and spirits to be consumed off premises and do not offer sit-down, dine-in meals should follow the guidance for retail operations (PDF) and offer curbside sales only, until local and/or statewide rules allow additional retail activity.
Producers of beer, wine, and spirits should follow the guidance for manufacturing operations (PDF).
- This guidance is not intended for concert, performance, or entertainment venues. Those types of establishments should remain closed until they are allowed to resume modified or full operation through a specific reopening order or guidance. Establishments that serve full meals must discontinue this type of entertainment until these types of activities are allowed to resume modified or full operation.
- Brewpubs, breweries, bars, and pubs in counties unaffected by this order and whose health officer has approved further reopening may follow the guidance for restaurants, wineries, and bars on the COVID-19 County Roadmap website.


wineries are not mentioned at all in this order. i wonder if that was an oversight or on purpose to allow them to remain open (barring a local agency issuing stricter guidelines)?
They were explicitly excluded and are now not being lumped in the bars. In some ways it's good - but I am weary of how this is going to go . . .

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#13 Post by Jim Anderson » June 29th, 2020, 2:01 pm

Not CA but jumping in here. We just had a company discussion about what our plans are going to be. We have been open for 2 weeks. We were as busy as we realistically can be on Saturday. We have not had any "nail salon" type issues and everyone has been respectful and pleased that we are open and working at making things safe while still seeming as normal as is possible. If I had to place a bet I would say that if cases keep going up the way they are in Oregon (strictly speaking Oregon has been insanely well off to date so our rise is to about 200 cases a day and that would seem small in lots of other states) Gov. Brown will rescind the opening allowances. I simply wanted to know if people here wanted to beat her to it on our part. It is far more onerous to be open than before. It would cut off a bunch of money but I would rather have people be, you know, alive than cash. The vote was to keep at it. Folks feel safe enough and while the restrictions require irritating levels of cleaning (and we are doing more than is required) it is all not enough yet to pull the plug. We're not open Saturday (7/4) so I don't know, barring something odd happening, that we will need to re-visit this discussion next week but we are all thinking about where the line in the proverbial sand is these days.
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#14 Post by Vince L. » July 1st, 2020, 12:54 pm

Well this just got announced.

Stay home.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/01/worl ... k-220e7ca6
Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday closed down bars and indoor dining in 19 counties in California, pulling back reopening for more than 70 percent of the population in the state. He also ordered closed indoor operations in wineries and tasting rooms, zoos, museums and card rooms.
In Los Angeles County, where the outbreak has been among the most severe in the state, the public health department announced Monday the closure of all “public beaches, piers, public beach parking lots, beach bike paths that traverse that sanded portion of the beach, and beach access points.”

The health department estimates one out of 140 residents in Los Angeles County is currently infectious with the virus, according to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Beaches will also be closed in Ventura County, northwest of Los Angeles.

Mr. Newsom also said parking lots at state beaches across the state would be closed for the Fourth of July weekend.

Mr. Newsom implored the public to avoid gatherings with people not part of their immediate households during the holiday weekend.

“Patriotism in a Covid-19 environment can be expressed a little bit differently,” he said.

Noting a surge in infections and deaths, Mr. Newsom also announced the establishment of “Enforcement Strike Teams” that will work with local authorities to compel compliance of all public health orders.
Not sure what counties constitute the 19 yet ...
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#15 Post by Chris Crutchfield » July 1st, 2020, 1:01 pm

Imagine flying cross country during a pandemic because you just can't wait to visit some touristy tasting rooms. The tasting rooms will be there next year (well, most of them at least). Drink your wine at home.

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#16 Post by Mark Lewis » July 1st, 2020, 2:28 pm

Looks like the following 19 counties are being forced to close restaurants and tasting rooms:

Contra Costa
Fresno
Glenn
Imperial
Kern
Kings
Los Angeles
Merced
Orange
Riverside
Sacramento
San Bernardino
San Joaquin
Santa Barbara
Santa Clara
Solano
Stanislaus
Tulare
Ventura

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#17 Post by Paul Luckin » July 1st, 2020, 3:26 pm

Mark Lewis wrote:
July 1st, 2020, 2:28 pm
Looks like the following 19 counties are being forced to close restaurants and tasting rooms:

Contra Costa
Fresno
Glenn
Imperial
Kern
Kings
Los Angeles
Merced
Orange
Riverside
Sacramento
San Bernardino
San Joaquin
Santa Barbara
Santa Clara
Solano
Stanislaus
Tulare
Ventura
Restaurants = indoors only
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#18 Post by Michael Feldman » July 1st, 2020, 4:09 pm

Vince L. wrote:
June 29th, 2020, 11:03 am
Bdklein wrote:
June 29th, 2020, 10:09 am
Joel S Morris wrote:
June 29th, 2020, 4:35 am
We have a trip to Napa from the east coast planned later this month & would appreciate any update on the status of visiting the wineries there since some restrictions have started to be reinstated in CA.

Thanks Joel
South Florida or California. Tough choice. Good luck with either .
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#19 Post by Michael Feldman » July 1st, 2020, 4:15 pm

Joel S Morris wrote:
June 29th, 2020, 11:06 am
Nope; if they'll have me, I'm going!
So you will travel cross country for 6 hours on a plane that is full because the airlines refuse to practice social distancing. Hope to go to a few Napa wineries because you are sick of staying at home?

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#20 Post by Bdklein » July 1st, 2020, 6:41 pm

Michael Feldman wrote:
July 1st, 2020, 4:15 pm
Joel S Morris wrote:
June 29th, 2020, 11:06 am
Nope; if they'll have me, I'm going!
So you will travel cross country for 6 hours on a plane that is full because the airlines refuse to practice social distancing. Hope to go to a few Napa wineries because you are sick of staying at home?
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#21 Post by Rich Brown » July 2nd, 2020, 11:25 am

Michael Feldman wrote:
July 1st, 2020, 4:09 pm
Vince L. wrote:
June 29th, 2020, 11:03 am
Bdklein wrote:
June 29th, 2020, 10:09 am


South Florida or California. Tough choice. Good luck with either .
Or just stay home, Just a thought.
I would second this.
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#22 Post by Frank Z » July 2nd, 2020, 12:03 pm

Vince L. wrote:
July 1st, 2020, 12:54 pm
Well this just got announced.

Stay home.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/01/worl ... k-220e7ca6
Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday closed down bars and indoor dining in 19 counties in California, pulling back reopening for more than 70 percent of the population in the state. He also ordered closed indoor operations in wineries and tasting rooms, zoos, museums and card rooms.
In Los Angeles County, where the outbreak has been among the most severe in the state, the public health department announced Monday the closure of all “public beaches, piers, public beach parking lots, beach bike paths that traverse that sanded portion of the beach, and beach access points.”

The health department estimates one out of 140 residents in Los Angeles County is currently infectious with the virus, according to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Beaches will also be closed in Ventura County, northwest of Los Angeles.

Mr. Newsom also said parking lots at state beaches across the state would be closed for the Fourth of July weekend.

Mr. Newsom implored the public to avoid gatherings with people not part of their immediate households during the holiday weekend.

“Patriotism in a Covid-19 environment can be expressed a little bit differently,” he said.

Noting a surge in infections and deaths, Mr. Newsom also announced the establishment of “Enforcement Strike Teams” that will work with local authorities to compel compliance of all public health orders.
Not sure what counties constitute the 19 yet ...
Napa and Sonoma counties are not part of the list and not closing as far as I know. I was just there (Napa) a few weeks ago and things are going well and people are very respectful when it comes to contact. Tasting room staff have been across the board, some have kept their masks on all the time, others will take them off as long as you are comfortable. For example, I had the opportunity to taste with a winemaker at his home, and he let me know that he’s been tested so no masks needed. Even though we hesitated at first, things were fine and we had a great time.

With that being said, I do agree with others that it may not be the best time to visit CA in general. It’s crazy how fast the “second wave” of covid has come and it may not be worth it to expose yourself to increased risk. Take the trip and enjoy your vacation more once the wave “dies down”. Just my two cents.
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#23 Post by Jim Anderson » July 2nd, 2020, 12:14 pm

Frank Z wrote:
July 2nd, 2020, 12:03 pm
Vince L. wrote:
July 1st, 2020, 12:54 pm
Well this just got announced.

Stay home.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/01/worl ... k-220e7ca6
Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday closed down bars and indoor dining in 19 counties in California, pulling back reopening for more than 70 percent of the population in the state. He also ordered closed indoor operations in wineries and tasting rooms, zoos, museums and card rooms.
In Los Angeles County, where the outbreak has been among the most severe in the state, the public health department announced Monday the closure of all “public beaches, piers, public beach parking lots, beach bike paths that traverse that sanded portion of the beach, and beach access points.”

The health department estimates one out of 140 residents in Los Angeles County is currently infectious with the virus, according to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Beaches will also be closed in Ventura County, northwest of Los Angeles.

Mr. Newsom also said parking lots at state beaches across the state would be closed for the Fourth of July weekend.

Mr. Newsom implored the public to avoid gatherings with people not part of their immediate households during the holiday weekend.

“Patriotism in a Covid-19 environment can be expressed a little bit differently,” he said.

Noting a surge in infections and deaths, Mr. Newsom also announced the establishment of “Enforcement Strike Teams” that will work with local authorities to compel compliance of all public health orders.
Not sure what counties constitute the 19 yet ...
Napa and Sonoma counties are not part of the list and not closing as far as I know. I was just there (Napa) a few weeks ago and things are going well and people are very respectful when it comes to contact. Tasting room staff have been across the board, some have kept their masks on all the time, others will take them off as long as you are comfortable. For example, I had the opportunity to taste with a winemaker at his home, and he let me know that he’s been tested so no masks needed. Even though we hesitated at first, things were fine and we had a great time.

With that being said, I do agree with others that it may not be the best time to visit CA in general. It’s crazy how fast the “second wave” of covid has come and it may not be worth it to expose yourself to increased risk. Take the trip and enjoy your vacation more once the wave “dies down”. Just my two cents.
I had a C-19 test as well through the mobile healthcare unit that works specifically with vineyard and winery workers. Tested negative. What that meant was the day I took the test I was negative. Means nothing about the present. Unless it was an antibody test and even then that doesn’t mean much.

This isn’t a 2nd wave. This is still the first wave.
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#24 Post by Frank Z » July 2nd, 2020, 12:31 pm

Jim Anderson wrote:
July 2nd, 2020, 12:14 pm
Frank Z wrote:
July 2nd, 2020, 12:03 pm
Vince L. wrote:
July 1st, 2020, 12:54 pm
Well this just got announced.

Stay home.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/01/worl ... k-220e7ca6



Not sure what counties constitute the 19 yet ...
Napa and Sonoma counties are not part of the list and not closing as far as I know. I was just there (Napa) a few weeks ago and things are going well and people are very respectful when it comes to contact. Tasting room staff have been across the board, some have kept their masks on all the time, others will take them off as long as you are comfortable. For example, I had the opportunity to taste with a winemaker at his home, and he let me know that he’s been tested so no masks needed. Even though we hesitated at first, things were fine and we had a great time.

With that being said, I do agree with others that it may not be the best time to visit CA in general. It’s crazy how fast the “second wave” of covid has come and it may not be worth it to expose yourself to increased risk. Take the trip and enjoy your vacation more once the wave “dies down”. Just my two cents.
I had a C-19 test as well through the mobile healthcare unit that works specifically with vineyard and winery workers. Tested negative. What that meant was the day I took the test I was negative. Means nothing about the present. Unless it was an antibody test and even then that doesn’t mean much.

This isn’t a 2nd wave. This is still the first wave.
Good points, and I agree with both. I’ve been quarantining at my apartment (again) for the past two weeks to make sure I don’t spread the virus, but I just wanted to add that in terms of winery visiting and private appointments, being respectful of the 6ft guidelines set is the first thing everyone should be doing. The staff is there to make you feel comfortable, and more importantly, safe.

As for the notion of the wave, I specifically had put “second wave” in quotes for that reason. CA never truly had an end to the first wave (it was simply a brief plateau before going up again), and hopefully we don’t need what happened to NY in April to happen here to realize that we still all need to be more mindful and careful.
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#25 Post by Vince L. » July 2nd, 2020, 1:12 pm

I'm sorry but my thoughts is that the wine maker is either brave or stupid. Letting random people into your home without masks.
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#26 Post by Jason T » July 2nd, 2020, 1:33 pm

Bdklein wrote:
July 1st, 2020, 6:41 pm
Michael Feldman wrote:
July 1st, 2020, 4:15 pm
Joel S Morris wrote:
June 29th, 2020, 11:06 am
Nope; if they'll have me, I'm going!
So you will travel cross country for 6 hours on a plane that is full because the airlines refuse to practice social distancing. Hope to go to a few Napa wineries because you are sick of staying at home?
Helping the economy at least !!!
Assuming he doesn’t get sick and infection anyone else, sure.
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#27 Post by larry schaffer » July 2nd, 2020, 2:32 pm

The tasting rooms in Santa Barbara County are allowed to remain open - but we can only conduct tastings outdoors (same as restaurants can only offer outside seating). I think this will prompt more folks to 'take over' parking spaces and roads to maximize outdoor seating. On the one hand, I get this - but I am not trying to 'maximize' anything. I am the only person working my tasting room because I don't feel comfortable having either of my employees (one is older with diabetes and the other a bit younger but a germaphobe) back here, at least not yet.

What I can say is that it is irresponsible for the state to make us do this but allow SLO County, and Paso in particular, NOT to do this. Guess where folks are going to go? Same with Napa and Sonoma. Period. This is not out of being selfish - it's about looking out for everyone. I hope each and every winery 'survives' this current situation and I wish no ill will on any of them whatsoever.

Be careful out there, show a great deal of patience as it is a necessity, and hope to see many of you when it's safe - and some of you on upcoming Zoom tastings.

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#28 Post by Vince L. » July 2nd, 2020, 2:56 pm

larry schaffer wrote:
July 2nd, 2020, 2:32 pm
What I can say is that it is irresponsible for the state to make us do this but allow SLO County, and Paso in particular, NOT to do this. Guess where folks are going to go? Same with Napa and Sonoma. Period. This is not out of being selfish - it's about looking out for everyone. I hope each and every winery 'survives' this current situation and I wish no ill will on any of them whatsoever.

Be careful out there, show a great deal of patience as it is a necessity, and hope to see many of you when it's safe - and some of you on upcoming Zoom tastings.

Cheers.
I agree Larry; they should have just done this statewide ... as like you said I know people who were going to go up to SBC but now will just go up to Paso/SLO. If they're trying to slow this they need to do it statewide if not nationwide. Yeah sucks on the economy & everything, but I think lives comes first.

Hopefully Once this COVID ends I'll be sure to stop by, as I've driven by your place multiple times last year but never had a chance.
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#29 Post by Albert R » July 2nd, 2020, 6:09 pm

Jim Anderson wrote:
July 2nd, 2020, 12:14 pm
Frank Z wrote:
July 2nd, 2020, 12:03 pm
Vince L. wrote:
July 1st, 2020, 12:54 pm
Well this just got announced.

Stay home.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/01/worl ... k-220e7ca6



Not sure what counties constitute the 19 yet ...
Napa and Sonoma counties are not part of the list and not closing as far as I know. I was just there (Napa) a few weeks ago and things are going well and people are very respectful when it comes to contact. Tasting room staff have been across the board, some have kept their masks on all the time, others will take them off as long as you are comfortable. For example, I had the opportunity to taste with a winemaker at his home, and he let me know that he’s been tested so no masks needed. Even though we hesitated at first, things were fine and we had a great time.

With that being said, I do agree with others that it may not be the best time to visit CA in general. It’s crazy how fast the “second wave” of covid has come and it may not be worth it to expose yourself to increased risk. Take the trip and enjoy your vacation more once the wave “dies down”. Just my two cents.
I had a C-19 test as well through the mobile healthcare unit that works specifically with vineyard and winery workers. Tested negative. What that meant was the day I took the test I was negative. Means nothing about the present. Unless it was an antibody test and even then that doesn’t mean much.

This isn’t a 2nd wave. This is still the first wave.
Well said Jim. I oversee a couple of urgent care centers that are testing (primarily symptomatic patients) every day. It’s not looking good. We have refused to offer/perform the antibody test because it’s really inconclusive. We prefer to do the right thing and not take people’s money although we get hundreds of calls weekly.
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Re: Napa winery visiting status update please

#30 Post by Randy Bowman » July 2nd, 2020, 8:52 pm

Napa Covid cases increased exponentially after Memorial Day. Also after Memorial day, there was and still is an influx of tourists from other counties and states, looking for open wineries and restaurants. If the rise in covid cases continues, Napa will be lumped into the closed counties as the hot areas are determined by number of cases per 1000 population. Napa county has a population just slightly higher than neighboring cities at 137,744.

All tastings at wineries are by appointment only at this time. We see a lot of visitors who can't get in to tasting rooms who drop by thinking we might do tasting. Our wine bar is closed per health department covid restrictions and we agree those restrictions are appropriate.

Personally, I'd pass on the Napa visit which will be more of a scavenger hunt than a vacation.
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