Inman, who owns Inman Family Wines in Santa Rosa, began the hour-long session with her phone held up to a grapevine. “Now we’re just starting to get a little bit of budbreak,” she said, showing the little tuft of green poking out, destined to become a cluster of Pinot Noir grapes. She then moved inside to her tasting room — empty save for her cat, Stella — where she began taking participants through the Chardonnay, rosé and Pinot wines that we were all supposed to have on hand. … [Read more...] about While sheltering in place, California wineries rush to offer virtual wine tastings. Are they fun or just awkward?
A lot has changed since I sent the last edition of this newsletter. More than one quarter of Americans are now sheltering in place. New York now has 10 times the COVID-19 cases California does. Parks and beaches throughout the Bay Area have had to close, after visitors showed they couldn’t be trusted to socially distance themselves over the weekend. … [Read more...] about The coronavirus and booze: What you missed this week
But Dr. Lee Riley, professor of infectious diseases at UC Berkeley, echoes advice from the CDC, saying it’s unlikely that you’ll pick up the virus from touching any surface. “It’s unusual to get transmission from inanimate object contact,” he says. The main mode of infection is person-to-person contact. While you should remain vigilant about washing your hands after touching surfaces that may have been infected, it’s far more important to limit your contact with other people, Riley says. … [Read more...] about Can you get the coronavirus from touching or eating food?
“We are also going to have Atelier At Home, an option for small gatherings of 8 guests maximum. Our team will remain small as well — two chefs and one server only — who will come to your home to help prepare a five-course dinner with menu items that we will choose with you in advance as well as wine pairings,” the restaurant wrote in its newsletter. … [Read more...] about Bay Area businesses push boundaries of stay-at-home orders
Watson launched the brewery five years ago with business partner Peter Baker. They reached into their family trees for inspiration for the business’ name: Cleophus was the name of Watson’s great-great-great grandfather, and Quealy is Baker’s mother’s maiden name. “We took the two best names from our family and mashed them together,” Watson explained. … [Read more...] about Bay Area brewery Cleophus Quealy to close permanently due to coronavirus shutdown