Hardy Wallace, owner of Dirty & Rowdy Family Wines in Napa, adopted a far less conventional format for his first virtual wine tasting on March 21, which brought about 80 people together on Zoom. “We didn’t want to just replicate that analog experience,” he says. He hired trumpet player Eric Benny Bloom (of the band Lettuce) and keyboardist Borahm Lee (of Break Science) to play music throughout the tasting — including improvisational pieces based on the wine’s aromas and flavors. … [Read more...] about While sheltering in place, California wineries rush to offer virtual wine tastings. Are they fun or just awkward?
10:54 a.m. Dr. Fauci says there’s no rift with Trump: During an interview with a Washington, D.C. radio show Tuesday morning, Dr. Anthony Fauci tried to end the appearance of a spat with President Trump. The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has consistently disputed Trump’s comments about the coronavirus pandemic, but Fauci said: “We have a much bigger problem here than trying to point out differences. … The president has listened to what I’ve said and what the other people on the task force have said. When I’ve made recommendations, he’s taken them. He’s never countered and overridden me. The idea of pitting one against the other is just not helpful, and I’d wish that would stop, so we can look ahead at the challenge we have together to get over this thing.” … [Read more...] about Coronavirus in the Bay Area: The key events unfolding on March 24
“What the president has asked us to do is to assemble all the data and give him our best medical recommendation based on all the data,” Birx told reporters. “This is consistent with our mandate to really use every piece of information that we can in order to give the president our opinion that’s backed up by data.” … [Read more...] about Virus coordinator Birx is Trump’s data-whisperer
The effort to improve access did get a boost, however. Wisconsin will end a tax on telephone companies installing internet infrastructure after a bill introduced by state Rep. Romaine Quinn, R-Barron, was signed into law in March. Companies that began as internet companies do not have to pay the tax. But Gallucci said the tax change amounts to “small potatoes.” … [Read more...] about Broadband dearth hinders rural Wisconsin amid virus outbreak
“We are now seeing the spike that we were anticipating,” Newsom declared while standing in front of the 1,000-bed Navy hospital ship Mercy that arrived in the Port of Los Angeles. It will take non-virus patients to free up rooms at hospitals for infection cases. … [Read more...] about California lawmakers plead: fight virus, don’t pack beaches