As I write this from the 707 area code of California, our state and much of America is on mandatory lock-down. This means the government has ordered everyone except people in essential businesses to stay home. Bars, restaurants and every winery tasting room I know are closed, as are many government offices and all schools. Restaurants that have decided to stay open offer delivery or take-out only – their dining rooms are dark. Many are operating at a loss so they can provide food to those who aren’t skilled in the kitchen and to keep loyal customers.
Most food stores are open, though availability of certain products is uncertain. My local grocery store has little left on its shelves, even as the warehouse store on the next block is fully re-stocked with canned goods, fresh produce and fresh beef, poultry and pork in its butcher cases. Toilet paper and paper towels are for some reason in very short supply, snapped up by hoarders during panic buying as the scope of the virus began to become realized.
With all the concern for keeping businesses alive, paying bills and putting food on the table, there is a sense of community emerging throughout America. If you live here, I hope you see it. If you’re a Wine Adventurer outside the US, I hope you experience it in your communities. The virus has certainly become a worldwide influence in everyone’s daily life.
If you collected wine over the winter as we always do here at Base Camp, take this time to research unknown labels in your cellar or sip old and new friends from the comfort of home. Reconnect with family that lives under your roof who you always seem to miss when running off to work early and returning late. Catch up on phone calls to friends and distant family. As much as you can, look for opportunity in uncertain times this Spring.
Please be careful, follow healthcare guidelines and join me in praying for a vaccine and return to normal in the near future. I look forward to staying in touch and to sharing our Wine Adventures in the near future.