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Caymus Vineyards Files Federal Lawsuit Against Governor Newsom Alleging Discriminatory Treatment of Napa County Wineries in Reopening Plan

The following is a formal press release from Caymus Vineyards

Allowing wineries that serve food to open – while keeping closed wineries that offer wine tastings but no food – is arbitrary, contrary to public health, and violates U.S. and California Constitutions

Rutherford, Calif.—Caymus Vineyards announced today its filing of a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against Governor Gavin Newsom and California State Public Health Officer Sonia Angell alleging discriminatory treatment in the state’s reopening plan for non-essential businesses. The reopening plan’s continued closure of wineries that don’t serve food violates the Equal Protection, Due Process, and Takings Clauses of both the U.S. and California Constitutions. The lawsuit asks the court to allow Caymus Vineyards—and by extension all Napa County wineries—to reopen wine tastings, as Napa County has determined that it meets the state’s Phase 2 guidelines of Stage 2.


Take a (Virtual Trip) to California Wine Country

Ok, this is a bit silly, but I thought I’d share it anyway. With the massive amount of Zoom-ing going on—whether you’re wine tasting or just chatting with Mom—maybe you need a fun way to spice it up a bit. I’ve seen folks using generic, Zoom-supplied background images; a few people are savvy enough (and good enough photographers) to supply their own. Now, if you want to pretend you’re in Wine Country (or have other people “think” you are [right]) the Wine Institute is supplying images that “depict stunning vineyard and winery scenes across the Golden State.” It’s pretty cool, you got your classic Napa and Sonoma scenes, but also a few from Lake County, Paso Robles, and even El Dorado County.

Below is the formal press release, including all the links and instructions you’ll need. Just a bit of fun I thought I’d share—I know I’ll be downloading a few myself. Cheers.


Winemaker Larry Brooks Launches Website Highlighting Scholarly and Creative Writing

One thing I often find I have in common with the winemakers I come into contact with is an affinity for art—be it literary, historic, fine, or—dare I even say—performance art. Indeed, I know one of the things that draws me to study wine is that to understand it, one must simultaneously utilize the scientific and creative sides of the brain, for wine is not solely one or the other. No, it straddles the border of fact and fiction, data and mythos, what one can experience tangibly and those feelings that cannot be put into words. Winemakers, passionate winemakers, understand this and work everyday to iterate that through the liquid in the bottle.

“I fell in love with the word “voluptuary” when I first discovered it many years ago.” says winemaker Lawrence Brooks. “The literal definition is ‘a person devoted to luxury and sensual pleasure.’ To me, being in Nature is luxurious. The lovely scent of jasmine is a profound luxury.”

Brooks has a wine industry resumé that includes work on some of the most well-known wineries and wine brands; he also teaches at Cal Poly and Fresno State. I’ve not had the pleasure of meeting or interviewing him (yet), but when I received the press release announcing his new website, I had to take a look. Talented in the cellar, he certainly is—and I dare say his writing both teaches and entertains, is scholarly and creative. What better topic to prove the artistic-science/scientific-art that is wine than with a discussion of terroir?

The full press release with links below. You can see his first full post here. I, personally, am looking forward to many more.


Three Sticks Wines Announce Virtual Music Show to Benefit PLUS1 Covid-19 Relief Fund

I know there are a lot of virtual tastings going on nowadays. It seems like every winery is trying to wiggle their way into a Facebook/Instagram Live and show you what you could be sipping on. But I came across this press release about a virtual tasting and music show put on by Three Sticks Wines here in Sonoma that benefits musical entertainers who have been effected by the COVID-crisis. The event is free to attend on Facebook with the option to donate whatever you can afford to give. Mark your calendars for 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 29. Details below.

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Upstate New York Distilleries and Wineries team up in the Stone Soup Project

The below is a formal press release

Upstate New York Distilleries and Wineries team up in the Stone Soup Project, an initiative providing 20,000 gallons of hand sanitizer per week to support Upstate New York communities

Local business transformation agency, Aspire, lends their decades of experience in business management and execution to the project

Rochester, N.Y.—Upstate New York distilleries from Rochester to the Finger Lakes, including Rootstock Cider & Spirits, O’Begley Distillery and Uncharted Spirits, have come together in the Stone Soup Project to provide 20,000 gallons/week of hand sanitizer to support local Upstate New York communities. The initiative is being led by Rochester native Chris Carlsson, a world-renowned advisor to the spirits industry and Aspire, a boutique business transformation agency based in Rochester, co-founded by Ron Dougherty and Jonathan Romeyn.