How You Can Help Small California Wineries Survive the Shelter in Place Mandate.

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Kelly, M_BC

The COVID-19 is something between the writings of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock for most of us today. That said being Sheltered in Place (SIP) or self-quarantined the human spirit is being squashed. Why? We are social beings with a sense of purpose with family, friends and community. We are all cut off and isolation is unsettling. Even of historical magnitudes and pervasiveness not seen since World War II affecting literally everyone worldwide, we will get through this with unwavering enthusiasm and hope, nonetheless a bit scarred but not beaten. As Alvin Toffler stated “One of the definitions of sanity is the ability to tell real from unreal. Soon we’ll need a new definition”.


I am writing this today to bring attention to the fact that many small artisan and handcrafted wineries unfortunately may not be as fortunate. They are often single person, husband/wife and/or family operations of less than five individuals. They have invested their family monies to provide some unique and quality wines for our enjoyment. The financial impact of not holding tastings may strangle the life blood out of a few. Some small wineries have wine clubs and a solid local following. Some have just “opened their doors”. Nevertheless, all are going to be hurting financially shortly as the impact of their marketing and sales is squashed by having their tasting rooms closed or the inability to hold winemaker dinners or tasting events.


I just went thru the last four months of these small wineries that I have written about and would encourage you to call the wineries (most are open but not for tastings) and place an order. This will help them immensely as you are helping them make a car payment, mortgage or put food on the table. I personally believe this is money well spent verses picking up a bottle of wine at the local supermarket. Even one or two bottles the impact will be felt. The larger wineries will be fine in the long run, but these smaller boutique wineries may be pushed to the brink of extinction.


Do yourself a favor and pick up a wonderful bottle(s) of wine and support your neighbors in the wine business. All these wineries are in California. Many more can be found on my website or blog dating back more than four months. I have listed only a few of the varietals they make and clicking the website will give you a complete listing as well as their phone number.

There are many more wineries but these are stories from the last four months by area:
Napa Valley
Zuidema Wine Company – Grenache
YoungInglewood – Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, blends
Detert Vineyards – Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc
Laura Michael – Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Zinfandel
Tate Wine – Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
Porch Wines – Sauvignon Blanc, GSM
Vinoce – Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc
Hunter Glenn Wines – Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Syrah


Livermore Valley
Wood Family Vineyards – Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Blends
3 Steve’s Winery – Chardonnay, Carmenere, Cab Franc
McKahn Family Cellars – Syrah, Grenache, Viognier
Steven Kent Winery – Cabernet Sauvignon, blends http://stevenkent/com
Cuda Ridge Wines – Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot
Cellar 13 – Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon
Arroyo Cellars – Chardonnay, Zinfandel
Acquiesce – Roussanne, Picpoul, Bourboulenc
Prie Vineyard – Barbera, Dornfelder, Zinfandel
LangeTwins – Cab Franc, Cab Sauvignon, Teroldego


Sierra Foothills
Gossamer Cellars – Unique red & white wines (Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, etc.)
Lavender Ridge – Roussanne, Rhone varietals
Casino Mine Ranch – Vermentino, Tempranillo, Mourvedre
Bodega Del Sur Winery – Tempranillo, Spanish varietals
Allegorie & Val du Vino – Tempranillo, Zinfandel, Blends
Frog’s Tooth Winery – Chardonnay, Syrah, Petite Sirah
Jazz Cellars – Syrah, Sangiovese, Roussanne/Marsanne

Boyle McDonald – Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Blends


Suisun Valley
Tenbrink Winery – Petite Sirah, Chardonnay
Tolenas Vineyards – Gamay, Rose, blends


Shale Canyon Winery – Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Tempranillo

Paso Robles
Dracaena Wines – Cabernet Franc, Rose


Agoura Hills
Dusty Nabor Wines – Syrah, Grenache, Viognier


Sonoma Valley
Mountain Tides – Petite Sirah
Stringer Cellars – Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon
Merriman Vineyards – no website – (707) 433-4032



One thought on “How You Can Help Small California Wineries Survive the Shelter in Place Mandate.

    Dracaena Wines said:
    April 17, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    Thank you for your continued support!


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