California Governor Shuts Down Wineries In 19 Counties But His Is Open

Posted: Jul 06, 2020

Indoor operations at restaurants, wineries, and tasting rooms, family entertainment centers, movie theaters, zoos, museums, and cardroom gambling businesses were ordered to close down.

The updated coronavirus restrictions apply to 19 counties, including Los Angeles, that have been on the state’s monitoring list because of an increasing number of cases for three straight days.

But, as noted by California’s KMPH-TV, Newsom’s winery and tasting room in Napa Valley — PlumpJack Wines — is still open.

The winery's website explains Newsom found PlumpJack Wines in 1992 as his first business.

"Over the next decade, the PlumpJack Group began to grow under his leadership to include many of the restaurants, wineries, and retail establishments in the current portfolio."

The winery's next available tasting is on Tuesday, per the venue's website, which explains their new rules and guidelines amid the pandemic.

Customers are doing tastings by appointment only for groups with six people or less, and both employees are required to wear masks in all public areas — while guests must wear a face covering "when not seated at their designated tasting area."

The tasting rooms are also going through "enhanced cleaning measures," and the winery said all guests will have access to areas to properly wash their hands.

"Each tasting flight will be pre-poured upon arrival to avoid unnecessary close proximity between our team and guests," the winery said.

Guests will also be given "sanitized glassware" and "no dump buckets will be provided."

According to KMPH, Newsom owns stock in PlumpJack Group, "which includes a winery in Napa Valley's Oakville."

The news outlet reported that Newsom's 2018 tax filings show he and his wife own shares in the group, which brought in a combined salary of almost $600,000 in 2018.

As of Wednesday, Napa County, where the winery is located, had reported 344 coronavirus cases, and was not included in the list of 19 counties.

While the state has seen a surge in COVID-19 cases, virus-related hospitalizations have increased 43 percent over the past two weeks, startling officials.

By Nicole Darrah
July 3 2020
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