Two Wilsons, two approaches to handling coronavirus outbreak

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Danae Wegner
Peltzer Winery’s Danae Wegner holds up a bottle of wine while surrounded with disinfectant products at the winery recently. Most wineries in Temecula Wine Country are open to bottle sales and wine club pickups. Valley News/Jeff Pack photo
While most wineries in Temecula Wine Country have stayed open to a limited degree since California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered a hard closure of bars and wineries in the state, some others closed immediately. Wilson Creek Winery was one of those wineries until Friday, March 27. “We just want her to see how it would go today cause this is the first day that we’ve been open for a week plus now,” Bill Wilson, CEO of Wilson Creek, said. “We did a hard shutdown unlike everybody else that kind of stayed open with bottle purchases and drive up. We are trying drive-up, and we’ll see what happens.” On Friday, Wilson Creek had a stand set up in the circle area of the parking lot with staff handling transactions. “The people that have come in are just awesome; they’re just s
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