Uncertain times breed unusual moves for wineries, breweries

Sharon Cannon stands ready to safely serve customers that come into Akash Winery and Vineyards to pick up bottles. The winery has developed partnerships with other local companies to create packages to encourage purchasing wine. Valley News/Jeff Pack photo
If a bud break happens in Temecula Wine Country but the general public isn’t there to see it, did it really happen? Well, yes, of course.That doesn’t mean those in wine country aren’t saddened by the loss of public participation in the grape-growing and winemaking process they love to share with their customers.Since California Gov. Gavin Newsom called for all bars, wineries, nightclubs and brewpubs to close, March 15, a drive through the wine region is a little surreal. The only day of the year that the region is so quiet and still is Christmas Day.Another of the area’s growing industries is the craft beer market, which will arguably be hit harder. The only saving grace for craft brewers is a slightly more familiar take-away sales market.Still, both industries are
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