Temecula wineries make adjustments to stay afloat

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Nick and Cindy Palumbo
Nick and Cindy Palumbo of Palumbo Family Vineyards and Winery show off their wine distribution window. Valley News/Jeff Pack photo
Whether it’s offering discounts on bottle sales, selling wine slushies to go or turning their tasting room into a small market – Temecula Wine Country wineries are doing what they can to stay in business. “I would like to point out that while reports of alcohol sales being up is true, that doesn’t tell the whole story,” Nick Palumbo of Palumbo Family Vineyards and Winery said. “Larger wineries with wide distribution are doing OK but the smaller wineries between 1,000 and 5,000 yearly case production, like ourselves, are taking the biggest hit and some may not survive if this goes on too long.” Rick and Jennifer Buffington pause at the bar to greet guests as they arrive at Cougar Vineyards and Winery Saturda
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