California wineries are facing a new world of shifting to plastic, using face masks, and maintaining social distancing as the state government allows tasting rooms to reopen on a county case by case basis this Friday.
Some wineries say state guidelines should be clearer as they reopen tasting rooms to a new COVID reality that has undermined the elegance of the overall experience by forcing owners to require plastic cups, face masks, and social distancing.
California wine grape growers are out pulling up acres of grapevines this winter after years of liberal plantings and a flattening U.S. wine demand pushed growers and vintners into an economic purgatory.
The trade war between the U.S. and China could go on for months or years, according to erratic statements from the White House, but for the first time in weeks, there is renewed optimism because China has agreed to new negotiations.
White House officials are telling the U.S. ag sector that they are going to win big in the miniature trade pact announced on Aug. 25 after Presidents Donald Trump and Shinzo Abe met on the sidelines of the annual G7 summit, but details are either not being divulged or haven’t yet been nailed down, government and industry sources tell Agri-Pulse.
Negotiations between the U.S. and China resumed this week after Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping agreed last month to try again to end their trade war, and California’s wine makers are hoping a resolution can salvage years of work to turn the Chinese into faithful customers.