Is it worth it to go wine tasting in Napa and Sonoma amid coronavirus?

Member Greg Gregory (left) from Napa and Deray Parker (right) from San Francisco meet to have wine and focaccia bread at Ashes & Diamonds winery on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, in Napa Calif.

The scene at Ashes & Diamonds, a Napa Valley winery that reopened for wine tastings earlier this month, was almost disarmingly orderly.

Seemingly every box on the coronavirus safety checklist had been checked: bathrooms accessible from outdoors. Touch-free hand sanitizer stations. Reassuring distances between guests’ tables. Instead of using normal wine glasses, the winery simply provided a stemless, plastic cup for visitors who had opted for the “picnic” option — yours to take home.

A prodigious cast of masked employees kept the order. One greeted us, another escorted us to the tasting room bar, where several more stood waiting to explain wine purchasing options, then yet another led us to our table.

Read the original article from The San Francisco Chronicle, here.