The convoluted logic behind California’s winery tasting room reopening plan

Wine is poured during a tasting at Reeve Winery in Healdsburg, California on June 29, 2017.

To reopen or not to reopen?

For wineries in some counties, like Sonoma, that is the question. As of last weekend, Sonoma is the only Bay Area county where wineries have gotten the greenlight to introduce outdoor wine tastings since shelter-in-place orders went into effect March 17. Other parts of the state with major wine industries, like Santa Barbara County, are slowly seeing some wineries resume tastings too.

In other words, for now it’s a patchwork, with some wineries allowed to open and others still prohibited. Why? Because winery tasting rooms aren’t included in California’s Stage 2 plans — part of the state’s phased-in process of reopening the economy after shelter-in-place — unless they serve full meals. Which turns out to be a thornier issue than many wine drinkers might expect.

Read the original article in the San Francisco Chronicle, here.