Member Memo - April 21, 2020

Our office is CLOSED until further notice.
As an FYI - we did make a $500 donation to Costeau Bakery, for their bread baking program, which is a dontation to Sonoma Family Meal. They are working to help support the Redwood Empire Food Bank.

Locals Can #SipSonoma

For the month of May we will be promoting the wineries that are offeing curbside pick-up or FREE (or almost free) local delivery. If YOU are offering either of those optoins, please let me know by this Friday. We wil be promting this via local radio advertising and on social for the month of May.  If you have a landing page for customers to click and see the details, please send that.

Virtual Tastings and Wine Specials...

UPDATE: When you add events to our website the online form has been updated, there is now a check off box for you to select:
- Virtual Tasting
- Wine Specials
- Shipping Offers
When customers go to the Winery Event link they are able to seach by those categories. 
Please continue to add your special offers to our Event Calendar at We are running a digital ad campaign to promote the link.
Make sure YOUR "event" is listed.

With everyone at home, we're getting some great traction with our podcast. We are posting weekly and it would be GREAT if you coud share the link as well.
Home page - links to all episodes:
Episode - Home Alone

#SipSonoma $5 Shipping

We continue to encourage folks to order wine. We're promoting a $5 shipping offer, using the promo code SipSonoma, through April 30.
Many wineries want to continue running the $5 shipping offer through May. We wil continue to promote that, but you need to let me know if you want to stil be included in May. If I don't hear from you, I will assume you are done in April and I'll remove you from the list.
You can share the link to the webpage AND the video

$1000 Farm Grants

This information is from Andrew Smith, Agricultural Commissioner:
A few of you asked for the link to the organization that is giving farmers $1,000 grants that I heard about from Permit Sonoma.  It’s through the American Farmland Trust:  Their program is the Farmer Relief Fund, which has applications open for this first round of funding until 4/23/2020. 

Wine Industry Network

Two dates to keep in mind:
Wine & Weed - Aug. 6th
3-Tier Symposium - new date Sept. 3rd
Details in the links, questions contact: Jackie Winquist

I thought this was worth sharing, though not Wine Road or work related...

(author unknown)
I heard that we are all in the same boat, but it's not like that. We are in the same storm, but not in the same boat. Your ship could be shipwrecked and mine might not be. Or vice versa.
For some, quarantine is optimal. A moment of reflection, of re-connection, easy in flip flops, with a cocktail or coffee. For others, this is a desperate financial & family crisis.
For some that live alone they're facing endless loneliness. While for others it is peace, rest & time with their mother, father, sons & daughters.
With the $600 weekly increase in unemployment some are bringing in more money to their households than they were working. Others are working more hours for less money due to pay cuts or loss in sales.
Some families of 4 just received $3400 from the stimulus while other families of 4 saw $0.
Some were concerned about getting a certain candy for Easter while others were concerned if there would be enough bread, milk and eggs for the weekend.
Some want to go back to work because they don't qualify for unemployment and are running out of money. Others want to kill those who break the quarantine.
Some are home spending 2-3 hours/day helping their child with online schooling while others are spending 2-3 hours/day to educate their children on top of a 10-12 hour workday.
Some have experienced the near death of the virus, some have already lost someone from it and some are not sure if their loved ones are going to make it. Others don't believe this is a big deal.
Some have faith in God and expect miracles during this 2020. Others say the worst is yet to come.
So, friends, we are not in the same boat. We are going through a time when our perceptions and needs are completely different.
Each of us will emerge, in our own way, from this storm. It is very important to see beyond what is seen at first glance. Not just looking, actually seeing.
We are all on different ships during this storm experiencing a very different journey.
Unknown author

Be well everyone - Beth
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