The emergence of the Corona Virus (COVID-19) has changed our day-to-day life for the present time; differences between today and even just a week ago are huge. In addition to practicing good handwashing and frequent disinfecting, there are now new steps like social distancing and crowd deterrence being recommended as necessary to slow and hopefully reduce the rampant spread of the virus.
The health and safety of our customers, staff, and the public at large is always our highest priority. After much conversation and prayerful consideration, we have decided that for the immediate future, our tasting room and facilities will not be open to the public until the CDC social distancing recommendations can be relaxed.
We had already begun to modify our operations by serving customers only on our open-air pavilion, along with increasing the frequency of cleanings and sanitation practices on door handles, restrooms, tables, etc., using hand sanitizer, serving with gloves, and so forth; but we were concerned that this might not be enough. Although we aren’t into panic, we do want to be prudent where health is concerned. As a society, we will never know if we have over-reacted or done too much, but sadly we will learn if we have under-reacted and done too little; and offering an environment for people to congregate and socialize in just does not feel like a prudent option to us. While this is not an easy decision, the knowledge that this small effort on our part could prevent someone from exposure to the disease if another customer were to be a carrier without being aware of it; makes this the only plausible choice for us.
Online sales and onsite bottle purchases are still available of course, just call or text (979) 571-1232 beforehand to make sure someone is here. If you pay with cash, check, or online with PayPal, we will bring your order out to the parking lot so you don’t even have to get out of your car. Wine club members can email us their order to receive the discounted pricing. We appreciate your support and patronage, and look forward to re-opening the tasting room as soon as that CDC graph flattens out!