I wanted to reach out and let you know what we have done, and will continue to do at Wine Hooligans to “KEEP THE WINE FLOWING” during this very difficult period.
Thankfully, wine production has been protected in California as an “essential” business. Even though we have a “Stay At Home” order in California, our production staff is allowed to come into work and perform our winemaking, bottling and warehousing functions.
We have taken multiple steps to make our facility as virus free as possible. Nothing is perfect, but we are doing everything we can to make that happen.
We are even supporting our local restaurants by bringing in lunch everyday for our production team members during this time. This also reduces food coming into the facility from unknown sources.
As most of you know, we service a wide variety of sales channels in the wine consumption world. We have, and will continue to, keep more than adequate supply of case goods available to order for all those channels.
We continue to increase our wine supply into our cellars in order to continue bottling and creating case goods for each of those channels. We don’t see any issue in continuing to fill orders.
Our Finance, Marketing, and Administrative teams are working off site as much as possible. We are distancing ourselves from each other as much as possible to reduce our possibility of infection. Thank goodness for Microsoft Teams and internet connectivity. This simply would not have been an option several years ago. I am getting used to meeting with people on a screen. I have finally trained myself not to look at my image and look at faces.
On a personal note, I only leave my house to get groceries, which has given me a new appreciation of being a “gray panther”. If you’re over 60, they let you in early at my local market to shop before the “regular” people are let in. I find myself looking at my fellow customers and asking myself, “what am I doing with all these old people?”. Then I realize……I am old!
Being old gives you a little perspective. Not as much as I would like, but better than none. In my lifetime I have seen our world survive wars, terrorist attacks, recessions and 70’s music. We will survive this.
I hope you, your families, your friends and business associates are safe and healthy. When we come out the other side of this, we will be smarter and better. The next time I hear about some virus break out somewhere in the world, I think I will pay a little more attention.