During the various stages of quarantine, shelter in place, levels of reopening, and brief periods of business as “almost” usual, I had many insightful and inspiring conversations with customers, friends, and peers in the wine and beverage industry. Everyone was trying to figure out the new normal and happy to share both their successes and challenges. During the various stages of re-opening, I was able to visit friends and industry professionals in Napa, Sonoma, Lodi, Amador, and here in Placer County. I realized early on what a small world it had become, it did not matter if I was talking to someone working for a large cooperate winery, brewery, bar, or restaurant; we were all in a similar boat. Everyone was trying to figure out each day, how to do business, and stay in business during a pandemic. Laughter, sometimes tears of frustration, and ideas were exchanged, and I realized yet again that we are truly in this together and what an amazing community we have become. So goodbye 2020 and cheers to 2021, I hope to see you all down at The Shed real soon.
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