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Whether it’s a special bottle for a holiday dinner or a pandemic-appropriate tasting experience, Bay Area wineries provide a bevy of options for gift givers. Here are 10 options that showcase the region’s dazzling diversity of varietals and vintners.
Sonoma wine scion Jill Benziger leads private, virtual tastings for the holidays for $149, including shipping of three bottles from either Benziger Family Winery (renowned for green farming practices) or Imagery Estate Winery in Glen Ellen. Sample Imagery’s 2018 White Burgundy, 2018 Noir Nouveau and 2017 Barbera, crafted by sister Jamie Benziger, or Benziger winemaker Lisa Amaroli’s 2018 West Rows Chardonnay, 2017 Bella Luna Pinot Noir and 2016 Three Blocks Cabernet Sauvignon. To book a 45-minute session, email events@
benziger.com or call 707-935-3010.
Based in Oakland, the McBride Sisters Collection is said to be the largest Black-owned wine company in the country, with affordable, aromatic wines reflecting the New Zealand heritage of Andréa McBride John and the Monterey ties of half-sister Robin McBride. Their Black Girl Magic Collection’s newly released New Zealand Sparkling Brut ($25) can add sparkle to brunch or dinner, while a digital gift card ($25, $50 or $100) should suit any taste.
Heralded for its Zinfandel, Brown Estate Vineyards is also a Black-owned family business. Company president Deneen Brown, winegrower David Brown and winemaking director Coral Brown grew up growing grapes in eastern Napa before starting their own Napa winery in 1996. New releases of 2018 vintages include a Howell Mountain or El Dorado Zinfandel…
Eligibility is opening in areas hardest hit by the pandemic.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom introduced a new regional framework Thursday for combating the coronavirus that divides the state into five regions.
The geographical groupings of counties are based on hospital networks, and if a region drops below 15% intensive care unit capacity, it must comply with a new stay-at-home order.
When the new shutdown rules go into effect, residents of that region cannot gather and certain businesses sectors must close.
Here’s a rundown of the five regions and counties that fall into each:
Northern California: Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, Trinity
Bay Area: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma
Greater Sacramento: Alpine, Amador, Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Sierra, Sutter, Yolo, Yuba
San Joaquin Valley: Calaveras, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, San Benito, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tulare, Tuolumne
Southern California: Imperial, Inyo, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura
While Newsom said none of the regions fall under the order now, state projections show all counties are on track to move into a shutdown in December.
“The five regions that we have highlighted, most of these four out of the five, we anticipate as early as the next day or two, as early or rather as late as the next week or so, that the Greater Sacramento, Northern California regions, as well as San Joaquin Valley and Southern California regions will have reached that 15% or less ICU capacity,” Newsom said. “The Bay Area may have a few…