Small samples in a big pandemic

Three taster wine bottles - samples in a pandemic

Samantha Cole-Johnson, our intrepid 26-year-old winery intern (ex Willamette and Barossa), reports on the effects of coronavirus-related restrictions on her contacts throughout the wine world.

Just over two weeks ago, as I explained in Diary of a Barossa casual – part 7, I had to fly back early from Australia and move in with my grandmother in the Pacific Northwest. All of the plans I had made evaporated overnight. I had to apply for unemployment benefits, and start looking for vineyard work.

During this time, I was in communication with friends who had also been working as vintage casuals...