Vaccinating wine country

Kaiser vaccination courtesy of Napa Valley Vintners

California is ahead of most of the rest of the US in terms of vaccination, and wine country has led the way.

A palpable sense of relief has descended upon northern California wine country. On Wednesday 7 April the counties of Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino all moved out of the ‘Red: substantial risk’ tier and into the ‘Orange: moderate risk’ tier after their daily rates of reported new COVID-19 infections fell below six per every 100,000 people, and their rates of positive test cases fell below 5%.

Practically speaking, this means that winery tasting rooms and wine country restaurants can...