By Monica Showalter
It is good to be PlumpJack.
That’s the name of California governor Newsom’s winery, founded by Newsom himself and his good friend Gordon Getty. And by a wild coincidence, PlumpJack’s somehow exempt from shutdown based on the accident of its location, tony Napa county, which is exempt from Newsom’s latest order to shut down.
Others, not so much. According to Fox26:
FRESNO, Calif. — Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered the closures of certain businesses across 19 counties in California Wednesday, in response to the growing daily number of novel coronavirus cases (COVID-19) in recent weeks. Those counties included Fresno, Kern, Kings, Merced and Tulare in the Central Valley.
The closures included restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos and museums, cardrooms, and bars. Gov. Newsom’s winery and tasting room in Napa Valley remained open as of the July 1, 2020 order.
Not so lucky are the big wineries, the E & J Gallo operations, including its huge operation in Livingston, California, the world’s biggest. Gallo’s had the unlucky accident of being situated in Merced County, in the state’s center and on the shutdown list. Its vast winery and wine-tasting rooms are closed. Its workers will likely be laid off. Too bad about that. Maybe PlumpJack can buy up the pieces once the post-bankruptcy fire sale is on. more