We have family members in our household who are looking forward to celebrating their 90th birthdays this summer, so we've been thinking a lot about COVID-19 (coronavirus) this week, like everyone else.

Our tasting room will reopen for the season as usual from April 4th (hours: 12-5 PM, Saturday, Sunday, and stat holidays until fall), and we hope that COVID-19 somehow won't make it to Vancouver Island. We know that's not realistic though. So we wanted to update you on COVID-19 plans.

Wine is clearly an essential, amiright? We've got the Health Minister advising Canadians to stock up on two-week supplies, and I don't know about you but if I had to choose between no t.p. and no wine, my library collection would be in grave peril. So we need a plan here.

To that end and more seriously, we expect that there may be a time this spring when we'll need to limit public tasting room hours and when the market may be suspended or restricted.

In view of current concerns, we are offering free local delivery in the downtown core and on the Saanich peninsula and waiving our usual one-case minimum for free local delivery this spring. (We always offer free local delivery for wine orders by the case.)

Delivery wines need to be pre-ordered and pre-paid by credit card or Interac (no cash), and acceptance does need to be in-person by someone 19+ per law. We will verify ID via cell phone from three meters at your doorstep. We are happy to book regular weekly standing orders. Obviously, this is for as long as we're able ourselves and up to our capacity.

So keep calm and carry on. We have a wine contingency plan.

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