Episode 5: Groundhog Day

 

Anxiety is setting in for Orlando’s food and wine professionals, as they realize the smallest of America’s small businesses seem to be at the back of the line for government rescue funds. Despite the struggle to stay positive and solvent as the crisis drags on and the days run together, they’re conflicted about reopening the economy. Meanwhile, a sick parent considers going back to work, and a child steps into adulthood in the midst of the pandemic.

Thanks to Orlando composer Julian Bond for providing original music for UnWineding, Amy Tardif for editorial guidance, and WMFE for distribution and promotional assistance.

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UnWineding Episode 4: Wait & Worry

 

The COVID-19 pandemic is deep into its second month, and help is slow to arrive for businesses and employees affected by the economic fallout. Personal finances are feeling the pinch, prompting some who work in Orlando’s hard-hit food and wine industry to re-evaluate their long-term plans … and even their hair color! Meanwhile, concerns continue about a sick parent, a vulnerable kid, and a beloved pet. 

Thanks to Orlando composer Julian Bond for providing original music for UnWineding, Amy Tardif for editorial guidance, and WMFE for distribution and promotional assistance.

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UnWineding Episode 3: Bills

 

As the COVID-19 pandemic enters its second month, it’s crunch time for many of the businesses and workers affected by shutdowns intended to stop the disease from spreading – including those we’re following in Orlando’s wine industry. Bills are coming due just as a statewide stay-at-home order takes effect.

Thanks to Orlando composer Julian Bond for providing original music for UnWineding and to Amy Tardif for editorial assistance.

Restaurants offer deep wine discounts; Wine businesses not affected by governor’s stay-home order

These days, just about every business that’s still selling wine is doing so at a discount. It would be newsworthy to find a shop or restaurant not offering some kind of deal.

Savvy observers may notice restaurants are offering especially deep price cuts, with many selling bottles from their wine lists at 50% off. Discounts at retail establishments tend to average around 15-20%.

Why the difference? Because restaurants generally charge patrons between two and four times what they pay their distributors for a bottle of wine; the retail markup, by contrast, is usually only 1.5 times. Cutting restaurant prices in half will get the costs down to around what consumers are likely to pay retail.

But many restaurants can offer producers and vintages that are hard to find in retail settings.

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UnWineding Episode 2: Stay-at-Home

 

Three Orlando wine professionals consider how a new stay-at-home order will affect their livelihoods, amid rising concerns about their families and colleagues.

About UnWineding

When the COVID-19 pandemic erupted around the world, restaurants and bars suddenly found themselves on the front lines of an economy that was rapidly shutting down. In Orlando, one of America’s hospitality capitals, people who make their living in the area’s blossoming wine community scrambled to adjust to ever-changing rules and realities.

Their experiences will become part of the history of this extraordinary moment in time.

UnWineding tells that story in their own words.

Thanks to Orlando composer Julian Bond for providing music for UnWineding and to Amy Tardif for editorial assistance.

Orlando Wine Events Go Virtual

As Central Florida wine businesses continue to adapt to the new COVID-19 reality, some are taking tastings and events into the virtual space.

Tomorrow (Friday) at 4pm, The Parkview will be live-streaming a tasting discussion on its Facebook page. The three featured wines are for sale in advance from the Park Ave. restaurant and wine bar.

Luisa’s Cellar in Sanford will host a similar virtual happy hour tomorrow at 5pm, with wines available beforehand. Owner Yellymary Quintero-Weyer has also launched a new brand, The Vino Dame, which will hold a series of wine webinars in the weeks to come.

The Tasty Trio is planning a virtual version of their popular “Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate – Perfectly Paired” event next Wednesday, with all the elements available in pick-up packs ahead of time.

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UnWineding Episode 1: The Beginning

 

When the COVID-19 pandemic erupted around the world, restaurants and bars suddenly found themselves on the front lines of an economy that was rapidly shutting down. In Orlando, one of America’s hospitality capitals, people who make their living in the area’s blossoming wine community scrambled to adjust to ever-changing rules and realities.

Their experiences will become part of the history of this extraordinary moment in time.

UnWineding tells that story in their own words.

This new podcast from Orlando Wine Blog will follow Central Florida wine professionals over time, as the fallout from COVID-19 continues to unfold over the coming weeks and months.

Editorial assistance from Amy Tardif

Music: https://www.purple-planet.com