Newsom Orders Wineries to Shut Down, But the One He Owns Remains Open

Gov. Gavin Newsom will drink to that!

Despite putting new guidelines into place in order to slow the coronavirus resurgence in the Golden State, a Napa winery and tasting room partially owned by the state’s liberal governor has remained open, a report said Thursday.

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Fox 26 News reported that Newsom owns part of the PlumpJack Group, which owns the winery.

“I have good news,” Andrew Gruel, the owner of the restaurant Slapfish, tweeted. “At least Gavin Newsom’s personal winery and tasting room (indoors) is staying open. Phew.

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Red State reported earlier this week that wineries in the state were told to close for three weeks since the beginning of the month. But Sacramento’s move faced criticism because the four wineries owned by PlumpJack were apparently not affected by the order. (The website reported on Friday that PlumpJack had a change of heart and was informing those with reservations that these venues would be closed due to “logistical issues.”)

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The conservative news website obtained a voice message from PlumpJack that mentioned the cancelations but then offered to “transfer” the RSVP to its Odette Estate Winery, which indicates that at least one of his wineries would remain open.

Newsom comes from one of the most powerful families in California. His father, the late Judge William Newsom, was the attorney for some of San Francisco’s most powerful families, including the Gettys. Cal Matters reported that after Newsom retired from the bench, he worked directly for billionaire Gordon Getty. The article said Gavin was essentially adopted into the Getty family. Obtaining power becomes a lot easier when you have billionaire friends.

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Reports that the winery in the state will remain open seem to support the claim that the lockdown rules do not apply for everyone. Established families with political clout seem to get to pick the winners and losers.

One Twitter user defended Newsom and said that the story is being blown way out of proportion. The user wrote that Newsom merely owns a piece of the winery and said other wineries in the area are also opened.

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But others pointed to the fact that the recent state guidelines say “bars must close all operations.” It was not immediately clear what the difference is—as far as disease transmission—from sipping wine inside a tasting room and drinking a beer at the bar.

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