Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Wine, Travel and Food News From Vino-Sphere

A roundup of travel, wine and food news from our worldwide sources.

Popular Vintners Resort to Reopen With New Health and Wellness Measures

Vintners Resort
Vintners Resort, the AAA Four-Diamond Sonoma County luxury hotel, was scheduled to reopen on July 1. The property is now accepting reservations for overnight stays, as well as dining at John Ash & Co. restaurant and The Front Room Bar & Lounge; River Vine Restaurant, Vi La Vita Spa and the Events Center will remain temporarily closed.

“We are eager to see guests enjoy Vintners Resort once again,” says Rhonda Carano, who owns and oversees the 92-acre resort complex and adjacent vineyards. “Over the past three months the incredible team, led by General Manager Percy Brandon, has considered every aspect of the Vintners Resort experience and operations to ensure the health and safety of both guests and staff. With the recent sale of Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery, my focus is now entirely on Vintners Resort and ensuring that those wellness measures are coupled with hospitality excellence.”

New and returning guests to the property will discover both physical changes and service enhancements designed to preserve health and well-being, from enhanced bell service to exchanging in-room amenities like coffeemakers to the newly-created staff position of “Resort Care Coordinator,” who will constantly walk the property to ensure all wellness measures are being followed.

Markham Vineyards Honors Veterans, First Responders and Community Heroes With Release Of New Red Blend "The Altruist"

Markham Vineyards
Markham Napa Valley Vineyards has released a new wine, "The Altruist," a Bordeaux-style red blend dedicated to honoring our nation's veterans, first responders and community heroes who courageously defend and preserve our freedoms and security 365 days a year.

The release of "The Altruist" launches with Markham's charitable donation to, and partnership with the Gary Sinise Foundation, whose mission is to serve our nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need.

"The Altruist" is a Merlot-based red blend of Napa Valley grapes predominantly from Markham's estate vineyards from the 2017 vintage and releases in June nationally at $29.99 retail.

Tranquility Bay

Play it Safe at Tranquility Bay Resort's Unique Florida Keys Beach Houses

Visitors can rest easy at Tranquility Bay Resort in the Florida Keys after the palm-lined paradise reopened June 1. The property offers space to relax with unique standalone beach houses with private entrances, onsite water sports, a private beach, three pools and its new Safety & Well-being Promise.

General Manager, Bob Bauersachs said, “Tranquility Bay's open-air public spaces and uniquely private beach houses provide the perfect solution for guests concerned about safety and well-being while wanting to get away. With private entrances and no public hallways or elevators, our customers appreciate this peace of mind.”

The 103-room resort attracts mostly couples, families and small groups traveling together. “Our guests can be completely apart from the crowd and still see the most remarkable sunsets and enjoy amazing Florida Keys activities,” said Bauersachs.

Tranquility Bay is located 90 miles south of Miami (a 2-hour drive) and 45 miles north of historic Key West. For more information, visit

Alder Springs Vineyard “A Case for a Cause” Program Extended

In response to the unprecedented hardships caused by world events, Alder Springs Vineyard is re-committing to and re-naming its philanthropic program to offer support to more beneficiaries, over an indefinite period of time. For every 12-bottle case of wine purchased from Alder Springs Vineyard, owner Stuart Bewley will forward a $200 donation to any beneficiary that the customer chooses.

“The world’s never seen anything like these times,” said Bewley. “I wanted to do something to help as so many people have lost jobs and loved ones and suffered loss of personal property. Non-profit organizations of every kind are hurting for funds. So, I’m letting my customers choose where the donation from each case goes.”
The Case for a Cause program launched on April 29 as the Shelter-in-Place Support initiative, but after stay-at-home orders were lifted, Bewley decided to keep the program in place indefinitely – which called for a new name: A Case for a Cause.

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