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UnWineding: Chronicles of COVID-19

UnWinedine Podcast

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 their stories … in their own words. Thanks to Orlando composer Julian Bond for providing music for UnWineding and to Amy Tardif for editorial assistance.

 

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  • Episode 27: Open
    by Judith Smelser

    Florida's bars reopened for service this week, almost six months after the state first banned onsite alcohol consumption in a bid to slow the spread of COVID-19. And after six months of unemployment, one of our regular guests is finally back to work.

  • Episode 26: Melissa on Wine
    by Judith Smelser

    Melissa McAvoy of Orlando's Swirlery Wine Bar talks about her journey in the world of wine.

  • Episode 25: Jobs for Labor Day
    by Judith Smelser

    Florida's hospitality businesses are steadily reopening, and industry workers are relieved they're starting to find employment again, just in time for Labor Day.

  • Episode 24: Christina Peebles on Wine
    by Judith Smelser

    Orlando sommelier, server, and bartender Christina Peebles talks about her journey in the wine industry.

  • Episode 23: Crawling Back
    by Judith Smelser

    Some Florida bar owners are turning to food licenses to get around a ban on alcohol service that has been in place almost continuously since mid-March, but business is slow to return. With bars still effectively shut down and more restaurants closing for good, prospects for the state's food and wine professionals is still shaky at best.

  • Episode 22: Rob Talks Wine
    by Judith Smelser

    Rob Chase of Orlando's Digress Wine talks about his journey in the wine industry.

  • Episode 21: Endless Summer
    by Judith Smelser

    As Florida's slow summer season drags on, bar owners are still playing a waiting game, while state and local governments consider when it might be safe for them to serve drinks again. The state’s out of work bartenders, servers, and sommeliers face a financial cliff, now that the federal unemployment benefit has expired and the status of a presidential executive order reinstating it is unclear. 

  • Episode 20: Desperation
    by Judith Smelser

    Florida regulators have started touring bars around the state, trying to find a safe way to lift the ban on onsite drink service without sparking a new spike in COVID-19 cases. Some struggling bar owners say they can't afford to wait much longer for the state to act.

  • Episode 19: Workarounds
    by Judith Smelser

    Frustrated Florida bar owners are turning to creative interpretations of coronavirus rules that ban them from serving alcohol.

  • Episode 18: Looking Back
    by Judith Smelser

    Four months after UnWineding started following three Orlando wine professionals through the COVID-19 crisis, we look back at where it all started.

 

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