There’s a lot of effort right now to support restaurant workers who have closed due to the coronavirus shutdown. One caught my eye: a campaign by Haus, the Sonoma County appetizer producer, called Restaurant Project.
I’ve been interested in Haus since it launched a year ago with the kind of instant millennial appeal and venture capital buzz that rarely accompanies wine products. It’s the work of Healdsburg couple Helena Price Hambrecht and Woody Hambrecht, who before the Haus ran a wine label called Alysian that made very delicious vermouth. Haus is vermouth – that is, flavored and fortified wine – but the company prefers the term aperitif because, as Helena says, “it’s such a new world for American drinkers, and at what do we want to make it difficult for people?”