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Status of Vine Connections Sake Brewers & people in Japan
To all Vine Connections suppliers, distributors, and the VC Team,
Many of you have been following the news of the devastating earthquake and ensuing tsunami in Japan, and we appreciate your concern for us (Ed fortunately got back a week ago) and our brewers. I confirmed this past Saturday that our sake/logistics/Buddhist/Shinto gurus, John Gauntner and Mark Schumacher and families, are fine. I got word this morning that all of our brewers are accounted for and are ok. Some who were in the relative vicinity lost power/water and had some damage to their brewing facilities, but nothing major from what I have heard. Some are still cut off from basic supplies, so that is a developing issue. And of course, we are praying that the nuclear power plants in that region get shut down properly and soon.
So for now, the news is better than what it could have been for our friends over there. Still plenty to worry and pray about for the people of Japan, though, so keep thinking positive thoughts and wishes for them.
We will notify further when we get updates, and any news regarding how this may affect our shipments of sake out of Japan, if at all.
Ed & Nick