Airing between regular episodes of the VinePair Podcast, “Covid-19 Conversations” takes an inside look at how the coronavirus crisis is impacting all areas of the alcohol business.

In this installment of Covid-19 Conversations, VinePair’s chief content officer and editor in chief, Erica Duecy, speaks with longtime sommelier Erik Segelbaum. In the past month, Segelbaum has pivoted his career from running SOMLYAY, a hospitality consultancy, to running a relief fund for out-of-work sommeliers.

As vice president of the United Sommeliers Foundation, Segelbaum discusses how quickly the landscape for the wine industry has changed in the past three months; how the USF is raising funds, including an upcoming online wine auction with Acker Merrall; how listeners can help support unemployed somms; and how somms in need can apply. Also, why now is the best time to adopt a pet.

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