It’s Real … It’s Fun … It’s Virtual!
Online Wine Tasting
Just because you may not be able to visit and wine taste at your favorite winery, or explore new wineries as you used to, doesn’t mean you can’t wine taste, experience new wines, learn, enjoy and interact with wine experts and other wine lovers like yourself; it’s just virtual. So, get comfy, kick back, get your glass ready, and don’t worry about a designated driver; revisit your old favorites while unearthing new wineries in the comfort of your own home.
SIGN UP & SIGN IN: THE TASTING ROOM IS OPEN!
Wineries have been quick to respond to our “new world” with an enticing assortment of creative, fun “virtually accessible” tasting events. You may meet with a winemaker, wine educator, winery owner, or celebrity guests. Experience virtual cave and vineyard tours and of course, a variety of special tastings! Food pairings are often times suggested, along with culinary tips and recipes.
Most wineries offer special wine packs (and discounts) to pre-order so you may explore the individual wines being discussed. Or, pull a bottle from your own cellar. Tastings are live events, generally on Zoom, Instagram or Facebook. Check out the website of your favorite winery, and wineries you have “been meaning to visit.” Come online to enjoy fun, educational, creative interactive virtual tasting wine events in the comfort of your own home.
Below is a partial listing of Napa and Sonoma wineries you may want to virtually visit. Come along, enjoy the journey.by DONALD Sonderling
Don Sonderling is a freelance writer covering California’s Wine Country lifestyle and culture, from the Central Coast up through the Napa Valley. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out the websites or follow these wineries online for exciting new experiences in Virtual Tasting
Customize your ZD virtual tasting experience with your choice of classic, reserve, or library wines. During your tasting, one of the hospitality professionals will guide you through an engaging discussion of each of your wine selections.
Bennett Lane Winery
The tasting will be hosted by one of a hospitality professional. Once you purchase your customized wine set, you will get Zoom invite to your private event. Price varies with wine selection
Robert Mondavi Winery
• A Taste of Wine Country – Enjoy a guided virtual tasting of three wines followed by a live cooking demo with the winery chef.
• Napa Classics – A virtual grape-to-glass journey! Enjoy a guided tasting followed by a discussion about the story of the wines you've tasted.
• Summer Sundays – Experience the magic of food, wine and the performing arts from your home this summer with bi-weekly virtual events. Benefiting Napa Valley student music programs and additional non-profits selected by performers.
Enjoy a customizable “Happy Hour” with a Wine Educator who will provide you with a virtual tasting of any of the wines in the Davis Estates portfolio. Included in a purchase of three or more bottles
Grgich Hills Estate
Enjoy a virtual experience with knowledgeable wine educators. Join with club members to meet new people or organize a group of you and your friends to all join! Contact email@example.com!
V. Sattui Winery
• Virtual Thirsty Thursday for Wine-of-the-Month Club – Thursday, August 20, 3-4 p.m. PT
Wine-of-the-Month club members: Live virtual tasting and cooking demonstration with expert hosts and chefs. www.facebook.com/vsattui1885
• Celebrate National Red Wine Day! – Friday, August 28, 3-4 p.m. PT – This special event will feature
V. Sattui’s president, winemakers, chefs, and most popular personalities. Take a deep dive into the world of red wine!
Rombauer Vineyards offers you and your guests (up to 30 total) a special Zoom adventure. Join them and one of their tasting room hosts for a personal wine tasting experience. Explore the story and wines of Rombauer. Check their website, get your group (and wines) together, sip back and enjoy. Of course, special wine packages are available. It’s your own private Rombauer Hour – where you will learn about the wines and history of this 40-year-old iconic food and wine family.
Knights Bridge Winery
Virtual Tastings – Enjoy an elegant tasting of Knights Bridge wines that represent the character and personality of Knights Valley Estate – one bottle of 2018 KB Estate Sauvignon Blanc, a half bottle of 2015 Pont De Chevalier Chardonnay and a half bottle of 2015 Knights Bridge Cabernet from Knights Valley ($95) or choose your own from current releases and library wines. Call or email Kenji Yoshida, (707) 812-4487 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peju Napa Valley
Virtual experiences continue with weekly tastings! Join hosts Sara Fowler and Lisa Peju live on Facebook or Zoom, Thursdays at 4 p.m. PT.
• Thursday, August 13 - Making a Reserve: 2015 Cabernet Franc Reserve
• Thursday, August 20 - Pinot Noir Clones: 2016 Calmére Clone 667 Pinot Noir & Clone Pommard Pinot Noir
• Thursday, August 27 - Petit Verdot: 2016 The Beginning (wine club exclusive)
Join them for their Shelter in Place (SiP) Virtual Happy Hour. Visit their website for their schedule of events which also includes a list of celebrity guests joining in during these fun, informative live sessions on Instagram and Facebook. And, check out their special “virtual happy hour kit” of fine wines, so you may sip along!
Frank Family Vineyards
Join and taste along with the Frank Family team as they exchange stories, tasting tidbits, and friendly banter. Both private and public tastings are available. Public tastings are broadcasted bi-weekly on Zoom. The next scheduled event, Pinot and Paella, is on Saturday, August 22 at 2 p.m. Register on the website via Zoom and purchase wines to taste along. Virtual events are planned through the end of the year.
Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery
Book a 30-minute, private virtual tasting with a hospitality team member who will join you via Zoom to sip and chat through some of your favorite FC wines.
Through Zoom tasting experiences La Rochelle can provide the perfect forum for you and your group of friends. Take advantage of some very special pricing on your sample order. Go to the website to order your samples. Once they arrive, contact La Rochelle to schedule your personalized tasting experience.
Alexander Valley Winegrowers
A Chef’s Journey Through Alexander Valley
Thursdays through September 3 at 4:30 p.m. pt
Join Alexander Valley winemakers, local chefs, and wine journalist moderators for a weekly one-hour virtual tasting of premium wines from this unique appellation.
Get to know the Breathless Sisters and Winemaker Penny … learn about sparkling wine and have a little fun including sparkling trivia, prizes and sometimes, a special guest! And Penny always has something delicious cooking to pair with the featured wine of each tasting. Check for the next virtual tasting.
Chateau St. Jean
Purchase four Chateau St. Jean Reserve wines: 2014 Cinq Cepages, 2017 Reserve Chardonnay, 2016 8555 Blend, 2016 Reserve Pinot Noir and get a 45 minute private tasting session with a wine professional via Zoom, Microsoft Teams or Skype. To customize your own virtual event, inquire with Liane: email@example.com
Virtual tastings are complimentary with purchase. For more information about setting up your virtual experience, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (707) 934-8604.
Call today to purchase wines and schedule your virtual tasting! Available daily and included with purchase! Email email@example.com.