15 Virtual Wine Tastings Hosted By Vineyards And Wine Experts

Posted: May 21, 2020

With most Americans sheltering in place and bars and restaurants closed due to the novel coronavirus, many people are turning to online experiences for socializing.

Wineries, winemakers, and wine connoisseurs are bringing the vineyards and tasting rooms straight to living rooms with virtual wine tastings.

Many of the virtual tastings are free to join, and some ship wine right to your door as part of the package.

Many people are still self-isolating due to the novel coronavirus, which means meeting friends for a glass of wine or spending the weekend at a beautiful vineyard is out of the question for now. But that doesn't mean you can't virtually gather with family, friends, or coworkers and enjoy uncorking a favorite bottle of wine.

While tasting rooms may be closed to in-person visitors, many are bringing tastings, classes, and events directly to living rooms instead.

Virtual wine tastings are a fun way to connect, learn something new, and discover new wines. It's also an ideal way to take your tastebuds on a mini-vacation without putting on real pants. Sip a fruity Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand or relish a Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley — you might even get some inspiration for your next post-quarantine trip.

Many of the tastings are free to join, and some will send wine directly to your door as part of the package. For those that require buying your own bottles, it's easier than ever to order wines directly from vineyards or from a local alcohol delivery service.

I recently tried a virtual wine tasting myself on Coursehorse. I'm no stranger to in-person tastings thanks to my background as a travel editor, and I remember the days of drinking Chianti in Tuscany, throwing back cava in Catalonia, and sipping Chardonnay in Sonoma. I was hesitant at first about doing a virtual class since wine tastings are such sensorial experiences. A huge part of the fun for me has always been looking out at a stunning vineyard view, chatting with whoever is pouring the wine, and sometimes even getting a chance to tour the cellars and learn about the winemaking process.

By Hannah Freedman
May 19, 2020
Source and complete article: Businessinsider.com

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