Just because you can't check out a winery due to the recent coronavirus outbreak, which has spread across the globe, that doesn't mean you can't take part in some truly grape times. In the comforts of your apartment, you can take part in these virtual wine tastings. Recreate your very own winery experience while you relax on the couch. All you need to do is find a tasting that speaks to your soul and enjoy as you stream any of these tasting videos.
Nowadays, it seems like more and more businesses are trying to find online ways to peak the interests of their consumers, and these wineries truly know what's up. A virtual wine tasting allows you to learn so much more about your favorite wines or discover new blends by getting a lesson from the winemakers and experts.
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Get your whole crew involved with a wine tasting you can all agree on. You can even start a weekly tradition like Wine Wednesday, depending on when your chosen virtual wine tasting is taking place. With any of these six wine tastings to choose from, it'll feel like you're amongst the vines without ever having to leave home sweet home.
1. Modus Operandi Wine
Modus Operandi in Napa Valley is offering interactive virtual wine tastings starting on Apr. 5, 2020. When you sign up for a wine tasting ($299), you'll receive a package that includes four different wines to enjoy during the tasting.
Modus Operandi is also offering two additional options if the listed dates aren't good for you. There's a Private Live option to find a time with one of their winemakers, and the On Demand option, which isn't live, but allows you to enjoy your tasting when it works best with your schedule.
2. Inman Family Wines
Inman Family Wines in Santa Rosa, California is hosting a "Meet the Maker Happy Hour" online starting in April. They're offering a variety of three packs of their wines that you can have shipped. The packs you can choose from are a variety of rosés, sparkling wines, pinot noirs, or a combo of all three ($84-$216).
3. Clos Du Val
4. Jessup Cellars
Jessup Cellars in Yountville, California is also hosting virtual wine tastings. Purchase your favorite bottles from their online wine shop, and use the promo code JC2020 for a special $20 shipping rate. Once you have your bottles delivered to you, you can contact them through email or phone to schedule your personal virtual tasting.
5. St. Supéry Estate Vineyards
6. Priority Wine Pass
Priority Wine Pass really lets you experience as many wine tastings as you want. All you need to do is purchase one of their many packages from different wine experts, and schedule a time that works for you. You can even schedule with your friends, so your whole crew can get in on the fun.
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