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The Age of Virtual Wine Tastings

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By Sophie Brochu
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If there’s one great thing to come out of 2020, it’s the slew of virtual wine tastings. Wineries everywhere are shipping bottles cross-country and offering accompanying online tastings, from custom sessions to sommelier-led classes. Gather together—online—or treat yourself, and sip wine from the comfort of home. Hear the stories behind specific vintages and varietals, learn about where your wine comes from, and raise a glass. Cheers to the age of virtual tastings.

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Rideau Vineyard

6 Wines One-on-One

Solvang

Rideau Vineyard has been producing acclaimed, small-lot wines for over two decades. The winery is situated on a 14-acre, organically-farmed estate vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley. When you book a virtual tasting, the team will ship six premium wines to your doorstep in convenient 2oz glass vials. Choose from a mixed flight of whites and reds, or go with an all-red flight. You’ll be able to taste the wines with one of Rideau’s team members in a one-on-one Zoom meeting.

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ONX Wines

A Dedicated In-Depth Tasting

Paso Robles

In the shotgun of the Templeton Gap, the 127-acre ONX estate vineyard is home to complex soils, views of the historic Santa Rita Creek, and some of the most dynamic temperature swings in the Paso Robles AVA. This all leads to delightfully complex wines filled with nuanced flavors of minerality, earthiness, and intricacy. Get a tasting kit and schedule a dedicated private tasting on your media platform of choice. For approximately one hour, an ONX host will describe the wines and tell the stories behind them.

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Artiste Winery & Tasting Studio

Taste with the Winemaker

Los Olivos

Artiste is a winery and tasting studio modeled after Hotel Baudy, a tiny inn in Giverny, France, where the Impressionism movement blossomed in the 19th century. Winemaker Bion Rice combines old-world blending traditions with new-world terroir, then works with local artists to create one-of-a-kind labels. Book a virtual tasting and you’ll receive a 3-bottle sample set of the Rose Irelan blends. When booking, upgrade your experience with an appearance by Bion Rice. He’ll tell the Artiste story, describe the winemaking and blending process, and answer any questions you may have about art and wine.

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Sanguis

In the Cloud

Santa Barbara

This small but motley crew creates wines with extraordinary character. They believe beautiful wine can be made through hard work, ongoing experimentation, and pushing the limits by exploring new directions. Book a virtual tasting and the team will ship wines from their cellar to your doorstep. Meet a member of the winemaking team “in the cloud” (on Zoom) and your guide will take you through five wines while explaining the process and philosophy behind Sanguis. Tasting experiences are available any day of the week.

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Archery Summit Winery

Virtual Social Hour

Dayton

Gary Andrus launched Archery Summit in 1993, infatuated by Pinot Noir and the capacity the Willamette Valley seemed to have for it. The Dundee Hills in particular caught his eye because it shares similar growing conditions with Burgundy, France, and some of the most acclaimed Pinot Noir vineyards on earth. Now, you can visit Archery Summit from the comfort of your couch. Choose up to three wines in this custom and complimentary tasting experience. The hospitality team will join you via Zoom to taste, talk, and explore those bottles.

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Zo Wines

SIP with the Winemaker

Healdsburg

At Zo Wines, it’s all about the right fruit, from the right places, grown with the right people. The Triple Ten vineyard was named for its heavenly perfection of ten acres. As they describe, “Ten in Japanese is heaven, ten is a perfect score, and the vineyard is just over ten acres in size.” Organize a small group and enjoy a live, private wine tasting with the winemaker. You’ll receive a wine tasting kit with six award-winning, small-lot wines in sample-sized (50ml) bottles. Spend the hour discussing aromas, flavors, and food pairings.

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John Anthony Vineyards

Custom Private Experience

Napa

John Anthony Truchard is a second-generation vintner whose heritage is rooted in Napa Valley. First and foremost, he is a farmer. Each of his terroir-driven wines tells the story of his history in Napa. John Anthony’s virtual tastings bring the Napa Valley experience to your home. Enjoy a custom private experience where you get to choose the wines you’d like to taste. An associate will send the wines to you for a privately tailored tasting.

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