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LIVE BLOG: Upcoming Virtual Wine Events Worth Checking Out

LIVE BLOG: Upcoming Virtual Wine Events Worth Checking Out

Nelson Gerena

A TVP Guide to Upcoming Virtual Wine Events

In the absence of tasting rooms, walk-around tastings and other events due to the Coronavirus pandemic, winemakers, sommeliers and educators are leveraging platforms such as Zoom and Instagram Live to bring virtual wine experiences to consumers stuck at home.

This live blog will provide a running, curated list of virtual wine events being hosted across the wine industry.

Hosting a wine event you would like added to this list? Please email us at nelson@vintnerproject.com

Friday, April 10

Virtual Panel Discussion

Who: Seavey Vineyard, Westwood Estate and Roy Estate Winery

When: 6:00PM EST

Where: Zoom – Click here to join.

About: Join three members of the @AtelierMelka group for a virtual happy hour & panel discussion as they chat about everything from vine to bottle and learn why these small-production wineries are dedicated to making world-class wine.

Thursday, April 9

Winemaker Roundtable Virtual Tasting Series

Who: Ridge Vineyards

When: 7:00PM EST

Where: Zoom – Click here to register.

About: Join the winemaking team at Ridge Vineyards as they taste and talk about their 2019 Monte Bello Assemblage and individual components. Purchase the wine in advance to taste along, or simply open one from your cellar and join in on the conversation.

#TasteWithKaren

Who: Karen MacNeil

When: 7:00PM EST

Where: Instagram @karenmacneilco

About: Join Karen MacNeil and Louis M. Martini’s winemaker Michael Eddy as they discuss what makes a cabernet age for decades and get more and more beautiful.

Monday, April 6

Virtual Tasting – Dark Matter Howell Mountain Zinfandel

Who: Angelina Mondavi

Where: Zoom Meeting (Meeting ID: 203 145 757; Password: 079458)

About: Join Angelina Mondavi for a virtual tasting of Dark Matter Howell Mountain Zinfandel. Dark Matter wines, first released in 2011 with their 2006 Zinfandel, is a collaboration between the four Mondavi sisters of the Peter Mondavi Sr. Family.

Sunday, April 5

Sunday Brunch

Who: Nicole Muscari, Vintner Project contributor & founder of The Chelsea Wine Society

When: 3:30PM EST

Where: Instagram @GrapeChic

About: In this weekly series, Nicole picks a grape or region to discuss over brunch. The topic for this week: Grower Champagne! Nicole will be joined by special guest Nicolas Rainon from @champagne_henriet_bazin. Pour yourself a glass of your favorite bubbles and join Nicole and Nicolas for a fun and informative afternoon. Follow Nicole on instagram @GrapeChic for more information.

Saturday, April 4

A Night In with Justin Baldwin: Virtual Wine Tasting

Who: JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery

When: 8:00PM EST

Where: Instagram Live @justinwine

About: Join Founder of JUSTIN Vineyards and Winery, Justin Baldwin for a one-hour tasting of his favorite wines! Justin’s planning on pouring JUSTIFICATION, ISOSCELES and JUSTIN Viognier—three of his favorites. The hour will be a great way for JUSTIN fans to chat directly with their founder and hear the stories that are legendary around the winery about where they came from and why they make the wine that they do.

Friday, April 3

Virtual Wine Tasting with Cornel & Dawie

Who: Bonobo Winery

When: 6:00 PM EST

Where: Zoom – Wine purchase required to receive code. Click here to order.

About: Join the winemaking team of Cornel & Dawie at Bonobo Winery as they taste through Bonobo’s 2019 Pinot Gris, 2019 Rosé and 2018 Pinot Noir. If you want to take part in the tasting, you’ll need a Zoom code. Buy any two bottles of wine at full price and the code will be provided to you. The winery is also offering $15 flat rate shipping to any state. Wine club members will receive the Zoom code automatically.

Thursday, April 2

Virtual Tasting Seminar with Molly Hill

Who: Sequoia Grove Winery

When: 5:00 PM EST

Where: Instagram Live @sequoiagrove

About: Join Sequoia Grove winemaker, Molly Hill for a virtual tasting of Sequoia Grove’s Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

Wednesday, April 1

IG Live Wine Tasting with Inglenook

Who: Jaclyn Misch, Founder of Tasting Grapes LLC

When: 7:30 PM EST

Where: Instagram Live @tasting_grapes

About: Join Jaclyn Misch and Associate Winemaker, Chris Phelps at Inglenook in Napa Valley as they taste through four wines from this iconic Napa producer.

Tuesday, March 31

IG Live with Château Fourcas Dupré

Who: Jeff Harding, Wine Director at Waverly Inn

When: 10:00 AM EST

Where: Instagram Live @jeffharding

About: Join Jeff Harding as he chats live with Lucas Leclercq, winemaker at Château Fourcas Dupré in Bordeaux, France.

Monday, March 30

IG Live with Château Climens

Who: Jeff Harding, Wine Director at Waverly Inn

When: 10:00 AM EST

Where: Instagram Live @jeffharding

About: Join Jeff Harding as he chats live with Bordeaux powerhouse, Bérénice Lurton, proprietor and winemaker at Château Climens in Barsac, France.

Virtual Wine Tasting with Winemaker Stéphane Vivier

Who: Long Meadow Ranch

When: 5:30 PM EST & 8:30 PM EST

Where: Instagram Live @longmeadowranch

About: Join Anderson Valley winemaker, Stéphane Vivier and Jess Meisel for a virtual wine tasting. They will feature three Long Meadow Ranch wines – 2018 Rosé of Pinot Noir, 2016 Pinot Noir and 2016 Chardonnay from their Anderson Valley vineyards.

Sunday, March 29

Sunday Brunch

Who: Nicole Muscari, Vintner Project contributor & founder of The Chelsea Wine Society

When: 3:30PM EST

Where: Instagram @GrapeChic

About: In this weekly series, Nicole picks a grape or region to discuss over brunch. The topic for this week: Provençal Rosé! Pour yourself a glass of your favorite Rosé and join Nicole and The Chelsea Wine Society for a fun and informative afternoon. Follow Nicole on instagram @GrapeChic for more information.

Saturday, March 28

Virtual Happy Hour

Who: Toca Madera Winery

When: 5:00PM EST

Where: Instagram @tocamaderawinery

About: Open up your Toca Madera wines and sip along to their Instagram live stream as their winemaker Shayne Vetter answers your questions and describes the process behind creating the award winning wines you’ll be tasting! Use promo code: TMHH2020 for 20% off all wines.

Virtual Tasting from our Cellar

Who: Vineyard 7 & 8

When: 6:00PM EST

Where: Instagram @v7and8

About: Join Estate Director/Associate Winemaker, Wesley Steffens for a “Virtual Tasting from our Cellar.” Wesley will be pulling some Chardonnay from the library and answering questions live. No matter what, grab whatever wine you’d like and enjoy an afternoon with Wesley and Vineyard 7 & 8.

#WineTV

Who: McClain Cellars

When: 10:00PM EST

Where: Free wine webinar – Click here to register

About: Join Jason McClain of McClain Cellars for a virtual wine tasting session, exciting motivational moments and much more. All you need to enjoy this amazing moment is a glass of McClain Cellars in your hand and a true desire to “hang out” and have fun.”

Friday, March 27

Rajat Parr Live Chat with Domaine Chapel

Who: Domaine Chapel & Rajat Parr

When: 4:30PM EST

Where: Instagram @rajparrwines

About: Crack open a bottle of Beaujolais and join Domaine Chapel on March 27th, while they chat live with @rajparrwines . They’ll be opening some 2014s and discussing changes in the region in the last several vintages. 

DRINKWELL: A Virtual Tasting Series

Who: Walsh Family Wines

When: 5:00PM EST

Where: Facebook @WalshFamilyWine

About: A series of virtual wine tastings hosted by Walsh Family Wine with producers, importers, growers and other industry professionals connected to the wines being featured. Learn a bit about interesting wines and have fun in a virtual group setting.

Virtual Riesling Flight

Who: Weis Vineyards

When: 6:00PM EST

Where: Facebook @WeisVineyards

About: Peter & Ashlee Weis of Weis Vineyards in Hammondsport, NY will be hosting a virtual tasting of their hand-crafted, German style Rieslings.