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Virtual wine tastings are now officially a thing

It’s basically exactly the same as going to Napa Valley in person

1y ago

Is it just us or does social distancing really work better when wine is involved? But drinking wine on your lonesome isn’t as fun as sharing a bottle with friends. That’s where virtual wine tastings come in.

It’s a new offering from Priority Wine Pass (which, pre-pandemic, organized custom tastings to top wineries on the West Coast). Basically how it works is you order a shipment of wine from one of these amazing looking wineries in Napa Valley. Get your friends involved too so they can choose the same bottles.

Then, you schedule a time with the winemaker and your friends to have a private tasting via video call. The winemaker talks you all through the wines and answers all your burning vino-related questions.

"We are having friends across the country buying the same shipment and scheduling the virtual tastings as a group," PWP’s Jamie Cegelski-Gaebe told Thrillist. "It’s a fun dynamic."

The price varies depending on which wine package you choose, but runs from around $80 to $500. Shipping and tax are extra.

"Priority Wine Pass has built a network of 400+ winery partners in California, Oregon, and Washington," Jamie Cegelski-Gaebe added. "Many of the wineries we work with are smaller operations that rely primarily on tourism to get by. So, with coronavirus becoming more of a threat, I wanted to find a way to help in these difficult times. Virtual tastings were something we had talked about launching in the past, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity to go for it."

Supporting local businesses *and* drinking wine in the comfort of your own home: what could be better?

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