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#390953 - 06-01-2020 15:09:44 Covid19 Virtual Wine Tastings - is anyone participating in them?
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You have no doubt received any of a number of invites to virtual wine tastings by various wineries. Are you viewing/participating in any of them, and if so, which ones and why?

I've enjoyed the virtual tastings by Ridge and Ampelos. They have become weekly events for me and for different reasons. The Ridge virtual tasting has developed into a tasting of 4 different wines (I open only one of them) spending about 15 minutes on each wine with insights into the vineyard, winemaking decisions, etc. The discussions between Eric, John and Dave are wonderfully informative (who knew that they recommended ah-so openers for any wine with a cork seal over 10 years?) and the occasional visit by Paul Draper (he of the perfume) are very cool.

Ampelos Vineyards' tastings are cool for a different reason - very informal, but informative; chatty, but enough geekiness to keep me occupied.

And how many times have you heard TomHill's name mentioned in these virtual tastings? I've heard it twice!

I'd view more of these virtual offerings but there is only so much time in the day (and only so much wine I can sacrifice from my cellar)!

"I've wrestled with reality for 35 years and I'm happy to state I finally won out over it." Elwood P. Dowd

#390957 - 06-04-2020 06:49:31 Re: Covid19 Virtual Wine Tastings - is anyone participating in them? [Re: BEB]
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Registered: 04-09-2004 20:17:37
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Loc: Vega$
I did one of the Benovia tastings. It was "pick your favorite Benovia wine" or something like that. I opened a 2015 "La Pommeraie" chard which is always a nice chard. A variety of wines were poured by around 15 people. The Benovia tasting room manager led the discussion. It centered mostly on pinots and chards from Sonoma and Anderson Valley.

On another track...Ehren Jordan of Failla has been doing weekend videos without participation. They are quite informative and delve into farming, fermentation, planting of vineyards, etc. He is on top of Napa and Sonoma. Lots of name dropping on these, too.

In general, most of these tastings seem aimed at getting you to buy a wine or two, then participate in a themed tasting.


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