VIRTUAL TASTINGS AROUND SONOMA COUNTY
Since events for March and April have been canceled to protect public health, this month we’re spotlighting local wineries that have launched virtual wine-tasting experiences. About a dozen wineries have moved tasting operations online. Here are a few that we love:
One of the first local wineries to launch virtual tastings is Dirty and Rowdy Family Winery in Santa Rosa. Co-owner Hardy Wallace is opening a different wine every Saturday and conducting virtual tastings on Zoom. The series is designed to have customers taste along with a group; wines are available for purchase in three-packs that correspond to the upcoming tasting schedule.
Comstock Wines (pictured below), in the heart of the Dry Creek Valley is offering a new tasting named S.I.P. Comstock. They invite customers to purchase three-packs of wine, then they pair each bottle with a Facebook Live tasting every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Tastings are run by winemaker Chris Russi and other members of the hospitality team.
Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery, in the Russian River Valley kicked off a virtual tasting program as well, around a six-bottle selection of single-vineyard wines from around the region. Customers who purchase the half-case also have an exclusive opportunity to schedule private Zoom tastings with estate sommeliers Tyffani Kuhn and Kevin Patterson.