After weathering an earthquake, devastating fires, floods, and power outages over the last several years, Napa and Sonoma need your support more than ever amidst the COVID-19 outbreak.
And the feeling is mutual, because we seriously need some wine. Copious amounts of wine.
In keeping with Governor Gavin Newsom's mandate, wineries are closed to visitors, but you can still stock up on your favorite wines by ordering online. Some wineries are even offering discounts, free shipping, and virtual wine tastings to ease the quarantine-induced boredom.
Sales and Shipping Discounts
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Check your favorite winery's website or social media channels, for chances are they're offering some sort of promotion.
The Boisset Collection by Jean-Charles Boisset (Raymond Vineyards, Buena Vista Winery, etc.) is offering free ground shipping on all orders of six bottles or more with the code SHIP6. They literally have something for every kind of wine drinker.
Save 20 percent on all Kendall-Jackson Winery online orders of $75 and up and receive complimentary shipping now through April 1. Use code KJSPRING.
Sonoma's Ram's Gate Winery will deduct 15 percent off all online orders and ship for free. Use code RAMSGATE.
Napa Valley classic Trefethen Family Vineyards is offering $1 shipping on all orders, with options for white and red lovers alike.
Ground shipping is included on all orders placed from the historic, 1882 Charles Krug Winery.
Inglenook's renowned cabernets can arrive at your doorstep for just $5 when you order six bottles or more.
Grounded Wine Co. is shipping orders of six or more bottles for just one cent, plus is donating 10 percent of sales to the Redwood Empire Food Bank. These wines are sourced from all over California, Washington, and Oregon.
Cool-climate chardonnay and pinot addicts can sip Benovia Winery's limited-production, single-vineyard Russian River bottlings for no extra shipping cost on the purchase of three bottles or more.
Sonoma's Three Sticks Wines is extending a $1 shipping offer on orders of four bottles or more crafted by pinot legend Bob Cabral.
Yountville boutique winery Goosecross Cellars will ship the purchase of three wines or more for $1 anywhere in the U.S. They're also open for drive-through pick-up and will deliver door-to-door to Napa wine club members.
Members of Anderson Valley's beloved Toulouse Vineyards & Winery can get 50 percent off mixed cases of their iconic pinot noirs.
Virtual Wine Tastings
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Run out of Netflix movies? Liven things up at home with a virtual wine tasting from these select wineries. How it works: they'll ship you the wine and you log-in for an Internet tasting session with the winemaker. If you've been wanting to learn more about wine, this is a great time to do it. Plus, it'll stock your wine fridge for the uncertain, foreseeable future.
Beloved Sonoma producer Inman Family Wines will host a series of Meet the Maker Happy Hours with winemaker Kathleen Inman. Order a three-pack of wine (rosé, sparkling, pinot noir, or a variety pack) and join Inman for a free Happy Hour over Facebook Video Chat, offered six times throughout early April. Shipping is included and a portion of proceeds will be donated to Meals of Wheels, a critical service for elderly Americans during this time.
Clos Du Val's virtual tasting experiences include a variety of wine and a guided tasting from a member of the Clos Du Val team. Choose between two packages: a red and white, four-bottle pack ($385) or an all-red option ($395). Bonus: both come with a Coravin, in case you don't want to drink them all in one night. The winery will also provide virtual tastings to anyone who orders at least four wines online of their choosing.
St. Supéry Estate Vineyards and Winery is hosting a virtual wine chat with one of their winemakers every Thursday afternoon for the next six weeks on Zoom. Each session will focus on one St. Supéry wine. The recording will be made available later if you can't join in, or you can tune into Facebook Live at either 3 or 5:30 PM. Order the Injoy @ Home 6-pack Tasting Kit, which includes all of the wines at promotional pricing and free shipping, plus suggested recipes to pair with each. Email email@example.com for the Zoom link and more info.
Priority Wine Pass has joined forces with a few of its partner wineries to offer Virtual Wine Tasting experiences, including high-end, boutique producers like Prime Solum and Boeschen Vineyards. Shop for wines at discounted prices and then schedule a private tasting over Zoom with the winemaker, who will walk you through the wines you purchased. Priority Wine Pass may be adding additional partners in the coming days, so check back.
Belden Barns, a family-owned, Sonoma Mountain Winery, is hosting free virtual tastings over Zoom every Sunday at 5 PM for at least nine weeks starting March 29. Each week dives into a different wine (or comparison of two wines) from the Belden Barns portfolio and the sessions will tackle other topics, like fun food pairings—beans, marshmallows, etc.—and the best wine-to-music pairings. Those who want to follow along each week can purchase all 11 wines at 35 percent off or choose a couple of bottles and tune in on the weeks that interest them the most. Note that wines are not able to be shipped after Friday, so place your order ASAP and simply email firstname.lastname@example.org to get your invite.
The owners of Napa Valley's Vineyard 29 and Cru Winery are offering two distinct virtual tasting experiences. Red oenophiles looking to drink only the best during this crisis should enlist in the Vineyard 29 experience ($500, discounted from $825), featuring four bottles of estate reds. The Cru experience, on the other hand, comes at a steal: $140 for quite the variety (a sauvignon blanc, pinot noir, merlot, and cabernet sauvignon). Both options include free shipping, a 10 percent discount on the wines, full tasting notes, a how-to-taste manual, and a virtual tasting with a winery host.