Somehow we made it through March and are now headed towards the middle of April which means you’re probably talking to inanimate objects and swiftly moving through your wine stash. Now you’re faced with the challenge of figuring out how to safely procure some more without coming in contact with too many humans.
If you’re already making a run to the grocery store and that store sells wine, then that’s obviously a great time to stock up. If you live in a major city, your local wine shop might deliver, or you can check out Drizly which is an aggregate service, delivering products from shops all around you.
It’s also important to make sure your favorite wineries are abiding by good safety procedures, which many are listing on their website. If you’re someone who is brand loyal, it’s good to read up on the precautions they’re taking during this time.
Now, maybe you’re wondering “well, how do I know this was safely bottled?” Vintage years are a great helper in this aspect as they define the year the grapes were harvested. Now, a vintage year only applies if at least 85% of the bottle was harvested in that specific year but for our purposes, it works. If you’re drinking anything from before 2020, you know it was safely bottled without exposure to this virus!
In terms of harvest season, the northern hemisphere works their harvests from August to October and the southern hemisphere from February to April. Being that it is only April now, those harvests in places like Argentina, South Africa, or Australia haven’t made it to market (if they do at all) so they won’t even be available.
To be safe, stick with things that are 2019 and earlier. This is a great time to try out aging your wines and seeing how you enjoy different vintages! Set up your own tasting of multiple bottles of the same varietal and same vintage but from different wineries! Get educational with it – wine tasting counts as a hobby, right?
Oct 23 – 30, 2021
6 nights, 7 days
Milan, Barolo, Alba, and Turin
Join us for a Virtual Food & Wine Pairing with Brooklyn’s Kotti Berliner. Explore delicious döner kebabs paired with wine. Meet Kotti founder, Erkan Emre.
Join us for a Virtual Tasting with one of America’s leading importers of high-quality Portuguese wines.
Join us for a Virtual Tasting with the maker of the #1 selling Sicilian wine in the U.S.
Join us for a Virtual Tasting. The Kunde family has farmed an 1,850-acre estate in Sonoma Valley for 100 years.
Join us for a Virtual Tasting. Great wine starts in the vineyard.
Join us for a Virtual Tasting. Distinctive and hand-crafted wines produced from award-winning vineyards.
Be your own winemaker for a day — guided by a professional on Zoom video!
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This tasting will be epic.
The New York Times described Ridge Monte Bello as “America’s greatest Cabernet Sauvignon.”
Very special tasting. Don’t miss it!
Four Generations of Family Pride at Pedroncelli Winery, since 1927
The best rosé in the world comes from Provence.
Voted “#1 in America” in 2013 and 2015 by Open Table customers.
The New York Times described Ridge’s Cabernet Sauvignon as America’s greatest.
Visit the famous wine-growing region of Lodi County, California – virtually!
Visit Sonoma County – virtually!
Hudson Valley’s yummiest wine and food tasting event
Enjoy a winter getaway without even leaving the city.
Join RG|NY winemaker Lilia Perez, for a unique tasting and blending session.
Don’t miss the ultimate holiday wine tasting event in the Hudson Valley. Sales end Thursday, Dec 12 at 11:59pm!
Experience a global tasting in 2 hours with award-winning artisan cheese and charcuterie
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