Here’s our top 10 list of ways to incorporate wine into your time of hunkering down at home. Cheers!
- Explore Wine Clubs
- Virtual Tastings & Tours
- Educate Yourself
- Travel the World With Wine
- Re-Organize Your Wine Collection
- Find a Community of Wine Lovers and Commune
- Explore Wine Movies
- Be the Good Wine Samaritan
- Open That Bottle You’ve Been Saving
- Make Your Phone Wine-Ready
Here are all the details you need to know to make sure you enjoy the wine you already have or the new wines you’re about to have delivered, all from the comfort of your living room.
1. Explore Wine Clubs
Wine clubs, with their regular shipments directly to your home, may be the best way to keep wine in your life while you keep your distance. The beauty is that you have experts curating your shipments, which in turn lead to great new discoveries.
There are tons of top wine club services out there that are both affordable and enlightening. Consider Firstleaf, Winc, Wine Insiders, and Bright Cellars among the clubs you might join as you hunker down at home.
2. Virtual Tastings & Tours
With wineries closed across the country, it makes visiting the tasting rooms and vineyards impossible — except virtually. Wineries across the country are regularly hosting Zoom and GoToMeeting tastings and tours of their wines and facilities. And believe it or not, these are pretty intimate gatherings.
Some want you to bring your own wine, others will send you wine in advance of the tasting. Jump in and get your lips wet.
3. Educate Yourself
Some folks learn best visually. But many of us do their best learning by reading; and if there is one thing the wine world does well, it’s publish books about the world of wine. No better time than now, when time seems a bit more plentiful, for jumping into the world of wine via book learning. Three books, in particular, are must-reads if you want a wine education:
4. Travel the World With Wine
It’s kind of hard to jump on a plane and head off to a wine region for exploration. But the beauty of wine is that it is one of those rare products that can transport you to another place (and even time).
Here’s a tasting travel idea: Order three bottles of Chilean wine or Australia wine or Oregon wine. Open all three and let the wines be your guide to the region the wines portray. There’s no better way to travel while quarantined than through wine.
5. Re-Organize Your Wine Collection
You know you’ve done it. You acquire more wine and start shoving the bottles haphazardly into your wine racks or wine storage system. Being stuck in your home now is the time to reorganize that collection.
How? By country. By wine type. By vintage. By color. Heck, I’ve known folks who have organized their cellar based on the source of the bottle (retail shop, winery, grocery store, gift). No matter how you do it, now is a great time to put your own wine library in order.
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6. Find a Community of Wine Lovers and Commune
Wine is a social drink. It always has been and always will be; but in times of social distancing, communing with fellow wine lovers is hard. But, across the web there are various communities of wine lovers who talk and discuss wine ALL THE TIME.
The Wine Berserkers community is perhaps the best known. But take a look on Facebook. A simple search on wine groups will uncover numerous discussion groups dedicated to Napa Valley Wine, wine drinking, wine travel, and more. Now is not a time to commune in person, but through these communities, you will find a community that keeps wine and people in focus.
7. Explore Wine Movies
You’d be surprised just how many movies revolve around wine, winemaking, and wine drinking. Some are better than others, but let’s face it, these days being stuck in our homes we are being a bit less picky. “Corked”, a tale of a young black man pursuing his Master Sommelier degree is the newest entry into the wine and film genre.
But you won’t be surprised to learn that we already have a list of the top 10 wine movies. These should get you through at least a week of home quarantine.
8. Be the Good Wine Samaritan
As we hunker down in our homes, we find ourselves making more efforts to reach out to friends and families via phone, email, and video. But consider one more avenue for reaching out: Be the Wine Samaritan.
Wine retailers across the country are perfect vehicles for surprising friends and family with the gift of wine. And prices on wine are outstanding now. So, surprise a friend, family member, or business colleague with a bottle of wine . . . just because.
9. Open That Bottle You’ve Been Saving
You probably have at least two or three of them. Those bottles you have been saving for a special moment. I can’t think of a better time than now — when finding ways to treat ourselves special has become so important — to open one of those bottles.
Don’t wait. Reach into that corner of your cellar or wine rack, take out that special bottle, and open it. This is an easy way to make a tough time a special time. And you deserve it.
10. Make Your Phone Wine-Ready
You know you are doing it. Sitting on the couch fiddling with your phone as you do your duty and self-quarantine. Well, take the time to make that phone wine ready. There are numerous apps that can turn your phone into a wine powerhouse.
Which apps? Start with these:
- Wine-Searcher, to find the best price on wine
- Vivino, to keep a list and rating of every wine your drink
- CellarTracker, to keep a running list of all the wines in your cellar
- Wine Events, the app that gives you the definitive list of wine events happening near you and far from you
Remember, the day will come when we get to head back out and hit the wine road.