As more wine lovers and member of the trade go into lockdown, it’s incredibly important that people keep talking to each other. Isolation and house arrest are bad for mental health; connecting with other people can keep everyone grounded.
Below is a list of online wine-related events that anybody can join. This list will be regularly updated.
If you are running an online wine tasting, get-together or educational webinar, please let us know via firstname.lastname@example.org
We need to know:
1. What type of event it is;
2. When it’s happening – please give the time zone;
3. Who can join;
4. What language you will be using;
5. Whether people need to buy anything and, if so, where they can buy it.
If the tasting requires specific wines, please ensure they are wines that are widely available. Please note we are not listing commercial events that people have to pay to join.
Finally, please don’t ask us to click on links to find the information. Just put it all into one, handy email.
Time Zone: Europe/UK
Bamboozled Quiz Night
Rebecca Gibb MW, creator of the Bamboozled range of jigsaw puzzles, is running a quiz night, with topics centred around wine and spirits. To join in, pour yourself a glass, and grab a pen and paper. The evening lasts for about 45 minutes and there are wine and whisky themed puzzles to be won.
Date: Monday, 6 April 2020
Time: 20:00 GMT/21:00 CET
Meeting ID: 695 345 5244
Katarina Andersson of grapevineadventures has a live stream where she interviews an Italian producer or winemaker. It’s an interactive session, so anybody can jump in and ask a question.
Time: 21:00 CET/20:00 GMT
Where: Facebook - @WinesOfItalyLS
Twitter - @WinesOfItalyLS
English sparkling wine
Justin Howard-Sneyd MW wants more people trying English sparkling wine. Grab a bottle (any English sparkling wine is fine) and bring it along. If you’re in the UK and want to try Justin’s own Hart of Gold, it’s available at https://www.domaineofthebee.com/products/16002-hart-of-gold-2013/ and you can use the code INEEDWINE2020 for free delivery.
When: 3 April 2020
Time: 19:00 GMT/ 20:00 CET
Meeting ID: 235 432 185
Quaravino Dinner Dates
Faye Cardwell will be hosting various series of online dinners with Italian winemakers in May. Quaranvino 1 with 6 wine producers from the north to Sicily will be held twice a week, while Quaranvino 2 will feature four wineries from the north and Sardegna every Friday night. The wines are shipped from the partner distributor across the EU, recipes for the dinner are provided and participants get to interact with the winemaker and other guests directly. Registration gets you access to as many of the dinners in the series that you fancy joining.
When: Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays until 29th May 2020
Time: 20:00pm CET/19:00 GMT
Full details: https://quaranvino.wine/pages/events
Online orange wine tasting
Hosted by Sean Evans from Geordie Wine Guide and Simon Woolf. All you have to do to participate open a bottle of skin contact wine and visit Simon’s Instagram account. Click on the “live” icon.
Guests will include luminaries of the orange wine world. The tasting will be done using a split screen, to ensure interaction between participants and guests.
Time: 17:00 CET/16:00 GMT
Bring: Bottle of orange wine
Founded by Sorcha Holloway, #ukwinehour is a long-running Twitter institution, giving wine lovers a place to have an in-depth discussion. Topics change weekly and Sorcha often invites interesting guests to answer participants' questions.
When: Every Thursday
Time: 19:00 to 20:00 GMT/20:00 to 21:00 CET
Details: Just follow along using the #ukwinehour hashtag and jump right in.
Encounter with 15 Italian wine producers
#storiedvino is a virtual wine fair that brings together 15 Italian producers, from some of the most significant wineries in Italian, to discuss their craft. After they introduce their new vintages, they will be happy to chat and answer questions. Producers include Ornellaia, Ricasoli, San Leonardo and many others.
Monday, 6 April: Ricasoli 1141 (IG 3pm), Tenuta di Ghizzano (FB 4pm), Pio Cesare 1881 (IG 6pm);
Tuesday, 7 April: Azienda Vitivinicola Passopisciaro (FB 4pm); Conte Vistarino (IG 4.30pm); San Leonardo (IG 5pm)
Wednesday, 8 April: Tenuta di Trinoro (4pm on Instagram under “passopisciaro_trinoro”); Tenute Silvio Nardi (FB 4.30pm); Castello di Querceto (FB 5pm); Fattoria Le Pupille (IG 5.30pm)
Thursday, 9 April: Ornellaia (FB 3pm); Antico Podere Gagliole (IG 3.30pm); Alliance Vinum (FB 4pm); Giodo (IG 4.30pm); Luce della Vite (IG 5pm)
Where: Facebook and Instagram
When: 6 to 9 April 2020
Time Zone: CET
Time Zone: United States
Join sommelier and writer Jeff Harding on his Instagram LIVE channel Monday to Friday as he interviews winemakers in their vineyards, providing the homebound with some virtual sunshine and a peek at the source of the wine we’re drinking in virtual happy hours. Participants can ask questions and post comments during the livestream, or send questions ahead of time through Instagram DM. Videos will be posted on YouTube in days following the live interview.
When: Monday through Friday
Time: 10:00 EST
Join sommelier and writer Zach Geballe at his YouTube channel on Wednesdays and Saturdays as he explores different regions and wine themes. Upcoming themes include Provencal rosé, Oregon Pinot Noir and Barbaresco. Participants can ask questions and post comments during the livestream, or send questions ahead of time through Facebook.
When: Wednesdays and Saturdays
Time: 17:30 PT/20:30 EST
Twitter tastings by #winestudio
Every Tuesday night, type #winestudio into Twitter and taste and discuss along with the relevant wine makers. In April the featured wines will be from Bodega San Valero.
When: Ongoing, on Tuesday nights.
Time: 21:00-22:00 EST
Bring: Relevant wines