Updated: May 29, 2020
Virtual wine tastings are such a great way to enjoy some fantastic wine and to hear all about it directly from the winemakers themselves. And you can enjoy it from the comfort of your home. No need to book flights and no need to secure transportation from the winery back to your hotel. Yes, I know. Experiencing wine country first hand is pretty amazing, but virtual tastings are a pretty great option that didn’t exist before. Frankly, I hope the option continues.
We just enjoyed a virtual tasting hosted by Frog’s Leap winery out of Napa Valley, California. We signed up with some friends and then ordered the wine directly from the winery for the tasting. Of course, there is a bit of timing involved, because the wine needs to be ordered and shipped in time for the tasting. Frog’s Leap used a 2nd day shipping service to make that happen, along with a minimal $5 shipping charge.
Virtual Wine Tasting with Napa Valley Wineries
I was quite curious about how they would manage the technology and how they would approach the tasting discussion. We all called in using Zoom (of course). Everyone is “doing Zoom meetings” these days. Good thing I bought a few shares last Summer. :)
The Frog’s Leap owner and his son conducted the online tasting that ran 60 minutes. They had a fun, easy going banter that made the entire tasting fun and relaxing. All participants were muted and the video only showed the father and son team. The chat and Q&A functionality were enabled. Participants were able to give shout outs and ask questions of these wine experts.
We definitely wanted to connect with our friends throughout the tasting. So, we just ended up texting each other to share thoughts about the wines.
This particular tasting included two additional wines from Truchard Vineyard which is also run by a father and son team. The Truchard’s joined in on the conversation sharing information on their wine. You could tell they all had a great rapport with each other as they joked and gave each other a hard time.
For a little background, the Truchard’s are grape growers in Napa Valley and provide grapes to a variety of wineries. Frog’s Leap has supplemented their own estate grown grapes with those grown by the Truchard’s. In 1989, the Trouchard’s decided to try their hand at making wine and have never looked back.