Ready to reconnect to Wine Country? Is your wine supply a bit depleted after weeks of sheltering in place, aka SIP? I’ve found my wine cellar is missing many of my favorites after the holidays, and now weeks of SIPping at home.

My plans to stock up got put on hold when I couldn’t visit my favorite tasting rooms, but the Wine Road has a plan to help all of us out, especially if your wine cupboard is looking a little bare.

50 Ways to Get Your Wine Now

If you live within driving distance of your favorite local winery along the Wine Road, many of these wineries are offering curbside pickup, while others are offering free local delivery with a qualify purchase, or both. Plus, the Wine Road has dedicated an entire webpage, Car Hop Wine Shop, to help you find out who is offering what. And who doesn’t want to take a drive in the country now? Who knew we’d miss driving our cars? I’m thrilled when I get to drive to the grocery store.

Six wineries showing how they do safe social distancing wine pick-up
Safe social distancing wine pickup demonstrated by Renae Perry – Papapietro Perry, Robert Conard – Dry Creek Vineyard, Ed St. John – Pedroncelli Winery, Katie Ambrosi – Wilson Winery, Jessie Poshepny – Trione Winery, Jim Walter – Amphora Winery.

To help spread the word about curbside pickup, Wine Road executive director Beth Costa created a fun video showing how several local wineries offer curbside pickup. Wearing mask and gloves, these wine bandits deliver wine directly to your car, maintaining social distancing while helping you restock your depleted wine supply. Hope you take two minutes to watch it.

Beginning of 50 Ways to Get Your Wine Now video

$5 Shipping Option

In April, many wineries were offering a #SipSonoma $5 shipping option. Several of those wineries are extending the offer through May. The list of wineries is located on the Wine Road website—look over on the right column.

Harry Wetzel of Alexander Valley Vineyards carrying a case of Sin Zin with great enthusiasm
An enthusiastic Harry Wetzel of Alexander Valley Vineyards is carrying a case of Sin Zin that is on its way to a happy wine drinker.

Reconnect to Wine Country

Just because you can’t physically come to Wine Country doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a virtual visit! There are so many Virtual Tastings and other virtual happenings that let you connect with a wide array of wineries. Options range from private happy hours or Zoom tastings with the winemaker and your friends, to virtual wine and food pairings, and more. You can also find Wine Specials being offered by wineries.

A Wine Road website posting of an upcoming virtual tasting and eductional video by J. Rickards Winery
One of the many offerings on the Wine Road’s Event page–a virtual tasting and vineyard tour with J. Rickards Winery.

And Now For Something Completely Different!

Sheltering in place has also brought out some really inventive ways that wineries are reaching out to their fans. The Wine Road website has a page called Something Different! under the Events tab. Most of the events listed are food centric. Capo Creek Winery is offering wine and food pairings to go, while Bricoleur Vineyards is hosting a series called Quarantine Kitchen Live with their renowned chef, Shane McAnelly. Every Saturday at 4:30 p.m. PDT, you can attend a live interactive cooking class, and the ingredient list is available days prior to the class so you can cook and sip along with Chef Shane.

Chef Shane McAnelly demonstrating how to cut up a chicken thigh during Quarantine Kitchen Live
Chef Shane McAnelly demonstrating how to cut up a chicken thigh during Quarantine Kitchen Live

Stay Connected

Everyone who lives, works, and plays along the Wine Road misses the carefree days of roaming from winery to winery, but those days will return. Until then, the wineries along the Wine Road are offering you plenty of ways to stay connected with them, and to continue to enjoy their wines. I hope you take advantage of their virtual hospitality.

Happy Sipping!

@theWineRoad #alongthewineroad #sipsonoma #virtualwinetasting

Devin Ruddick of Hook and Ladder Winery loading up a case of wine
Battello Vineyards sign that reads Stay in your car, Stay Healthy, Thank you for your Support

Posted by Rebecca Germolus

Rebecca Germolus, co-owner of Maximum Value Marketing, loves Sonoma County and playing along the Wine Road. Rebecca daily immerses herself in wine country by providing cost-effective marketing and writing solutions to wineries and restaurants.

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