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4 Socially Distant Wine Tasting Experiences

Lauren Gruber | October 26, 2020 | Food & Drink

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BRAND NAPA VALLEY

The wine-tasting experience includes seasonal bites and sips from four signature bottles: the 2017 proprietary blend, a melange of cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon aged in French oak barrels; the 2017 cabernet sauvignon with notes of creme de cassis and cinnamon; BRIO 2016 red blend, a Bordeaux-style bottle abundant with hints of black cherry and cardamom; and BRAND Napa Valley 2018 white wine, the latest addition to BRAND’s portfolio.

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BRICOLEUR

In the heart of Sonoma County lies Russian River Valley, home to Bricoleur Vineyards and some of the region’s best pinot noir and chardonnay. The 40-acre vineyard is hosting The Essentials Picnic, featuring a handselected array of seasonal treats such as prosciutto and fontina piadinis, quinoa with local mushrooms and beet salad with black truffle chevre. Of course, the spread is accompanied by a chilled glass of 2019 Rosé of Grenache to enjoy in the estate’s scenic outdoor spaces.

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FAUST

Travel back in time at the Faust Haus, a restored Victorian farmhouse and Prohibition-era cellar turned immersive wine-tasting experience. Remodeled by Aidlin Darling Design, the handsome estate’s luxe interiors pair perfectly with a glass of the indulgent cabernet sauvignon with aromas of luscious dark fruit and cedar. Hoping to establish itself as a salon of sorts, Faust Haus will also invite artists, authors and designers for exhibitions and workshops.

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PASSALACQUA WINERY

If you’d prefer to sample wines from the comfort of your backyard, Passalacqua Winery offers completely virtual wine tastings in a variety of themes. The Light, Bright & Fun set ($150) tastes just like summer with refreshing bottles of sauvignon blanc, rosé and chardonnay paired with a private virtual tasting session. For a more personalized experience, the sample sips kit includes three curated 2-ounce pours suited to your personal palate, gleaned from a virtual consultation.



Photography by: From top: Jimmy Hayes; Kailani Andrade; Adrian Gaut; courtesy of Passalacqua Winery