We’re being presented with so many unknowns as each day passes. COVID-19 has taken over most of our conversations as we struggle to come to terms with “the new normal”.
Many small businesses, like our winemakers, are also being impacted by this new norm. But like many industries are paving the way for new innovations, teaching us a thing or two and making sure that their wine is available for everyone.
There is no better time than now to learn about wine and the wine making process with many wineries moving their storytelling online.
Bryce and I spent some time on the couch this weekend watching Stephen at Upper Reach Winery take us on a Verdelho vertical tasting. Luckily, we live pretty close to the Swan Valley in Western Australia, so we stopped in (wine is an essential) and bought the 2019 and the 2014 Verdelho so we could taste alongside.
You can watch the live stream online now (and keep an eye out for their upcoming live streams) or why not prepare for The Fruitful Pursuit Pyjama Party? Jump onto their website, purchase a 3-pack of wine to watch and enjoy an exclusive 45 min ‘iso session’ with the winemaker. The first party will be with WA locals L.S. Merchants on 24th April with many more to follow.
Many traditional income methods have been put on hold for wineries, such as running functions, restaurant sales, offering tastings and allowing tours of their premises. Now more than ever wineries and winemaking businesses need our support.
Follow your favourite wine businesses online, buy that bottle, learn a new skill and keep self-isolating.
If you want to share the love about a winery who is doing something amazing during these times, please let us know in the comments below.
Today we welcome back to the blog the lovely Nicola Heyes who headed to Sunset Wines & Brews with her hubster Ralph on behalf of the Travelling Corkscrew. She was sending me updates all night as I sat in front of Netflix, to say I was just a bit jealous is an understatement! If you’re reading this on Feb 8th or 9th 2020, then you can still head along to the festival, head over to wineandfood.com.au for more info. And a big thank you to CMS Events for inviting us along!