THE pubs are open again – rejoice! – but some of us are sticking to digital when it comes to hanging out with friends just that little bit too far away.
Why not try your pouring hand in one of the best virtual wine tasting experiences? It’s an excuse to drink the good stuff, and talk to your mates while learning something brand new.
You can learn from wine tasting pros in the comfort of your own living room, while being moments away from your bedroom after you’ve had a few too many…
Choose to treat yourself and a group of your friends or family from a selection of the best virtual wine tasting experiences in this round-up – there’s sure to be one for every need and budget.
1. Virgin Experience Days
What is good wine without good cheese? Virgin Experience Days are offering a lucky pair the chance to be guided through exquisite wine and cheese pairings.
Settle into your sofa with five fine wines and a selection of cheeses delivered straight to your door, while following a live guided and interactive experience.
Ask the virtual hosts questions as you sample the goods, and get tutored on the best way to pair booze and cheese to make sure you’re the host with the most at your next dinner party.
- Online Wine Tasting with Cheese Pairings for Two, £31 – buy here
Be led from a renowned wine instructor on your laptop screen, and sample two fine bottles of booze.
Wine connoisseur and host Kam Zabeh will guide you through a specially selected bottle of prosecco and a glorious 2008 Vintage Red Bordeaux over the course of an evening.
Take notes of the taste to show off at your next party, and pipe up with any niggling questions about wine or fizz you’ve been meaning to figure out for years.
- Virtual Wine Tasting: Prosecco and Vintage 2008 Bordeaux with Live Tutorial, £84 – buy here
This is one for the sweet tooth’s amongst us… Try an at-home wine and chocolate pairing session over Zoom and bring heaven to your sofa.
Chomp your way through six hand-picked chocolates and learn about how they pair beautifully with six specially selected 150ml bottles of wine.
Be guided by a qualified wine instructor, and learn how to make dessert go down a treat at your next dinner party.
- At Home Fine Wine Tasting and Chocolate Pairings for Two, £80 – buy here
2. Red Letter Days
Red Letter Days have gone all out with their Online Virtual Wine Tasting Experience for Two!
For £85, settle in for two hours of wine time and learn the tricks of the trade from a wine expert (dream job!).
Expect blind tastings of eight 50ml bottles of hand-picked fine wine, quizzes, food pairing advice, interactive activities, games and more.
- Online Virtual Wine Tasting Experience for Two, £85 – buy here
Fly solo in style with this Online Wine Appreciation Course for One in a Virtual Classroom from Red Letter Days for a super-affordable £25.
Take a trip to a virtual classroom, hosted by a wine expert, and learn how to select the best wine to tantalise your taste buds with confidence next time you head out to a restaurant.
Impress your friends around the dinner table after learning master wine tasting techniques, food pairings, tasting notes and interactive tasting experiences. What’s not to love?
- Online Wine Appreciation Course for One in a Virtual Classroom, £25 – buy here
Form a six person group and be guided through three exquisite bottles of wine by booze experts at Pull The Cork.
Sniff, swirl and sip (or guzzle – we won’t judge) your way through the good stuff and appreciate the subtle hidden notes on your nose or tongue, ready to open your eyes to your next glass at home.
What’s more is you get 15% off future purchases if you have a favourite bottle from the evening, and complimentary tasting cards to whip out at your next event (or wine in the bath).
- Virtual Wine Tasting Experience with Pull The Cork for up to Six People, £85 – buy here
3. Into the Blue
For £39, Into The Blue are offering a budget-friendly two-hour Virtual Introduction to Wine Evening.
Dive into eight fine wine 50ml samples that have been pre-delivered straight to your door, including three whites, four reds and a dessert wine.
Hosted by a friendly, passionate professional – settle back in your comfiest sofa and learn the ins-and-outs of your favourite poison. But listen up, there is a ‘Guess the grape and country’ challenge, so pay attention!
- Virtual Wine Tasting Experience, £39 – buy here
Wine not fine all the time? (Why are you here?) Don’t fret, there’s an opportunity for up to six people to enjoy a Private Virtual Wine, Champagne & Port Tasting party.
It’s the priciest on this list, but one of the most luxurious and surely to be a memorable evening of entertainment.
For £259 you can expect six full-sized, hand-picked bottles of wine, champagne and vintage port to sip from your sofa.
Listen intently to a renowned wine expert as he guides you through the many tasting notes, sharing his knowledge of the industry and the different tasting notes across the board.
- Private Virtual Wine, Champagne & Port Tasting for Six, £259 – buy here
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