Hello Fellow Wine Lovers
There is not one industry, organisation or person that has not been affected by Covid-19. One positive outcome is how so many people have come together to create a sense of community, to entertain and to support.
The wine industry is not immune from these difficult times. Many of us have been turning to online ordering to keep up supply in the fridge or wine rack. This is a great way to support wineries currently. The danger of course is when wine itself, rather than wine shared with friends becomes the occasion.
As a wine educator I am not able at the moment to share wine in my usual way around a table with groups. As frustrating as this is, as anyone who knows me will tell you I love to chat about all things wine, there is an alternative.
In the current situation no one wants a wine lecture, but if we can share wine in an online group and discuss a topic related to what you are drinking wouldn’t that be more fun than drinking alone.
Many friends are already doing online gatherings with a wine in hand and my suggestion is to add a little focus, to help get off the Corona discussion hamster wheel.
I will be posting suggested topics and points you could discuss each week to start your Wine Taste Talk. You don’t all need to be drinking the same wine you can talk about the topic as it relates to the wine in your glass.
There are many platforms for online gatherings, you choose one suits you. However here is a link from my friend Tim Harris that explains how to set up a zoom meeting https://youtu.be/XftTj26dPzc to get you started.
So, gather (virtually of course), a group of wine loving friends at a time that suits you and start a Wine Taste Talk group of your own. It could be friends, neighbours or work colleagues.
It’s an opportunity to be a little more adventurous with your wine selections and focus on quality over quantity at this time.
It would be great to support your local wine store at this time, so talk to them about home delivery.
Virginia Jacobs is a wine educator who has shared the joys of wine with keen amateurs and budding professionals for many years. With a Masters of Wine Technology and Viticulture from Melbourne University, and more than a few tastings under her belt, Virginia will guide you in appreciating the wonders of wine.