Virtual Tasting, St. Helena Style

While sipping from your sofa won’t be the same as sitting under the Napa Valley sunshine, we want to bring as much of St. Helena as we can to you!

From virtual vineyards tours, recipes from chefs, behind the scenes winemaking experiences to personalized tastings there are so many engaging ways to expand your palate while supporting wineries during this time.

This new wave of wine experiences is so popular there are several articles in Forbes, The New York Times, Washington Post, SF Chronicle. and many more spelling out the Who, What, and How To’s.

Of Course St. Helena’s wine community brings our fans the best of the best.

Here are a few from a recent article in the Mercury News. To see a full list, as well as a resource list of the status of our businesses, visit our website.

AXR Napa Valley: This small boutique winery, on a pre–Prohibition-Era estate in St. Helena, is known for cozy private tastings, and it aims to translate its intimate approach to winemaking through one-on-one remote sessions based on the brand’s tasting kits.

AXR’s winemaker, Jean Hoefliger, recently deemed “Napa’s rising star” by Wine Spectator, will host events on Zoom from the estate’s picturesque veranda. (Participants can invite friends to make the event more social.)

Videos of the property’s fairy-tale setting will be included. Mr. Hoefliger also holds live, open-to-anyone weekly tastings on the AXR Facebook page.

Brasswood Estate: Enjoy a live virtual group tasting with winemaker Angelina Mondavi with several different tasting sessions.. Find more information at https://brasswood.com.

Burgess Cellars, Live from the Mountainside: Steve Burgess and winemaker Kelly Woods are hosting virtual tastings on Facebook Live every Thursday at 5.30 p.m. Order the Napa Valley wines the week before, with $1 shipping, then join the fun. It’s an open forum for people to ask questions and listen to the behind-the-scenes vineyard stories. h ttps://www.facebook.com/BurgessCellars`

Cakebread Cellars’ Porchefest Virtual Wine Tasting: 4-5 p.m. April 9. Celebrate the kickoff of rosé season from the comfort of your own quarters, as Dennis Cakebread and Chef Brian Streeter invite you to grab a glass and join the Vin de Porche video celebration. Tune into Facebook for the special event. www.facebook.com/cakebreadcellars/live

Clif Family Winery: Reserve a virtual tasting experience with Clif Family wine experts from the comfort of your home. www.cliffamily.com

Hall Wines: You’re invited to Shelter-In-Place (SIP) with HALL. Join host Kathryn Hall for a series of fun and educational virtual happy hours every Wednesday and Friday on the HALL Wines Facebook page. www.facebook.com/hallwines

Louis M. Martini Winery: Tune in to Instagram Live every Saturday at 3 p .m. for a live cooking demonstration featuring winery chef Jeffrey Russell. T e winery is offering free shipping for three or more bottles. h tps://www.instagram.com/louismmartiniwinery

Quintessa Estate: Join general manager Rodrigo Soto and winemaker Rebekah Wineburg for an interactive vineyard and winery experience at 4 p.m. on Wednesdays — via Quintessa’s Instagram page. Just tap the profile picture to view the live video. www.instagram.com/quintessawinery