Wine online – lockdown learning

Laptop and wine bottles ready for an online wine tasting

14 May 2020 Our curated list continues to be updated as online wine content proliferates. See an even longer and more detailed list of each day’s many virtual wine events compiled by Spitbucket.net, and don't forget to check our own events diary for more references

23 April 2020 A big tidy up of information today, and events are listed in date order as far as that is possible, with the soonest events at the end. Please note that to watch Instagram videos, either live or recorded, requires you to sign up for an account with them.

8 April 2020 A guide to some of the many online opportunities to commune with wine that have emerged recently.

Without sharing, a large part of wine’s appeal is lost. We are social creatures, and wine has always been a way of bringing people together.

When, thanks to the current pandemic, sharing in person becomes impossible – something that would have seemed absurd only a few months ago – the world of wine goes online, where sharing is an integral activity, especially on social media. There are now dozens of ways for wine lovers to connect online, usually in the format of experts (such as Tim Atkin MW, pictured) generously sharing their wisdom. A host of producers and winemakers are also emerging online.

Video conferencing apps (especially Zoom) have made these sessions possible, although enthralling live broadcasting doesn't always come easily, especially when bandwidth restrictions interfere with things. Periods of dead air are not uncommon, as well as technical snafus and muddled interaction. But surely in the spirit of goodwill these shortcomings will be forgiven in such surreal times, especially when the vast majority of these offerings are provided free of charge.

In that spirit, we highlight below some of the video content that self-isolating wine lovers might enjoy. A list follows below (wine professionals may also find Imbibe's events calendar useful). Local times are provided (see this page to check time zone abbreviations and differences), but in many cases it is possible to watch a recorded version after the live event. We have prioritised those sessions that can be enjoyed afterwards.

Feel free to send suggestions for additions to this list to richard@jancisrobinson.com, ideally in the format below.

#67FromHome

Organiser: 67 Pall Mall
Format: daily masterclasses led by experts such as Tim Atkin MW, Jasper Morris MW and Jane Anson. Sample packs of wine are available to purchase to taste along with the webinar
Platform: Zoom – register here and watch again by checking this list
Times: several take place every day at various times – see their events page for full details

Real Business of Wine

Organiser: Robert Joseph and Polly Hammond
Format: a series of trade-focused conversations covering many topics with various experts, including Jancis
Platform: Zoom – register and watch again via their website
Times: various

Private Wine Tasting

Organiser: Quarantino Vino
Format: unpretentious and informal tastings for groups in the UK, led by MW student Lettie Fardon, with samples of wine delivered to taste together online 
Platform: see their Instagram account @quarantinovinouk for details
Times: tastings by reservation – quarantino.vino.uk@gmail.com or via Instagram

The Wine Show at home

Organiser: The Wine Show with Joe Fattorini
Format: Short, entertaining wine-tastings from Joe Fattorini's attic
Platform: YouTube
Times: daily episodes, available to watch back on YouTube any time

Wine Therapy

Organiser: Honest Grapes
Format: a series of online tastings, with accompanying wines available to buy
Platform: Zoom – see their website for details
Times: various

Napa Valley Wine Academy live online

Organiser: Napa Valley Wine Academy
Format: a comprehensive programme of webinars and classes, both live and on-demand, featuring MW hosts and covering California, Oregon, Italy and beyond
Platform: Facebook and YouTube live – see their website for the full calendar
Times: various

Behind the wines with Elaine Chukan Brown

Organiser: California Wine Institute
Format: Elaine conducts interviews with prominent Californian winemakers live on Zoom
Platform: Zoom and YouTube – see their Twitter feed for the schedule, and their YouTube channel to rewatch
Times: various

Château de Pommard Online Wine Experience

Organiser: Château de Pommard
Format: a series of free guides to Burgundy, with an optional selection of wine that can be ordered to accompany the sessions.
Platform: See their website for full details. There are 15 different wine advisors giving different seminars at different times.
Times: various

JCB Live Happy Hour

Organiser: Jean-Charles Boisset
Format: four times a week, winemaker and showman Jean-Charles Boisset hosts a live-streamed hour of wine tasting and discussion with various guests.
Platform: See their website for full details.
Times: various

The Wine Society 

Organiser: The Wine Society
Format: This popular UK retailer is releasing a series of videos covering a broad range of subjects on their YouTube channel.
Platform: YouTube
Times: no live broadcasts; watchable any time on YouTube

CMS advanced lectures

Organiser: GuildSomm and the Court of Master Sommeliers
Format: webinars aimed at wine professionals studying for wine exams
Platform: Vimeo
Times: these videos are pre-recorded, and can be watched at any time. So far, there are two webinars, on deductive tasting and sherry.

Vinous live!

Organiser: Vinous.com
Format: seminar conversations, featuring conversations between Vinous correspondents and 'the brightest minds in wine'
Platform: Zoom and YouTube live, see website for details
Times: daily, at various times

Wine and viticulture education

Organiser: Gus Gluck and Dr Dylan Grigg
Format: conversation between hospitality supremo turned importer Gus Gluck and freelance viticulturist Dr Dylan Grigg
Platform: YouTube
Times: streamed live (check here for times) then watchable on YouTube

Online champagne masterclasses

Organiser: Champagne Every Day
Format: discussions with champagne producers, hosted by Lucy Edwards
Platform: Zoom – register via their website
Times: various

Virtual tastings

Organiser: Wine Training School
Format: personal online tasting session with Raul Diaz when you purchase one of six wine packages
Platform: various, see website for details
Times: various

In The Vineyard With – virtual events

Organiser: In The Vineyard With
Format: Regular online discussions that can be watched live or recorded, hosted by Moshé Cohen.
Platform: Zoom
Date: various, see website for details

Averys at home wine tastings

Organiser: Averys Wine Merchants
Format: Weekly videos from the Averys team, focusing on some of their favourite topics
Platform: YouTube
Times: No live broadcasts. Watchable any time on YouTube with new videos every Wednesday at 7pm

Justerini & Brooks – masters' series

Organiser: Justerini & Brooks
Format: 'a weekly spotlight on an affordable, everyday drinking wine from one of the world’s greatest winemakers'
Platform: Zoom – click here to join
Times: every Tuesday at 17:00 BST

Apéro Bleu Online

Organiser: Chêne Bleu Wines
Format: join Chêne Bleu and bring a bottle for 'a fun way to shoot the virtual breeze and share a bit of escapism while stuck at home'. Every week they alternate French and English.
Platform: Zoom – sign up here
Times: every Wednesday at 17:30 BST

The Wine Workshop

Organiser: The Wine Workshop
Format: weekly guided tastings led by experts, with several different packages of wine that can be purchased and delivered in advance
Platform: See their website for full details.
Times: every Thursday at 20:00 BST

After work wine tasting

Organiser: Corney & Barrow
Format: weekly online tastings hosted by C&B staff, featuring three wines from their portfolio
Platform: Zoom – details here
Times: every Thursday at 18:00 BST

The HYO club

Organiser: The Princess and The Pinot
Format: These 'host your own' online tasting webinars feature Amelia Singer from The Wine Show and can be watched both live and on YouTube.
Platform: Zoom and YouTube – see their website for details
Times: every Thursday at 20:30 BST

The Friday Bubble

Organiser: The Finest Bubble with Essi Avellan
Format: Online weekly tastings with Master of Wine Essi Avellan and Nick Baker with guest chefs de caves. Special-offer cases of champagnes can be bought in advance from their website.
Platform: Instagram Live
Date: every Friday at 18:30 BST