Sip While You SIP: Virtual Wine Tastings in the Sacramento Area
May 8, 2020

Sip While You SIP: Virtual Wine Tastings in the Sacramento Area

Sheltering in place got you down? Although the greater Sacramento area has plenty of great wineries nearby, shelter in place orders have shuttered tasting rooms and cancelled winery events that are so common this time of year. If you’re missing the breezy spring afternoons spent sipping wines with friends in the Sierra foothills or Sacramento Delta, fear not. Many wineries are now offering virtual wine tastings, so you can learn all about the latest releases without leaving the safety of your home. Following are some of the best wineries in the greater Sacramento region (and beyond!) that are offering virtual wine tastings and other events, so you can sip while you SIP!


Crystal Basin Cellars | Camino

Crystal Basin Cellars in Camino is known for its selection of wines produced from grapes planted by gold miners in the Sierra foothills. Their 100-year-old tasting room is a great spot to visit during a trip to Apple Hill. Now, they are going online, with Virtual Blending Experiences. You can purchase wines ahead of time and then follow along at home as winemaker Mike Owen blends his popular wines.


Newsome Harlow | Murphys


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Located in the picturesque town of Murphys, Newsome Harlow makes award-winning wines and are especially known for their Zinfandels. During the quarantine, Newsome Harlow is offering a range of virtual events, including wine tasting, cooking classes and happy hours. Most events are recorded, so you if you can’t make it live, you can watch at a time that’s convenient for you, either on their website or Facebook page.


Andis Wine | Plymouth

Interested in Italian varietals? Curious as to why wine bottles are shaped the way they are? Andis Wines in Plymouth has a Virtual Tasting Room each Wednesday where you can sip wines and learn more about the process. Each week, they provide a list of wines for you to pre-order so you can follow along.


Boeger Winery | Placerville



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Boeger Winery in Placerville  may have closed their tasting room, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still sip their wines. They are now hosting virtual Sip & Cook events via Facebook live. Tune in every Sunday when Justin and Eileen Boeger prepare an entrée, appetizer or dessert, which they pair with their featured wines (which you can order ahead of time). They also provide the recipe so you can cook along with them!


Voluptuary Wines | Sacramento

Small-batch, organic, all-natural wines are the hallmark of Voluptuary Wines in Sacramento. You can order a five-wine tasting kit or full bottles and join their Virtual Tasting Room every Saturday at 5 p.m. Events include tastings with guest winemakers, custom blending experiences and even a drink and draw event similar to paint & sip.


Silt Wine Company | Clarksburg



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Based in Clarksburg, Silt Wine Company offers a range of delectable wines, from a bright rosé to a crisp chenin blanc to a dry pinot noir. You can order them in advance and sip them during Virtual Wine Tastings held on Thursday evenings. The themed flights include three bottles of wine and you can download a tasting sheet in advance.


E16 Winery | Somerset

The hillside vineyard of E16 Winery in Somerset turns out some exceptional wines, including Viognier, Barbera and Syrah. The winemakers host live, interactive tastings on Friday evenings, and you can pre-order a special “Virtual Tasting Bundle” to sip along. If you can’t make the event, you can tune in later and watch the recorded event on E16’s Facebook page.

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Elizabeth Penney

Elizabeth Penney is a content writer for Lyon Real Estate and the Lyon Local blog. A Sacramento native with a marketing background, she shares her insider knowledge on restaurants, attractions and outdoor activities throughout the greater Sacramento area and beyond.