With the “Stay in Place” order across the state of Virginia in effect until June 10—unless we hear otherwise—restaurants, wine stores, and wineries have had to adapt their business models to still serve their customers as best they can, given the constraints of the official order. Businesses have ramped up their carry out, added or adapted curbside pick-up, and upped their shipping game, in order to keep their beloved business open so they can serve their loyal customers, both old and new.
Virginia wineries have taken to Instagram live, Facebook live, and Zoom teleconferencing, in order to stay engaged with their customers. Many wineries have created virtual tasting packages, where people can order a 2- or 4-pack of wine and taste those wines, along with the winemakers on a social media platform, at a designated date and time. This helps wineries by giving a way to have a revenue stream during these difficult days, and for those staying in place at home, it provides a way to “go to a wine tasting” from their own home, while helping local small businesses across the state.
Many Virginia wineries are offering discounts on wines, discounts off shipping, local delivery, or safe curbside pickup. The Virginia Wine In My Pocket app has compiled a list of these offers, which can be found here on their website page, at "Show Some Love, Buy Some Virginia Wine." The Virginia Wine Marketing Board is incentivizing the sale of Virginia wines at restaurants and wine shops, providing marketing assistance to help all businesses that sell Virginia wine, with a win-win strategy. They have also adapted the VA Wine website to include a listing of virtual events. You can view all Virginia wine events here, at the Virginia Wine Events page. Under events category select “Virtual” and click “Filter” to get just the virtual events. Also, virtual tastings have received great press from the Washington, DC, media. Here are recent articles on the phenomenon from the Washington Post, Washingtonian magazine, and the Loudoun Times-Mirror.
At City Vino, we have always tried to have a varied selection of Virginia wines on our shelves. Our current list of wines that are in stock can be found here, at City Vino - Virginia Wines in Stock, and includes wines from near and far across the state. Want to order some Virginia wine to help support the wineries? How about letting us set you up with some Virginia wines from our inventory. We can create a 2, 4, 6 or case box of wines that will allow you to explore wines from a variety of wineries across the state.
If you are not familiar with the wines of Gabriele Rausse, who is considered by many as the godfather of modern (post Jeffersonian) Virginia, as he helped establish the vineyards at Barboursville, consider trying one or more. For those that have never been to RdV Vineyards, in Northern Virginia, with its high-tech facility but have wanted to, we have a couple of their wines available. For sparkling wine lovers, the Thibaut-Janisson sparkling wine is produced by Claude Thibaut, who was one of the first in the state to produce sparkling wines.