How do wineries battle the coronavirus blues? By being creative, stepping up, helping their employees and keeping you smiling during these sobering times. Many wineries across the country are reaching out through social media with virtual tastings. Others are offering enticing deals with curbside pickup (which my wife and I did safely this past Sunday), and lowering shipping costs to make sure you don’t run out.
Here’s a list of what a handful of wineries are doing in Northern California.
Gloria Ferrer (Sonoma): Live nearby? For three bottles of winery exclusives or more, delivery is free within 15 miles of Sonoma. $5 for 16 to 20 miles out, $10 for 21 to 30 miles. Live further but gotta have bubbles? A case of 12 ships for free. Call 866-845-6742 and leave a message.
Pedroncelli Winery (Geyserville): They can fulfill online and telephone orders with curbside pick-up. They’re open for limited days and hours for now. Also, $5 shipping on 12+ bottles. Promo code: #sipsonoma
Paul Mathew Vineyards (Graton): They’re offering free home delivery to locals in Sonoma County with a six bottle minimum. Sonoma County is huge but listening to their outgoing message it doesn’t matter where you live in SoCo, they’ll deliver to you. firstname.lastname@example.org
Equality Vines (Guerenville): Also free local delivery in all Sonoma County. Live further away? No worries, they’re offering free UPS shipping to 44 states with a two-bottle purchase. 15% discount on six bottles.
Marimar Estate (Sebastopol): Free shipping included on orders of six or more bottles with code SHIPMYWINE. No-contact curbside pickup and complimentary delivery within a 15-mile radius of their estate in Sebastopol.
Green & Red Vineyards (Chiles Valley): Their Spring Trio, Zinfandels from three of their highly praised vineyards, is just $82, a 15% savings! Need to overcome cabin fever? Take the leisurely country drive into the Vaca Mountain range above Napa Valley and pick it up curbside, they’ll give you a free bottle of Green and Red Estate olive oil if you mention On The Wine Road. That’s a nice addition for your kitchen! Is this Zin special? Alice Waters has offered Green & Red as the house red wine at the renowned Chez Panisse restaurant for nearly 40 years!
Raymond Vineyards (St. Helena): Raymond is celebrating their 50 anniversary this year. Join the party at home with free shipping on online orders of 6 bottles or more with code SHIP6. Or choose curbside pickup. Place your order on-line and choose a time you would like to pick it up. Email the team at email@example.com to place your order.
Louis M. Martini (St. Helena): Choose Curbside Concierge Service. From 12:00 – 5:00 daily, you can call 707-968-3362 or email firstname.lastname@example.org your order. Then drive up to their tasting room and they’ll deliver the wine to your car 30 minutes after your order is received. Now THAT’S service.
Paradigm Wines (Oakville): They’re offering a rarely seen discount on their 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon. Regularly $92, it’s now just $55! The winemaker? The highly respected Heidi Barrett. As always, 1% of your purchase directly supports environmental non-profits with their 1% for the Planet membership.
This is just a sample of the many ways wineries are helping you save money and keeping their employees working .
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and across the state at Discover California Wines as they celebrate Down to Earth Month throughout April.
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