Celebrating the Fourth of July will look a little different this year. While it may be difficult to visit your favorite winery — with varying restrictions due to COVID-19 depending on where you are — these Pacific Northwest wineries have released wine kits, making it possible for you to bring a piece of them home. Invite your friends to a virtual happy hour, grab some wine glasses and sip on these American beauties.
Avennia’s Tasting Kit
The wine tasting kit from Avennia Winery features five different five-ounce bottles, including new releases and signature sips. Among these is the 2017 Arnaut Syrah, the 2018 Oliane Sauvignon Blanc and the 2019 L’Egerie Rosé, a dry rose named after the French word for “muse.” The kit is available for delivery in Washington’s King County, alternately, there is a curbside pickup option from their tasting room in Woodinville, Washington.
Love That Red Winery’s Blind Tasting Challenge
Try your luck with the blind tasting challenge from another Woodinville, Washington, winery, Love That Red Winery. Ramp up the fun and order several kits and compete with your friends over video chat or test your own skills. Along with five one-ounce tastings, the kit comes with instructions and a wine list. You provide the wine glasses and blindfold!
Left Coast Estate’s Blending Kit
Take wine tasting a step further — and become somewhat of a vintner yourself — with the blending kit from Left Coast Estate in Rickreall, Oregon. The kit comes with a wine key, a graduated cylinder, as well as tech and blending trial sheets — all to help you mix and match three different bottles of Pinot Noir. Follow the provided instructions to try Left Coast’s recommended blends or try your own approach, and compete with your friends for the best blend.
Willamette Valley Vineyards’ American Wine Society Virtual Tasting Kit
Willamette Valley Vineyards is offering a hand-selected wine tasting kit for American Wine Society Members, which includes the 2016 Bernau Block Pinot Noir and the exclusive bottle of the 2017 Bernau Block Pinot. The kit also comes with two extra-large wine glasses from the Riedel Vinum glass collection. As you are tasting, commit some new knowledge to memory with the included aroma wine wheel, fact sheet and evaluation chart.
Adelsheim’s Blind Tasting Kit
Up to four participants can try the blind tasting kit from Adelsheim. There is an option for a Chardonnay or Pinot Noir kit, but it wouldn’t hurt to try both! The kit comes with three bottles of carefully selected Adelsheim wines from Newberg, Oregon, that are distinct in taste and characteristics. There is a tasting mat, instructions, pens and even a personal notebook provided in the kit, all to help you put your wine knowledge to the test.
Auction of Washington Wines Virtual Tastings
Not quite a kit, per se, but the live virtual tasting series from the Auction of Washington Wines features (you guessed it) Washington winemakers hosted by award-winning wine author Karen MacNeil. Each session features three or more next-level Washington winemakers who have recommended bottles of their own wine for the tasting. The registration is free, but viewers are encouraged to taste along and can order through Seattle’s Esquin Wine & Spirits or through the MadWine website, shipping everywhere else. Sessions are currently scheduled until the end of August.