With the world in lockdown and those who can and care to, turning to their wine wracks, cellars, fridges and merchants, a growing number of professional wine communicators are turning their webcams or phone cams on and switching them LIVE - here are a few that I have spotted and think worth sharing.
The Drinks Coach UK:
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TV personality and wine expert Joe Wadsack, is inviting viewers into his home for fun and informative but not too technical 10-minute consumer tastings. These are broadcast on The Drinks Coach’s dedicated YouTube Channel, every weekday at 8.30pm.
Joe says: “This is a challenging time for everyone. I’m here to make you smile as you enjoy a relaxing drink at the end of the day, whether you’ve been juggling work, kids, running a house or simply going a bit crazy. With The Drinks Coach, I’ll be bringing you a short burst of drinks fun and expertise, that will guarantee you never mumble over a wine list again. Ask questions, share your favourites and let me help you with your drink woes.”
The Finest Bubble - the sparkling wine retailer has always been good at communicating via their Instagram channel. Follow them to keep up
The next show will see Vitalie Taittinger as a guest providing insights in then pleasures of Champagne.
@TheFinestBubble with #VitalieTaittinger @TaittingerUK for a Q&A as part of #TheFridayBubble Instagram Live masterclass & tasting (Friday 17th @ 18:30): https://instagram.com/thefinestbubble/… #TheFinestBubble
67 Pall Mall:
67 Pall Mall is London’s wine trade Mecca regularly with frequent and regularly attended wine tastings throughout the year. In place of physical tastings, the club's management is organising a schedule of virtual events with big-name wine pros.
View the full calendar here: 67pallmall.com/events/
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Bruno Almeida was on a trip to Porto in Northern Portugal that I attended for the Essencia annual tasting. Having extensive knowledge of Portuguese wine varieties (there are many!) and producers, Bruno was generous with his knowledge on the trip. Now you can tune into the New York-based sommelier’s Instagram channel where he regularly cracks opens some bottles or speaks to other industry professionals:
The Wine Show @ HOME will be broadcasting daily episodes at 7pm GMT, Monday to Friday. Join us at home (well, in Joe's attic) to find out how Britain's local wine merchants are lifting spirits across the country. Joe will be tasting three wines each day and answering your wine questions.