Old York Cellars Virtual Vines wine tasting

Next Thursday night, July 30, I’ll be participating in Virtual Vines, an online wine tasting and Twitter chat hosted by Old York Cellars in Ringoes.

This is how it works.

You order the wines that are featured in the Virtual Vines. This month, there are three wines from Old York’s What Exit series in the tasting. The wines are 20% off their regular price and if you use the coupon code TVVSHIP, you’ll get free shipping.

  • What Exit White: This blend of 90% Chenin Blanc and 10% Seyval Blanc has melon and pear tones with hints of vanilla and honey.
  • What Exit Red:This Barbera varietal, blended with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, is a dry red with balanced tannins and a smooth finish.
  • What Exit Blush: Made from 90% Chenin Blanc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon this dry blend resembles a Rosé in style.

On the night of the tasting, gather together your wines, some foods to pair them with, and whatever you use to watch YouTube and Tweet. At 7pm, Old York will release a pre-recorded video on YouTube of winemaker Scott Gares and sommelier Laurin Dorman tasting and discussing the wines with each other. During that time, Scott and Laurin will be live on Twitter and anyone who is taking part in Virtual Vines can chat with them about the wines, asking any question they’d like. Use the hashtag #virtualvines in all your tweets so everyone involved in the chat will see them.

Old York Cellars is teaming up with Cabot Cheese for this tasting, and I think that’s brilliant. If you’re not familiar with this cheese made from a co-op of farmers who provide hormone-free dairy for Cabot’s products, you should be. I wrote about them a few years ago for MNN. Ever since Cabot has been my go-to cheddar.

Cabot sources its milk through the Cabot Creamery Cooperative. The co-op is made up of more than 1,300 family dairies in New England and upstate New York. The co-op is owned and operated by the farmers and their families. One hundred percent of the profits go right back to the co-op farmers. The farmers who provide the dairy for Cabot’s products also have a say in how the company works.

On the night of the Virtual Vine tastings, I usually gather up anything I have around the house that I want to try pairing with that month’s wines. The photo below is of the wines and the foods I gathered up for the last tasting that was in May. The photo is a little dark, but on that board I had Cabot Seriously Sharp Cheddar, some blue cheese, strawberries, dark chocolate and pecans. What I love about these tastings is that I can try the wines with the foods, discuss the pairings with everyone else in the chat, and find out what others are pairing with them that are successful pairings.

There is still time to order your Virtual Vines box and participate in this tasting. If you go for it, make sure you’re following me on Twitter @rshreeves, and shoot me a tweet beforehand letting me know you’ll be participating, too.

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