Sonoma County wineries have recently come up with two remarkable wine offers designed for home delivery. The special offers originate from two associations: Sonoma County Vintners Association and the Wineries of Sonoma Valley.
Each organization came up with lengthy lists filled with many hard to find, high quality wines as well as just downright delicious, priced-right wines to buy by the case.
What’s also noteworthy is that quite a few wines are from small wineries selling, until recently, exclusively via club membership. So you can test drive, say, a wine from “Three Sticks” or Kamen to see if the reputation is deserved.
Here’s the first website to browse, followed by the premise:
“In this unprecedented time, The Sonoma Valley Wine Collective offers access to wines typically only offered at the wineries with limited availability or production. Your purchase not only enhances your wine library, it supports the many family owned Sonoma Valley wineries and their employees who look forward to welcoming you back when we are able.
A percentage of sales generated from The Sonoma Valley Wine Collective will be donated to the La Luz Crisis Fund to meet the unmet and urgent needs of our community.”
Being able to sort by varietal and by region makes this site so easy to browse.
And of course, that’s what I’ve been doing all day.
Here is my handy tipsheet and quick guide by wine type.
The Best Picks:
- Cabernet Sauvignon: Kamen, Tin Barn Vineyards, and Laurel Glen Vineyards
- Pinot Noir: Auteur, Donum Estate, Robledo, Walt, and Schug
- Zinfandel: Jeff Cohn Cellars
- Syrah: Kamen
- Sauvignon Blanc: Beltane Ranch, Tin Barn Vineyards
- Chardonnay: Bonneau Wines, Schug Cellars
The second awesome list is from the Sonoma County Vintners who opened with this background:
“Sonoma County Wineries have created a variety of special offers to alleviate the cost to ship wine directly to your doorstep. You can still purchase wines from hundreds of Sonoma County wineries that will deliver to you. Below is a list of shipping offers to consider during this difficult time. Consider a virtual wine happy hour with your friends and family to stay connected.”
check this one out at https://sonomawine.com/sip-from-home/
Many many wineries are participating. A few are on both lists.
But the offers on this one focus more on shipping, pick up, and various delivery options.
So you have to find a winery that interests you, and go from there.
Free shipping on Silver Oak Cellars and Sojourn Cellars are eye catching examples.
Carol Shelton offers $5 case shipping but great discounts, such as:
2018 Rendezvous Rose, regularly $17 for 50% off, just $8.50/bottle
2018 Wild Thing Chardonnay, regularly $19 for 30% off, just $13.30/bottle
2013 King Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon, $40 regularly for 50% off, now $20/bottle (Only 6 cases left)
Several offer virtual tastings only.
Because there are so many variables, I’m listing my favorite wineries on this list that deserve your attention. Otherwise, good luck finding what you prefer.
Top 10 Wineries that stand out on this list:
- Alexander Valley Vineyards
- Carol Shelton
- Collier Falls
- Crossbarn by Paul Hobbs
- Donelan Family Wines
- Lynmar Estate
- Trentadue Vineyards
Franky, these are all so solid, it is hard to pick a favorite.
But if I had something like a birthday coming up, I would go with Donelan, so hard to find in normal times.
But have fun going over these choices.
Remember, I do this for fun.
You can thank me later.