In a move to encourage wine lovers to sample more wines, the New York Wine and Spirit Commission has launched a virtual wine tastings event.
The Wine and Spirits Council (WSC) says the event is designed to provide people with the opportunity to sample wine by the bottle or in the wine cellar.
In the video, participants can also get samples of premium wines and wine cellar products.
“You’ll hear stories about wine, you’ll hear from wine experts, you will hear from producers,” WSC President David Fink told Mashable.
“And then you can go and taste them.”
The event is being hosted by WSC’s Wine and Beer Guide.
The WSC says there are over 500 wines and more than 1,000 wine cellar samples available to sample.
The wine tasters are also providing free samples of wine to attendees, WSC Executive Director John DeCicco told Mashables.
WSC also announced it is launching a virtual tour program, where attendees can learn more about wine by bottle.
The first virtual tour is taking place from 1 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, September 23 at The Bierkäsek Estate, a wine bar in St. Louis.
Participants can sample wine in the glass of a private tasting room with a large glass table, and then enjoy the wines.
“This is an opportunity to really dive into wine,” DeCICco said.
Wines from St. Vincent de Paul and the Rothschilds will be available for tasting.
The second virtual tour takes place on Wednesday, September 24 at St. John’s Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
Participants will have the opportunity for tasting samples of wines from The Rothschilds, St. Martin and Vintners, and The Biersch, among others.
Participants also have the option to try wines from other local wineries, and also wine from neighboring states, WSSC says.
Participants in the virtual tour can also see wines that are only available to purchase by the glass, WSPC says, adding that some wines are limited in availability.
The third virtual tour starts at 1 p.l.m., on Wednesday and runs through the evening.
WSSCC Executive Director of Events and Marketing Rob Bredin told Mashups that the first virtual wine tour will be at St John’s church on September 23.
Participants should have a chance to sample wines in the private tasting rooms, which will also be open to the public.
The other two virtual wine tours will take place at The St. Thomas and The Pines, two wineries located in St Louis.
The Pilsner Urquell, a high-alcohol Pilsen that’s produced by the St. Paul, Minnesota-based Pilsener Brothers winery, will be the third tour.
Participants who attend the virtual tours can sample wines by the small glass or glass of wine, and WSSCS is also offering a small tasting glass for the first two virtual tours.
“When we announced this partnership with WSSSC, it was because of the excitement that consumers have in sampling wine by a glass,” Bredins said.
“We are very excited to partner with them, because they provide great wines and have been great partners in the past.”
The virtual wine events are scheduled to run through September 29.
Bredinos also said WSSCs wine tasting program will expand beyond the virtual wine programs.
“Our next event will be a wine tasting on Friday, October 2 at The Piers on Park Avenue in New York City,” he said.
The event will feature wines from the Stavros, the Bierks, and the Gros Vosges.
“For the second virtual wine event, we are going to be expanding the Wine and Vine program,” Breen said.
He added that there will also continue to be wine tasting events at St Thomas Church of Christ in St Charles, Missouri, and at the Bierskästel in Berlin, Germany.
“WSSC is also working on a wine and spirits tour program that is open to all ages,” Brunins said, adding the program will also focus on international wines.
According to WSSCA’s website, the Wine & Spirits Council was created in 2008 to encourage people to learn more and enjoy wine.
WSWC, which has more than 50 members, has partnered with other organizations to offer virtual wine-tasting events, including the Stereosonic Festival in New Orleans and the Wine Club of New Orleans.
Wine and spirits tastings are also available at restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and even at the grocery store.
“As our membership grows, so do the opportunities to connect with the industry and to explore wines,” Bricusi said.
Wine tasting programs are also being offered through various social media platforms.
The Virtual Wine Tour is the first of its kind.
Bricosi said the WSSCP is