virtual wine tasting
Wine & Cocktails

Book a Virtual Wine Tasting With Root & Flower

Kirsten Dobroth
April 6, 2020

What a whirlwind it’s been; when we announced in late February that we were finally opening our new location on Bridge Street, we couldn’t have imagined shuttering (temporarily!) a few weeks later due to the current COVID-19 outbreak and statewide order to close nonessential businesses. That being said, we’re making the best of the situation, thanks to our lineup of virtual wine tasting classes, build-your-own-cocktail kits, and DIY meal packages straight from our bar to your kitchen.

Taste Like a Pro … Online

If you’ve missed pulling up a barstool and listening to Root & Flower co-owner Jeremy Campbell wax poetic about a niche bottle our pour from our wine collection, you can now get the same experience at home with our three scheduled classes through the month of April. Our “Tour de France” tasting (April 10, 6 to 7:30 p.m., $55 to $80) includes a selection of 3 ounce pours of our favorite varietals from France, with a discussion led via video conference with Jeremy Campbell—and an optional cheese and charcuterie add-on. The “California Cool” virtual wine tasting class (April 17, 6 to 7:30 p.m., $55 to $80) walks participants through a curated tasting of not-your-average California cabs (think niche varietals from up-and-coming California producers) with an optional cheese and charcuterie pairing. And then there’s the “Build a Home Cocktail Bar Like the Pros” tutorial, where we’ll provide you with all the essentials (shaker, strainer, spoon, and jigger), plus the ingredients to whip up two classic cocktails from your home (April 24, 6 to 7:30 p.m., $75).

What to Expect

We’ll drop all the class supplies at your house before the tasting, and send you a video link to join the discussion live at the set time. Don’t live in the valley? That’s okay—we can recommend bottles to pick up from your local liquor store so you can join the discussion while you practice social distancing from wherever you live. And if you’re interested in a tasting, but have a specific theme or group in mind, we can make that happen, too.

“I co-hosted two tastings through Vail Relationship Institute and loved how they cultivated connection. It was a diverse group and with people who didn’t all know each other. And yet, we were still able to feel like a community,” says Vail-based therapist Jessica Waclawski. “People expressed how much fun they had and how it helped them get their minds off of the scary unknown. It’s a beautiful way to enjoy the good things in life—like wine—while also connecting!”

And provides us all something to cheers to while we’re staying home.