Join Local Wineries for “Open That Local Wine” Night on Saturday, March 28

This is a tough time for local wineries, no matter where local is for you. Tasting rooms as we know them are closed down. Curbside pickup and online sales are helping keep wineries afloat, but no one really knows how long they’ll need to operate like this – or how long most will be able to, financially.

You can help by supporting your local wineries directly. To help, I’ve compiled a list of wineries offering deals on shipping and/or online purchases.

Social distancing is the right thing to do right now, but the disconnectedness many of us feel right now, coupled with all of the unknowns in the world right now have been a bit on edge.

Early last week, Cork Report contributor Gina Shay and I were messaging back and forth about some sort of virtual tasting to bring the wine community together, but we didn’t come up with any hard and fast ideas.

Enter fellow East Coast-based wine writer Frank Morgan who on Friday proposed making Saturday, March 28 “Open that Bottle of Virginia Wine Night.” Frank borrowed the idea from Dorothy J Gaiter and John Brecher (formerly of the Wall Street Journal) and put a Virginia spin on it, as he always does.

After getting Frank’s okay to do so, Gina, the rest of the Cork Report team and I have decided to blow this thing up and instead make Saturday, March 28 “Open That Bottle of Local Wine Night.”

This is meant to be a celebration of all of the great local wine we all love and have in our cellars. If you have a bottle of local wine that you’ve been holding onto for a special occasion, we’d like to encourage you to open it with us (virtually) on Saturday night. Or, you can always buy a special bottle from your favorite local winery.

Don’t get caught up in the “special” aspect of this though. It doesn’t need to be a fancy or expensive bottle. Find a bottle of local wine and join us on Saturday, March 28.

To take part in “Open That Bottle of Local Wine Night” all you need to do is:

  1. Get a bottle of local wine (or cider) and open it Saturday, March 28
  2. Enjoy it with a nice meal – either home-cooked for takeout from your favorite local restaurant (they need your help too!)
  3. Post picture(s) of the wine or wines online – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter using hashtag #openlocalwine. Share why you picked that wine (or wines) and who you are sharing it with.
  4. Raise a glass to the winemaker who made it.
  5. Drink it and enjoy it with your family.

If you do join us for “Open That Bottle of Local Wine Night” please also @ mention the winery/winemaker as well as me on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram (I’m @lennthompson on the latter two) as well as Frank Morgan at @drinkwhatulike on the same platforms. That way we can share your posts around and really make this feel like a celebration.

All are welcome. That means you’re going to see posts from wineries, wine writers, sommeliers and wine lovers from every corner of wine country (we hope).

Comments (12):

  1. Chuck Park

    March 22, 2020 at 6:17 pm

    We would like to be listed under Maryland Wineries.

    16 Howard St
    Cumberland MD 21502

  2. Kristi Ward

    March 23, 2020 at 6:41 pm

    Hello- Can you tell me how we can be listed?

    Llano Estacado Winery
    3426 E. FM 1585
    Lubbock, TX 79404

  3. Marie Kuyon

    March 24, 2020 at 1:52 pm

    Deer Run Winery 3772 West Lake Rd Geneseo, New York
    We are offering:
    19% discount 12+ bottles of wine & a free roll of toilet paper (for our pick up orders only) with every case ordered
    Use Coupon Code: COVID19
    We are offering curbside pick up at our location, guests do not need to get out of their vehicle
    For shipped orders, we are sharing in the shipping costs and giving 50% off shipping on all orders of 3 bottles or more

  4. Julia Hoyle

    March 24, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    Hi Lenn and Co!

    Could Hosmer Winery please be listed on your link to wineries running specials? Below is what we have on offer through the end of March-

    $10 flat rate shipping on 3 or more bottles AND $15 off $150 purchase or more with code 15OFF (these two offers can be combined)


  5. Dana Estep

    March 24, 2020 at 6:13 pm

    Great idea Frank, Lenn and Gina. Working to see what I can come up with given the constraints we’re now operating under in Allegheny County/Pittsburgh. For many years, did OTBN with my next door neighbors and two other couples. Will see if my neighbors feel like they can join me. May look at doing something virtual with the others. Will have to go with FLX wines as I don’t have any PA on hand.

    • Lenn Thompson

      March 25, 2020 at 7:52 pm

      You should maintain social distancing — so do it virtually!

  6. Marc Goldstein

    March 25, 2020 at 1:42 pm

    Would you please also list
    Old York Cellars- Ringoes Nj
    Current specials are:
    10% bottles 15% off cases
    Club member special
    20% off bottles 25% off cases
    Delivery From the winery to: Ringoes, Lambertville, Stockton, West/East Amwell, Hillsborough, Hopewell, Flemington
    Call 908.284.9463 to place your order

    Delivery from Quaker bridge mall to Princeton, Lawerenceville, West Windsor, East Windsor, Plainsboro, Cranbury, Robinsville, South Brunswick
    Call 609.799.2707 to place your order.


    March 25, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    Hello All Schwenk Wine Cellars, 1456 Bills Rd ,Kent, ,NY
    Curbside up service at our winery no need to get out vehicle, delivery service with 3 bottles or more in the county
    of Orleans, 10 bottles or more in Monroe, Genesee, and Niagara Counties, place your orders at [email protected] with phone no., shipping of case lots in New York and surrounding states

    And as all ways “Cheers” to all and be healthy
    Paul & Cathy Schwenk

  8. Dawn Ellis

    March 26, 2020 at 1:07 pm

    Thank you kindly for your continued support with our wine industry. This is such a great idea! Please add our winery to the NY wineries..
    Willow Creek Winery-NY, Has the following ” Free On-line Shipping” /”Curbside Pickup-Specials”:

    We at Willow Creek Winery -NY Strongly encourage everyone to “Stay home and Stay Safe by taking advantage of our “FREE SHIPPING” Special on any order of 6-12 bottles! Please visit our website: anytime to place your online order! Please use code: here4u , to receive our FREE Shipping Special!!
    Local residence We are here for you too – We are offering: Prepaid Phone Orders and Scheduling Customer Pickup times. We will bring your wine order to your vehicle with our Preferred Curbside Pickup for anyone who would like to choose that option! Please give us a call 716-860-4743 to place your order!
    Prepaid Phone Order Pick-Up Specials $6.00 off 3 Bottles/$12.00 off 6 Bottles/$25.00 off 12 Bottles .

    Willow Creek Winery
    2627 Chapin Road
    Silver Creek, NY 14136


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