A follow-up to my previous article on May 12, 2020 to share the outcomes of the porch wine drop-offs and planned virtual wine tastings.



Not only did we desperately miss our friends and need a date night, I personally really missed wine during my pregnancy. Wine tasting takes practice and after not drinking for 10 months, I’m working on re-calibrating my taste buds.


Preparations for a virtual wine tasting among friends

We had three zoom calls last week, each with a different couple and bottle of wine. In advance, I shared a wine tasting approach tool and the Wine Folly Aroma and Flavor Wheel to support the structure of the tasting. I also gave them specific instructions about preparing for the tasting as mentioned in my previous article.




Stephanie Roberts and her family

Professional wine tasting skills

Now, my friends enjoy wine, have visited many wineries, and attended many tastings. BUT they have never learned the skills or built the knowledge needed to professionally taste wine. By professional, I am referring to tasting wine following a methodology. Tasting wine is not rocket science, but it does take practice, concentration, and objectivity. By following a formal methodology, you are able to compare wines on a level playing field and also learn to appreciate wine on a new level.

We tasted the wines with each couple, walking through the methodology and documenting our collective tasting notes.




Fresh and bright, but a bit rounder than I’d like for an Albariño. Consensus was that we wouldn’t purchase this wine at retail price, $15.99; however, not bad at the current sale price of $12.99 as it is a refreshing summer wine.





Classic Pinot Noir. While we could not understand the 92 rating from James Suckling, we did think that for the price it’s a solid Pinot Noir. I am interested in how this would perform with a good food pairing.





Simple and easy drinking Napa Cab that needed some time to open up; however, again could not reconcile the 93 James Suckling rating even though one of our tasters guessed that this one retailed above $40 because of its origin. Overall though, this one had good value for the price.





What did I enjoy most?

Sharing my passion and knowledge with friends who have a curiosity for wine!

What did they enjoy most?

Learning how to taste wine like a professional in an approachable environment.


NEXT UP: Virtual Rosé Wine Tasting

Our friends enjoyed this so much, that they requested to do another virtual tasting together to focus on rosé wine. I selected the following wines from Winestore Lake Norman and we set a date for a Zoom tasting. Stay tuned for the results in June.

  1. Birichino Vin Gris – On Sale $12.99
  2. Block & Tackle Rose – $7.99
  3. Pico Maccario Lavignone Rosato – On Sale $12.99



Stephanie Roberts, WSET® Certified, is passionate about educating people about wine and all its complexities. She believes that through education comes enlightenment and approachability—elevating the wine and food experience. Stephanie is the founder of Corks & Boards, offering unique and tailored wine experiences.

Furthermore, you can schedule your own virtual wine tasting with Stephanie that includes formal education about the wine subject (such as style, region or varietal) and instruction on how to follow a formal tasting methodology. It’s a fun event for a casual Zoom with friends, Father’s Day gift, birthday, etc. Message Stephanie through Facebook or IG (@corksandboards).




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