There’s only one way to sample all the world’s finest libations while wearing your pajamas (if you want): a virtual alcohol tasting event.
Drink your way through the finest wines from Sonoma, Oregon’s Willamette Valley, and New York’s Finger Lakes. Virtually jet to the Scottish highlands to sample some scotch. Kick back with beer brewed on the other side of the country. And best of all, do it all without leaving your living room (or finding a designated driver).
Social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic led many wineries, distilleries, and breweries to shutter their tasting rooms. Yet, out of the ashes and the coronavirus madness, emerged several boozy virtual tasting experiences to help you reconnect with your friends and coworkers…the support group you can no longer just meet at the bar.
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Are you ready to raise your glass to all those flat smiling faces in your computer screen?
Overindulge in those scrumptious sparkling wines and provide an inarticulate lesson on food pairings via Instagram Live?
Cheers to that! Find an event (or several) featuring your favorite beverages using the list below.
Virtual Beer Tasting Ideas
An immersive beer and cheese flavor extravaganza
Bold flavors paired with colorful commentary make this virtual experience deliciously unforgettable. Partakers receive a tasting box packed with artisan brews and gourmet cheese, all of which they can savor to the fullest thanks to the help of an expert host who will add color and context to the flavors.
- Custom tasting box delivery makes your event unique
- Seasonal options are available
- Personalization features give you exactly what you want
Why we love it: It’s a memorable experience where you can also pick up knowledge and skills to use in future tastings and future conversations.
Where can I learn more? City Brew Tours
This virtual beer tasting experience pairs well with a Facebook live recap of your top beer and cheese match-ups. After this expertly guided experience, you will be an influential tastemaker!
A powerhouse trio of craft brews, camaraderie, and convenience
Sample microbrews from Slo Brew, a California brewpub once named “Brew Pub of the Year” at The Great American Beer Festival. Just sipping these brews might be considered a party, but with the tasting experience, you also get guidance from an expert host that helps you truly get lost in the world of fine beer.
- Flexible timing and an open link allow for an extended virtual happy hour after each tasting
- Private tastings are led by hosts with certified libation knowledge
- Personalized shipments with special pricing are available on request
Why we love it: This experience is unmatched in terms of the wide variety of beers you get to taste and the knowledge of the hosts you get to learn from.
Where can I learn more? Priority Wine Pass
This virtual beer tasting experience pairs well with Virtual Clue Murder Mystery, a whodunnit extraordinaire that combines video conferencing and a specially designed app to make every aspect of solving the mystery, from examining clues to reviewing case files, flow perfectly.
The ultimate beer-infused staycation
Experience a wonderful world of beer without leaving your living room. As you taste your beer on Zoom, you’ll talk about it, ponder its flavors, explore its ingredients, and even learn how it’s made. Cater your Sierra Nevada experience according to your preferences, choosing from events ranging from a classic tasting to a comprehensive brewery history lesson.
- Custom experiences and virtual tours cater to your preferences
- Beer locator tool helps you find brews to build your own tasting kit
- Sample beers widely distributed across the United States
Why we love it: Their customized event options are perfect for groups looking to build on their tasting experience to create a well-rounded virtual event appropriate for everything from a birthday party to a game night.
Where can I learn more? Sierra Nevada
This virtual beer tasting experience pairs well with a rousing round of GeoGuessr, an online game where you peek at a picture and try to guess its location of origin. The game is way more challenging than it seems and in the best possible way.
A stunning sampler of superbly crafted sassy sours
This gift box makes it easy to organize a DIY tasting or even just have your very own solo tasting. You’ll get a handful of mouth-puckering sour beers from indie establishments you won’t see represented at your local market.
- Rotating selection provides peak freshness
- Ready-to-gift packaging makes a stunning presentation
- Pre-curated selections ensure you get a balanced tasting
Why we love it: Creating a DIY sour beer tasting could get risky. You might completely spoil your palate with even just one brew that takes that characteristic funkiness just a little too far. With these hand-picked brews, you can look forward to an enjoyable flavor experience.
Where can I learn more? Tavour
This virtual beer tasting experience pairs well with this webinar about sour beer tasting. Yes, it doesn’t hurt to do some studying before this nuanced tasting.
Expertly crafted beer + expertly crafted fun
At Fullsteam, simply tasting beer is just the base model—you can add other event features to build your perfect experience. Tack on trivia, add a little food-pairing action or even propose an idea of your own invention.
- Fullsteam’s very own CEO hosts the events
- Flexible beer delivery options make life easy
- The event team can plan an event around any theme
Why we love it: The extensive event options help you cherry-pick modules to create your absolute perfect event.
Where can I learn more? Fullsteam
This virtual beer tasting experience pairs well with Virtual Code Break, a mind-boggling game that challenges you and your team to crack a series of puzzles and riddles. Crack the code and pop over to your virtual beer tasting to toasting your victory and your genius.
Virtual Cocktail Tasting Ideas
Delicious cocktails—zero waste
You and your virtual happy hour guests will each receive a perfectly portioned mini cocktail kit that provides everything you need for happy hour without tons of unwanted leftovers or waste. You’ll also get a live demonstration showing you how to expertly mix all your ingredients into a picture-perfect cocktail.
- Everything you need is delivered
- Learn professional mixology techniques
- Ask your cocktail expert questions during a live Q&A
Why we love it: This event caters to the consumer. You don’t have to make a trip to the store or order special ingredients. Everything you need for your big “cheers” moment arrives right at your door.
Where can I learn more? Sourced Cocktails
This virtual cocktail tasting experience pairs well with RetroGames, especially the cult classic, Oregon Trail.
Virtual cocktail classes are the new cocktail party
Pour, mix, shake, and sip—all while learning about the noble craft of the cocktail and making memories with distant friends and loved ones. Set up a private event just for your squad or make some new friends by joining an open class, which usually boasts 100+ fellow cocktail connoisseurs.
- Easy-to-follow instructions help everyone enjoy the event
- Experienced bartenders deliver tips and tricks
- Ingredients may be shipped on request
Why we love it: Structured classes help you avoid that awkward virtual meeting silence and also provide the perfect foundation for all kinds of conversations while drinking responsibility with coworkers.
Where can I learn more? LayLow
This virtual cocktail tasting experience pairs well with a virtual scavenger hunt from Let’s Roam. With your freshly crafted cocktails in hand, just grab your phones and pull up a proprietary app that walks you through a virtual scavenger hunt adventure that will make your own space feel like unexplored territory.
Learn from your friendly neighborhood virtual bartender
Grab a stool and smile at your bartender from across the counter. (This experience translates perfectly to virtual formats.) Come to this class with your game face on. While you will be enjoying some tasty cocktails, you’re also going to learn a ton about professional cocktail-craft techniques and even bartending history.
- Classes are catered to all skill levels
- Expert bartenders provide one-on-one attention
- Instructors adapt to the equipment you already own
Why we love it: This event captures the magic of those good old days when you used to chit chat with your favorite bartender for hours.
Where can I learn more? Equal Parts Co.
This virtual cocktail tasting experience pairs well with personalized happy hour accessories from Swag.com. Add a dash of sweet swag to this classy event to really impress your guests. We love these stackable stemless glasses, this Asobu kuzie, and also this handy on-the-go glass.
Virtual Whiskey Tasting Ideas
Unleash your inner whiskey snob
Anyone can drink whiskey, but the Sommelier Company’s events teach you how to drink whiskey like a master, appreciating new flavor nuances and leveraging expert tasting techniques. Your virtual tasting host can dive deep into topics that interest you, from whiskey etiquette to pairing principles.
- Private events are perfect for team building
- Trained hosts know how to entertain a crowd
- Choose from turn-key and bespoke events
Why we love it: It makes the fine art of whiskey tasting and appreciation delightfully accessible.
Where can I learn more? The Sommelier Company
This virtual whiskey tasting experience pairs well with Colonist, a free online game inspired by the board game Settlers of Catan. You and your whiskey-buzzed team will love creating settlements and roads, distributing finite resources to create the best possible world.
Excellent conversations washed down with excellent Irish whisky
An Irish host helps you enjoy your Irish whiskey to the fullest as you listen to Irish stories and history. Are you detecting a theme here? This experience is an absolute celebration of a beloved cornerstone of Irish culture: whiskey.
- Events are catered to your preferences, goals, and budget
- Choose to BYOB or receive a delivery
- Hear first-hand from an Irish whiskey “ambassador”
Why we love it: Apart from the virtual format, everything about this event feels timeless, something you could easily enjoy while gathered around an old cottage hearth.
Where can I learn more? Stories and Sips
This virtual whiskey tasting experience pairs well with a surprise collection of goodies from Cratejoy. We think the Sealed with Irish Love, Farm to People, or Red Star Vintage Games boxes would perfectly accent this event.
A Scottish getaway in a glass
Created by Aeneas O’Hara, who dedicated his life to helping people discover Scotland’s wonders, this whiskey experience transports you to the fog-crowned highland hills you’ve admired in movies. Learn the mystery and magic of Scottish whiskey during an expertly guided tasting or opt for a film-and-whiskey pairing that allows you to view iconic cinematic landscapes while enjoying an accompanying whiskey.
- The structure cultivates whiskey appreciation, not snobbery
- Learn whiskey facts and lore from a passionate highlander
- Each event is tailor-made
Why we love it: It provides all the epic escape of a vacation without the price tag or travel time.
Where can I learn more? Away from the Ordinary
This virtual whiskey tasting experience pairs well with a virtual escape room from the Escape Game. This experience is all about the escape. After you’ve enjoyed your virtual escape to verdant Scotland, you can put your mettle to the test in an immersive adventure that will have you busting out of prison, navigating ancient runes, or hunting for long-lost gold.
Virtual Tequila Tasting Ideas
Get schooled on tequila
This multi-unit comprehensive course will teach you everything you ever wanted to know about tequila and mezcal and then some. Find out where this noble beverage comes from, learn how to serve it as a master, and find out how to taste, not just drink, this flavorful libation.
- Course is available on demand
- A reasonable $40 buys you 10+ lessons
- Experience industry-standard hospitality education
Why we love it: It makes tequila positively academic. Learning so many facts about this fine spirit will enhance anyone’s appreciation and provide plenty of fun tidbits to drop on social media.
Where can I learn more? BeverageEDU
This virtual tequila experience pairs well with tequila! Your instructors provide the knowledge and you provide your own bottle(s).
Elevate your drink-at-home experience
Just add your own tequila to the artisanal mixers in this kit to experience flavor sensations that blow your favorite margarita out of the park. Dabble with hibiscus rose infusions, spice things up with a splash of jalapeño, and sweeten things up with passion fruit syrup.
- Kit empowers tasters to experiment
- No-fuss shipping eliminates unnecessary shopping trips
- Non-alcoholic mixers are friendly to non-drinkers
Why we love it: These fancy mixers make people of all mixology skill levels feel fancy.
Where can I learn more? Yes Cocktails
This virtual tequila tasting experience pairs well with Taboo online. Stir up some major laughs along with your fancy tequila cocktails.
All the flavor with none of the alcohol
This Zero Proof tequila alternative helps tasters experience the full range of flavors they might often miss in classic tequila. Charred oak and sweet agave mingle with tart lime to deliver a beverage that delights without any mixers or additives.
- Made with non-GMO botanicals
- Given 94 points from the Beverage Testing Institute
- A non-alcoholic recipe is friendly to non-drinkers
Why we love it: Perfect for those who don’t drink, this fancy tequila alternative still provides plenty of flavors to pour into a tasting experience.
Where can I learn more? Ritual
This virtual tequila tasting experience pairs well with virtual mini-golf. You don’t have to worry about being too tipsy to aim those online swings.
Virtual Bourbon Tasting Ideas
Explore your favorite bourbon’s homeland
Far from reducing your tour experience, this virtual format allows you to explore aspects of the distillery you would never get to enjoy in real life. You can even “time travel” to see what the distillery looked like in 1773.
- The on-demand format provides flexibility
- Virtual reality format is as immersive as a video game
- Enjoy trivia that reinforces everything you’re learning
Why we love it: Exploring all the work, equipment, and care that goes into making bourbon makes savoring the beverage even more enjoyable.
Where can I learn more? Buffalo Trace
This virtual bourbon tasting experience pairs well with Virtual Game Show Extravaganza. After enjoying a leisurely virtual stroll through the distillery, your group will love spreading things up with this good-natured competition that tests your knowledge in everything from sports to politics.
Click your way through the famed Kentucky bourbon trail
Distilled Living will help you experience the wonder of the Kentucky Bourbon trail from your very own home. Sample Bourbons from Heaven Hill, Bulleit, and Four Roses as you receive expert guidance, supplemented by a handy downloadable tasting mat and flavor wheel.
- Choose your platform—Zoom, Skype, whatever you like
- Provides region-specific recommendations for the necessary supplies
- Learn from a professional bourbon educator
Why we love it: This experience brings a bit of Kentucky straight to you, helping you authentically enjoy a beverage inextricably tied to its place of origin.
Where can I learn more? Distilled Living
This virtual bourbon tasting experience pairs well with Libbey Signature Kentucky Bourbon Trail Whiskey Glasses from Amazon.
The long-term event for serious bourbon drinkers
If you’re looking for something even more immersive than a one-off tasting, then you might consider becoming a Certified Bourbon Steward. Grab some fellow bourbon enthusiasts and dive into Stave and Thief’s self-paced program. You won’t just learn how to enjoy bourbon tastings more; you’ll learn how to run your own perfect tasting.
- The self-paced course makes scheduling easy
- Includes access to the certification exam
- Learn about bourbon from multiple sensory angles
Why we love it: You get knowledge and a cool credential to back it up.
Where can I learn more? Stave and Thief
This virtual bourbon tasting experience pairs well with a Heaven Hill American Whiskey Tasting Experience Gift Set. Sure you’ll be doing some serious learning, but in this case, drinking might actually bolster your comprehension.
Virtual Wine Tasting Ideas
Wine, snacks, and happiness in a box
Snack and bottle service in a box you can customize to suit your group. Each item has been carefully curated to provide an optimal flavor experience. Your group will love having a sip and then a snack…a snack and then a sip…and then repeating the whole thing.
- Personalization options make each box an unforgettable gift
- Boxes are delivered straight to your tasting crew
- Customize the treat selection to suit your preferences
Why we love it: A virtual wine tasting doesn’t get less fussy or more enjoyable than this.
Where can I learn more? Caroo
This virtual wine tasting experience pairs well with Virtual Team Pursuit, a 100% online, immersive bonding experience that engages your remote team members with physical and mental challenges you’ll remember for years.
Wine your way
No matter what kind of wine experience you’ve been imagining, you can count on Clif Family to offer it. Enjoy a blind tasting, a happy hour, a food pairing with Napa Valley artisan goods, or even a completely customized experience featuring specific wines.
- Your wine and food arrives conveniently and also gift-wrapped
- Expert team helps you plan and host your event
- Learn from experienced wine educators
Why we love it: It allows you to get a taste of California wine country in your own home. You can sip your new favorite cabernet sauvignon while learning about winemaking and hearing wine-country stories.
Where can I learn more? Clif Family
This virtual wine tasting experience pairs well with Buzzfeed’s Which Wine Best Matches Your Personality? quiz.
Taste wine like a winemaker
This experience is as close as you can get to wine-tasting in a box. Receive a box packed with new wine you’ve never heard of as well as Napa Valley favorites, such as sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, and pinot noir. Taste your wine while hearing insider secrets direct from the winemaker.
- Customized events are available on request
- Lock down a tasting date within 50 minutes of ordering
- Helpful downloads lead you through tasting notes and pairings
Why we love it: You don’t need to be part of a wine club to enjoy the best wine while receiving one-on-one attention from a winemaker.
Where can I learn more? The Vice
This virtual wine tasting experience pairs well with the WineGame. Keep the tasting going after your virtual event with an online game that helps you and your fellow wine lovers “play with your wine.”
Wine and shoes are best made Italian
Take a tour of the fabled wine-making regions of Italy with this watch-at-will tasting video from the connoisseurs at wine.com, your favorite online wine shop. Conveniently order the wine you need right on the site and then sip along with the winemakers themselves.
- On-demand format suits your schedule
- Pause and backtrack to absorb key points
- Access the knowledge of master Italian winemakers
Why we love it: Italian wines speak for themselves, and when highlighted by expert commentary, they become transformational.
Where can I learn more? Wine.com
This virtual wine tasting experience pairs well with the Go Game’s Remote Virtual Game Show, an event packed with a variety of trivia-night mainstays, including pub trivia and a fun-fact match.
People Also Ask These Questions About Virtual Alcohol Tasting
Q: What is a virtual wine tasting?
- A: A virtual wine tasting is an experience where you leverage any online communication platform to participate in one shared tasting from multiple remote locations. During a virtual wine tasting, you can remain safe in your own home while experiencing new flavors and good company.
Q: How do you do a virtual wine tasting?
- A: You can do a virtual wine tasting by finding a professionally hosted event that offers top-to-bottom service covering everything from the wine you’ll taste to the video platform you’ll use to discuss tasting nuances. You can also do a virtual wine tasting from scratch by sending your guests samples of different wines and then popping into an online meeting to discuss flavor profiles. This post has ideas suitable for both angles.
Q: How do I host a virtual beer tasting?
- A: Host a virtual beer tasting by finding a managed tasting event from your favorite brewery or simply sending your guests beer samples (or a beer list) and then setting aside an hour to hop on a video call to taste and discuss the brews.
Q: Can you do your own wine tasting at home?
- A: You can do your own wine tasting at home! You can either participate in a professionally managed virtual wine tasting or organize your own at-home wine tasting by coordinating the delivery of several samples (or even bottles) of wine and then gathering guests online to discuss flavor profiles and tasting notes.
Q: What is the right way to taste whiskey?
- A: The right way to taste whiskey is to mindfully taste it. Hold it in your mouth before swallowing, label the flavors and fragrances you detect, and of course, take your time. To learn other fancy techniques, check out the virtual whiskey tastings in this list.
Q: What kinds of beer should we include in a beer tasting?
- A: Experts recommend creating a satisfying beer tasting by selecting one specific beer style, such as IPA, stout, porter, or bock, and then selecting 5-10 beers that represent the characteristics and nuances of that style. Organizing a tasting around one style will help your tasters detect flavor nuances without growing overwhelmed by too many different profiles.