For $10,000, a California Winery Is Offering a Unique Virtual Wine Tasting—Here's What's Included

Courtesy Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars

The famous Napa Valley winery is bringing its tasting room into your home.

Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, one of the worlds’ most esteemed producers of Cabernet Sauvignon, is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year. And while they wanted to celebrate at the winery, the winemakers found a unique way to honor the milestone virtually. How? They are offering an exclusive virtual tasting journey through five decades with Winemaker Marcus Notaro for customers who purchase $10,000 in current release or library wines direct from the winery.

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The buyer can choose from a deep library with some of the most prestigious wines in the world from great vintages. A partial listing of wines available for purchase is listed on the winery website under “Wine Shop” at www.StagsLeap50th.com. Large-format bottles and some older library wines in the cellar are also available—the concierge service will work with the buyer to determine what they like to drink, what vintages will complement their tastes, and help shape their order. 


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Once the order is placed, the wine will be shipped directly from the winery (as long as they live in a ship to state), and a date and time will be scheduled with Notaro. He will then lead them on a highly tailored, bespoke tasting journey shedding light on each offering and special anecdotes across the winery’s five decades. For example, the 1973 Stag’s Leap SLV Cabernet Sauvignon bested its French Bordeaux competition at the 1976 Judgement of Paris tasting, shocking the wine world and changing the course of the industry thereafter. 


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“Of course, I’d rather taste with people in person, but with the current situation, it’s the best we can do,” said Notaro. “I like that virtual tastings still give us a chance to connect with our fans, and since it’s interactive, I can still personally answer their questions and tailor the tasting for them. It would be like coming to the winery and reserving a personal deep dive with the winemaker through some of their most prized wines but from the comfort of your own home on Zoom.”

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The exclusive one-on-one sessions will be 30-45 minutes in length. To make your wine purchase, please contact Yen Boubel, Private Sales Concierge, at Yen.Boubel@cask23.com.