March 20, 2020 – All small businesses are feeling the pain of government orders to stay at home. Wine tasting rooms, like bars, are the center of social activity for many and the fact that they can no longer be open for tasting is causing a major disruption to the fragile economics of wineries all over. Now, more than ever, we need wine to bring us together, even if virtually. So, take advantage of these great offers from your local tasting rooms and post what you’re drinking on social media! We want to see how creative you are getting in lockdown.
Major takeaways: go online and place an order, email the winery or call. Many wine tasting rooms will be open this weekend for bottle sales and order pickup, and most offering curbside pickup so you don’t have to get out of your car. Others are offering free shipping on minimum bottle purchases. Whatever you do, keep yourself sanitized inside and out: wine has been helping people stay healthy for millennia!
Santa Cruz/Aptos/Watsonville/Scotts Valley
Alfaro offers 20% off all orders over $250 and 30% of all orders over $450: order online. Flat rate shipping of $2/bottle. Orders are available for curbside pickup by appointment during the week, and from 1—3PM on Saturdays. 831-728-5172.
Armitage is offering free shipping on 3+ bottles or more throughout California, and free delivery in Santa Cruz County. Delivery on case purchases to neighboring counties. 831-708-2874.
Bargetto Winery in Soquel is open for curbside pick ups daily from noon to 5pm and offers free shipping on orders of 6 bottles or more.
Bottle Jack is offering free delivery and shipping on 3+ bottle purchases in Scotts Valley/Santa Cruz area, along with a 20% discount (30% for club). They plan to be open at the 328 Ingalls St. location in Santa Cruz for pickup this Saturday, March 21, 11—3pm. Best to call in advance: 831-227-2288
Integrity Wines in Watsonville is offering free shipping throughout California, as well as free same-day delivery in Watsonville. Fun taste-at-home with the winemaker virtual tastings are also available. Sat/Sun curbside or tasting room pick-up 7-days/week 12-6PM. Through 4/10. For now. 831-322-4200
Nicholson is offering free delivery to south Santa Cruz County addresses, and will be open for order pickup and sales on Saturdays from 12—3PM.
Sam Miller of Rexford Winery says, “Right now we are doing complimentary shipping on orders of three or more bottles. No pickups or in person sales. Fortunately orders are coming in since we announced the promotion.”
John Benedetti of Sante Arcangeli is doing free shipping in CA and NV on orders over $100. Free curbside pickup in Aptos (with set hours TBD) and free local no touch delivery.
Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard is offering discounted wine for pick-up at the winery or an option of free delivery for purchases of 4 bottles or more. All wines 10% off regular price, then 5% more off for 6 – 11 bottles (14.5% total off), or 10% more off 12 or more bottles (19% total off). Please help them keep employees paid! Order online or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nicole Walsh of Ser Winery is offering a pick up option for online orders this Saturday, March 28, at the tasting room from 1—4pm. She’s also offering complimentary shipping for orders of 3 bottles or more (COMPSHIP). Three or more bottles receive a 10% discount, 6 or more bottles receive a 15% discount. Respective codes: (SER10 and SER15). In announcing her new spring releases, which include the 2019 Bechtold Vineyard Rosé of Cinsault and the 2017 Tondré Grapefield Pinot Noir, she says, “If some Ser wine can help you through this time, I would be so grateful.”
Stockwell Cellars in Santa Cruz will offer curbside pick-up everyday between 3-7pm, and complimentary home delivery available on all orders over $200. A 15% fee will be added to all purchases to help staff through this time, as they are the ones most affected by the tasting room closure and are responsible for pulling together orders, loading and delivering them. Case specials for $120 available on these wines: 2013 Chardonnay SCM; 2016 Chardonnay Tondre; 2017 Pinot Gris; 2016 Sauvignon Blanc; 2016 Pinot Grigio Ramato (Orange wine); 2013 Merlot; and 2013 Tempranillo.
At Soquel Vineyards, they are launching a curbside service, for pickup on orders made in advance, weekends, from 11 until 4PM. You can place an order at 831.462.9045 or via email, Monday-Thursday, 9AM-1PM.
Judy Schultz of Windy Oaks says they will offer free hand delivery, by one of their staff, to most Santa Cruz and Monterey county addresses, minimum 3-bottle purchase, with a 10% discount for non-members, and 20% discount for club. They are also offering free shipping via FedEx to out-of-area, out-of-state customers, minimum 3 bottles. Do plan to visit them for order pickup at the winery during the week, 9AM—5PM. “This is a nice way to get out of the house, and take a drive up into the beautiful redwoods. Just call us in advance so we can have your order ready!” They will also donate a portion of each sale to a fund for their tasting room hourly employees. 831-724-9562
VinoCruz has been forced to shutter, as have many restaurants that really can’t support a takeout model. However, they want you to be able to get the wines you want in one easy spot. “We would like to provide you with the best local wine during this time, so we have created a form on our site to request Bottles To Go, or Delivery (if minimum purchase is met). If your would like to support your local restaurant from the comfort of your own home or lift someone’s spirits, we now offer the option to purchase a Gift Certificate on our website.”
Big Basin Vineyards has closed its tasting rooms in Saratoga and at the winery in Boulder Creek. They are offering a 10 percent discount on all online purchases, complimentary shipping for purchases of six or more bottles, and complimentary local delivery within 30 miles of either location for three or more bottle purchases. Wine club members get an additional 10 percent on top of existing discounts. They will be starting a Winemaker Tasting In Your Home series shortly. 831-621-8028
Burrell School Vineyards has adopted a private appointment policy for Sales, Wine Club Pickup and Private Tastings. Email email@example.com. Use the website to order wine online at 40% off, with free shipping. Use coupon code FreeShip. For parents dealing with kids home from school, having some Burrell School wines delivered for that all important “after home schooling” break could be a godsend.
Byington Winery is offering free shipping at Byington.wine, with a minimum $75 purchase.
Cinnabar will offer pickup service, Thursdays through Saturdays, between 12:00PM and 4PM. Simply call 408.867.1012 with your order or order online. Orders will be ready within 30 minutes. Pull up to the back of the Tasting Room. Complementary delivery with the purchase of 4 or more bottles is offered within a 20-mile radius of the Tasting Room in downtown Saratoga. Deliveries will be done via UPS or in-house delivery system.
Cooper-Garrod has closed their tasting room, but are shipping orders direct to consumers. Folks can visit www.cgv.com/wines to order online or phone (408) 867-7116. Complimentary shipping on 6+ bottles in California.
Thomas Fogarty Winery club members who order online will receive 30 percent off all wines, while non-members who enter the code WINE15 get 15 percent off. With the purchase of three or more bottles, shipping is free in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties, as is ground transport to states where legal. They’re also offering curbside pickup, and visitors will be allowed to walk the grounds and vineyards in Woodside as long as they keep a safe social distance.
Left Bend in Los Gatos decided to close indefinitely to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus. They are offering $1 shipping in California for all purchases. They recently received 93 points from Wine Enthusiast for their 2013 cabernet sauvignon from Fellom Ranch on Montebello Road.
Marty Mathis of Kathryn Kennedy said, “We are offering local home delivery/office reception drop off, plus we are waving shipping on direct wine purchases if you order two cases or more.”
Amy Kemp of Loma Prieta Winery is offering all wines 15% off regular price, 20% off regular price for wine club members. Free shipping within California for purchases of 6 bottles or more, and flat rate $20 shipping for orders of 1 to 5 bottles. She plans to be open for order pickup this weekend, noon until 5pm.
Mindego Ridge tasting room in Saratoga is closed, but they are offering curbside pickup by appointment, with 20% off orders: call/text Mary at 408-821-7900. Also offering doorstep delivery with a 10% discount. Pickup/delivery available Thurs—Sunday by appointment.
Muns will do free delivery on local orders for 3+ bottles, witha 15% discount on 6—11 bottles; 25% for a case.
Pescadero Creek is offering complimentary ground shipping on all orders of 6 bottles or more.
Portola Vineyards will provide no-charge deliveries to all addresses within a 10-mile radius. You can also call them to arrange a pickup at the winery: 650-906-1059.
Regale Winery will open its tasting room on weekends, noon—4PM for retail sales and wine club pick-ups. They are offering a 30 percent discount on all retail wine sales and free shipping in California for six or more bottles. 408-353-2500.
Roudon Smith is offering discounts of 10% on 6—11 bottles, and 15% on 12 or more, plus free delivery on all purchases within a 10-mile radius of the tasting room in Saratoga. $5 delivery fee applies for San Jose, Peninsula and Santa Cruz.
Silver Mountain will be open for pickups at the Summit and Santa Cruz locations on Saturdays from 11—3pm. Many case specials available. See the website or call 831-353-2278.
Waxwing is offering free delivery from South SF to Palo Alto.
Wrights Station is offering free shipping on any online purchase of two or more bottles.
Monterey, Carmel & Carmel Valley
Albatross Ridge offers bottle sales and pickups from 12—6pm daily at the Carmel and Carmel Valley tasting rooms, along with $1 hipping anywhere in the US on 6 bottles or more. Free local delivery. Gift cards are available online for in store purchases, with a 20% discount, so you or someone you love can enjoy Albatross wines in the future. Private tastings can be arranged: 831-293-8896.
Lenora Carey of Big Sur Vineyards plans to open on March 21 from 1—4pm for sales and pickups on previously placed orders. Wine specials include 2016 Pinot Noir Reserve $312/ case – regular price $45 per bottle now $26. 2017 Big Sur Rosé $144/case – regular price $22 per bottle now $12. 10% off all other wines in stock, plus complimentary free delivery on the Monterey Peninsula. Call/text (415) 686-4550.
Holly Boekenoogen of Boekenoogen Vineyards says “We are open at our tasting room daily 11—5PM for bottle sales, but no tastings at this time :(. And of course club pick ups and preorders! We would love to have folks in!” Their spring club shipment is available now.
Bunter Spring Winery tasting room at 9 Del Fino Place in Carmel Valley is open by appointment (202)744-1343 for pickup, no tasting. All customers get Wine Club discount of 20% or 25% on full cases. Health Care workers 30% discount. Existing Wine Club members get 30% discount on purchases or FREE 12 month financing through June. Free shipping on 6 bottles or more, except financed purchases. Prices start at $18/bottle retail.
Comanche Cellars in Monterey is open for curbside pick up by appointment. Quarantine specials on full cases of wine.
Dan McDonnal and Alix Bosch of De Tierra in Carmel told us, “We are focusing our efforts online sales and are working on a local delivery program. At this point we have expanded our previous 40% Off case sale to now include all of our wines in any quantity and are offering Free Shipping on all orders.”
Folktale Winery asks you to order online, and they will provide free shipping on 4 or more bottles. At Folktale, Rise + Roam, and Seventh & Dolores, they are offering pick up and free delivery for both food and wine.
Christopher Drake, General Manager of Jouillian Vineyards in Carmel Valley, is offering $1 shipping on any order placed online, plus free delivery within a 20 mile radius, 4 bottle minimum purchase. Additionally, $100 off a case of 2018 Rosé. “If you would like to take advantage of other discounts, please join the Wine Club,” says Drake.
Joyce is offering complimentary shipping on 6 bottles or more, as well as complimentary home delivery on the Monterey Peninsula, including wine club pick ups. 831-659-2885
Kori Wines is offering free local delivery, $1 shipping on 3+ bottles, free curbside pick-up at the tasting room location in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Call 831-293-8217 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange pick up. Tasting room will also be open for retail sales and pick up, no tastings.
From Miguel Lepe of Lepe Cellars, we hear, “Just wanted to share some info about our specials! Lepe Cellars is offering free shipping and delivery to anywhere in California. There is no minimum quantity required to reap the benefits of this special :)”
Mansfield-Dunne is offering free shipping through at least 3/31. Will allow pick up at winery in San Francisco, at 495 Barneveld Av, as well. Call ahead: 415-608-6903
Manzoni is offering 10% 6-pack discount, 15% 12 bottle discount.
McIntyre is offering $1 shipping on online orders and phone orders. “StayHome” code offers $1 shipping to your doorstep or local delivery fee with purchase of 3+ bottles. Delivery days are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. They will contact you to set up an appropriate window. Shipping fee is valid until April 8. Delivery fee is valid for Salinas, Marina / Seaside, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Carmel / Valley areas until April 8.
Morgan offers complimentary shipping with the purchase of 3 bottles or more made online. Contact Melissa at 831-751-7777 ex. 16, if you need assistance.
Puma Road’s tasting room at Portola Plaza in open for bottle and case pick ups from 3 to 6pm from Friday to Monday. Online orders get One Cent shipping with UPS Ground.
Scheid has closed both tasting rooms but will offer $1 shipping on the purchase of 6+ bottles. The Tasting Hotline is open , Mon—Friday from 12pm-5pm (pst). Simply call (831) 626-9463 to be connected to one of their stellar hosts to discuss all things wine. To assist those in need, 10% of all online sales will be donated to Meals on Wheels of Monterey County. Says Scott Scheid, “Even if it’s not wine related, we promise not to judge. We are also working on finding new ways to stay connected with you during this time. Continue to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates. We will get through this trying time, and when this has passed you can bet we are going to celebrate with our community!”
Sabrine Rodems of Scratch says, “Scratch is offering free shipping. Use the ‘Shipfree’ coupon code on the website. You can also call the tasting room and place an order with free shipping 831-320-0726. Tasting room is also open for retails sales and pick-up of online or phone orders.”
Testarossa’s tasting rooms in Los Gatos and Carmel Valley are closed. Purchase wine online. Members: 30% off 4+ bottles 35% off a reorder by the end of April Non-Members: 15% off 4+ bottles 20% off a reorder by the end of April You can also find Testarossa wine in several retail locations such as Whole Foods, Safeway, Costco, Lunardi’s, BevMo, Total Wine & More, Vintage Wine Merchants, and many more. 408-219-1707.
Twisted Roots wine tasting room is offering free shipping on all orders. Call or order online.
Wrath offers free shipping on orders of 12 bottles or more. Club members will get their deeper discounts for orders of 12 bottles or more. Personal delivery available to locations on the Monterey Peninsula. Wine club shipments slated for pickup can be shipped at no-charge. Both tasting rooms are closed.
South Monterey County
Chalone (a member of The Foley Wine Group) is offering a discount of 15% for non club members and 25% for club members, on all wines in their portfolio, plus just $10 shipping, on all purchases, through March 31, 2020.
Hahn is offering complimentary shipping on any 3+ bottles purchases made online, or call 866-925-7994. Tasting rooms at the winery in Soledad and in Carmel-by-the-Sea are currently closed.
From J.Lohr, we got this communiqué: “As individuals and families are spending more time at home, their connection to brands they trust can help normalize and bring comfort amidst uncertainty. J. Lohr is one such family brand we know consumers rely on for consistency and quality, and for doing the right thing.” They plan to pay all employees throughout the lockdown and will ship orders from the online store via UPS.
Odonata is offering $1 delivery by GSO for purchases of 4+ bottles within California. Tasting room is open for bottle sales only from 11-5 daily with drive-up service available AND personal delivery within Monterey County. Call 831-566-4011.
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Laura Ness is a longtime wine journalist, columnist and judge who contributes regularly to Edible Monterey Bay, Spirited, WineOh.Tv, Los Gatos Magazine and Wine Industry Network, and a variety of consumer publications. Her passion is telling stories about the intriguing characters who inhabit the fascinating world of wine and food.