Bring the Tasting Room to Your Living Room

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  • on NOVEMBER 1, 2010
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tastingRoom1.jpgWant to have that winery tasting room experience without the hassle of traveling to the wine country? Now you can. has introduced a one-of-a-kind product that actually brings the wine country to the comfort of your home.
How is that possible? Simple. They work with top wineries to create collections of award-winning wines contained in 50ml taste-sized bottles — roughly twice the amount you receive in a typical tasting room pour. The wines are assembled in beautiful packages of six mini bottles – called wine samplers — and shipped right to your doorstep.

Once your wine sampler is delivered, you can have a wine tasting experience right in your home. Just pour the wine into six glasses and swirl, sniff, and sip to your heart’s delight. Heck, you don’t even have to take off your fuzzy slippers.

And here’s the best part: you can taste six fantastic wines from six top wineries. Do you like Cabernet? You can taste California Cabs from six of the finest producers side-by-side. A Chardonnay fan? Compare Chards made using different winemaking styles. They’ve got well known wineries like Grgich Hills and DeLoach and up-and-comers like La Follette and Carol Shelton. And they’ve got hundreds of wines to choose from. All this for as little as $19.99.
Once you’ve tasted, that’s where the real savings begins. not only sells wine samplers but wine bottles too. You find the wines you absolutely love and they’ll sell you full-sized bottles at a discount. You never have to buy a bottle and wonder whether you’re going to like it. No risk, all reward. It’s like iTunes – but for wine.

tastingRoom2.jpgPart of the fun of wine tasting is learning about wine and wineries. Each wine sampler includes a “tasting menu” chock-full of information like suggested tasting order, winemaker notes, and more. is a treasure trove of information too, with tidbits gleaned straight from the winemakers. Attractive and easy to use, the site features winery profiles, “Wine 101” articles, and food/wine pairings too. So, when you’re sharing the new favorite Pinot you discovered from a little-known winery in Sonoma, your friends will appreciate your recommendation.

If you’re thinking a wine sampler would make a great gift, you’re right. Not only are they gorgeous to look at, they’re affordable too (prices range from $19.99 – $29.99). The site also sells “gift bundles” – wine samplers plus a gift card — so the lucky recipient can taste six wines then buy a bottle of their favorite. A perfect gift for the wine lover in your life. Heck, it’s a great gift for yourself.

Unlike wine clubs, TastingRoom doesn’t require a subscription. You pick the wines you want to taste, and buy the wines you want to buy. Someday, we may all look back and ask ourselves “remember when you had to buy wines without tasting it first?” Check out’s wine samplers now.


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