Let’s face it, social distancing was never going to come between people and their wine, so we’ve reimagined socialising at home.
We don’t want to see adverts reminding us of the good times we aren’t having. We don’t want to see marketing campaigns featuring a life that isn’t available to us at the mo.
So here at Pull The Cork we hope we’ve hit the right note with you through our social media campaigns – we’re all in this together, and right now, it’s all about surviving isolation.
To join in, all you have to do is order some top-notch wine (that you might not ordinarily choose to drink), wait for it to be delivered to your home, and then sit back down on your couch (still in your jim-jams), and be all cultured and whatnot from the comfort of your very own living room.
We don’t want to toot our trumpet or anything (but toot toot) – we figured PDQ that if the people couldn’t get to the mountain (or the wine warehouse), then the mountain (or the wine warehouse) would just have to come to the people.
So if you’ve missed any of our events so far, or you’re not sure if they’re for you, let us fill you in below:
We’ve had a blast so far, in our isolation wine tastings.
– We’ve had a virtual tour of Payten and Jones Winery (in Australia), meeting Behn and Troy – the brains behind this particular brand.
– We’ve been well taught by Elliot, the hot wine nerd from our partner supplier, Awin Barratt Siegel. He’s been in front of the camera every weekend now for the last few weekends, closing the knowledge gap between what you’re drinking and why the vintner made it.
This event, was all about the importance of family, features a vegan – friendly selection of wines that for the first time in this wine tasting series, we saw each winemaker showcase their magnificent wine alongside Elliot.
On the 18th April we hosted a special isolation tasting in partnership with London based fashion brand Rixo.
We fronted an isolation tasting takeover with Elliot on the @Rixo Instagram account, and they learnt all about the Klippenkop Chenin Blanc 2019, Le Pavillon du Château Beauchêne, Côtes du Rhône and Vina Palaciega Rioja Crianza 2016.
Our tasting on April 24th, featured a 2018 Tindall Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand), 2018 Devil’s Corner Pinot Noir (Australia) and a 2017 Las Carlinas Old Vine Garnacha (Spain). Seriously, if you missed this one, then you need to get involved with the next!!
We’re hosting a rosé night on the 1st May, where we’ll be trying a 2018 Mas de Cadenet Rosé (France), a 2018 Quinta do Portal Rosé (Portugal) and a 2018 Villa Wolf Rosé (Germany). @ 19:00 on Elliot’s Insta.
And just when you think we might be running out of steam, we’ve only gone and cranked it up a notch:
8th May – The Double Whammy
As Friday 8th May is the start of another UK bank holiday (and also May Day) we’ve decided that we are hosting a special lockdown tasting with Mark (one of our hard-working suppliers) on the Pull The Cork Insta account, who will be joining Moritz Bak, owner of Res Fortes winery, and co-founder of Pull The Cork right from the vineyards of Maury – South-West France.
And an additional tasting minutes after the Res Fortes one – Joining Elliot live from Orange, New South Wales, one of the highest wine-producing regions in Australia, is Damian Shaw, of Philip Shaw Wines, to chat about the Philip Shaw “Character Series” wines, each rather aptly named after an important facet of a winemakers character! Please note this tasting starts at 19:30 on Elliot’s Insta.
It’s Friday night, the end of another week of isolation and let’s be honest, who doesn’t like to hear the soft (or loud!) pop of a champagne cork being expelled from a bottle, officially announcing the arrival of the weekend! Friday Night Fizz is the focus for our next Iso Tasting. Be your preference, Prosecco, Sparkling Wine or indeed Champagne, join us in our attempt to demystify the world of bubbles, whilst enjoying a glass or two to get the weekend started!
The UK has taken Prosecco to its heart, but what do we know about it other than it is light-hearted, fun and frothy – do we even need to know more? This Italian crowd-pleaser from family-run Vini Fabiano is a great way to kick off the tasting. Special guests will be joining! Friday 15th May @ 7.30pm.
If you can’t fly to Spain, then let us bring the Spanish sunshine to your living room – join us for this week’s Low Intervention Iso Tasting, which features three wines from very different regions of Spain, Galicia, Navarra and Penedés, all featuring indigenous grape varieties. These wines have been selected as they are all made sustainably, using low intervention winemaking techniques and organic farming practices. Elliot will discuss what this really means for a winemaker and why it matters. Tune in on 16th May at 18:45 @elliotawin
Jancis Robinson says about Riesling “Reece-ling’ must be the world’s most misunderstood, and mispronounced grape variety”* yet it remains the darling of the wine trade, due to the myriad of styles it can produce and longevity of its wines. This Isolation Case features three distinct styles, Elliot will aim to demystify the world of Riesling and hopefully spark a passion for this amazing varietal amongst you all. Back by popular demand … Erni Loosen will also be making another guest appearance.
With the arrival of warmer weather, we are starting to seek out lighter, fresh and fruity reds that can be easily enjoyed in the summer sunshine! This Isolation Case includes three fantastic examples, all from regions of France. We start off in the up and coming Côtes d’Auvergne, which is fast gaining recognition due to its unique volcanic soil structure. Elliot will also take a look at two wines from Beaujolais both from Domaines des Marrans, but each from a different Beaujolais Cru. Firstly Chiroubles, the lightest bodied of the Crus due to its elevation, then Fleurie often described as the most delicate and prettiest Cru. What is a Beaujolais Cru? Can we serve these reds lightly chilled? Why are wines grown on volcanic soils? Tune in to find out @elliotawin, Friday 29th May at 7.30 pm.
Finally, if you’ve loved these tasting as much as we have, why let the fun stop when the house arrest lifts? Keep your world getting rocked on a regular basis with one of our wine subscriptions.