Experience a sense of community, learn more about your favorite beverage, or just get away from it all! Our virtual tastings are interactive, fun and educational: like a happy hour and wine class combined. They explore wine evaluation, proper wine service, food pairing, winemaking, viticulture, and history. Tastings are suitable for beginners as well as experienced wine tasters. Our tastings have been featured in the Washington Post, Conde Nast Traveler and Uptown Radio.
Silver Thread makes some of the most consistently outstanding wines in the Finger Lakes. The vast majority of our wine is made from grapes grown at our 10-acre estate vineyard on Seneca Lake, which is farmed using bio-intensive practices. Virtual tastings feature our best-selling and most highly-rated wines.
Tastings are led by co-owners Paul and Shannon Brock, who are wine educators as well as winemakers. Paul has an M.S. in Enology and Viticulture from Cornell University, a level 3 certification from Wine & Spirit Education Trust, and is a Certified Wine Judge through American Wine Society. He has been teaching winemaking as a professor at Finger Lakes Community College for 10 years.
Shannon holds the prestigious Level 4 Diploma in Wine & Spirits from Wine & Spirit Education Trust, is a Certified Wine Judge through American Wine Society, and has an M.Ed. from University of Virginia Curry School of Education. She has been a WSET Certified Wine Instructor for 13 years.
Anyone is welcome to participate in the virtual tastings, even if you don’t have the wine we are drinking. We sell discounted packs of wines featured in the virtual tastings at our on-line wine shop if you want to taste the same thing that we are discussing. Call (607) 582-6116 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about these events. We hope to see you there!
For information on upcoming Public Virtual Tastings click here.
Private Virtual Tastings
Are you looking for a team-building experience or fun activity for your work group, friends or family? How about a virtual Birthday Party? Book a Private Virtual Tasting led by Silver Thread Co-owner/Wine Educator Shannon Brock via Zoom. During this 90-minute interactive experience, participants will be guided through a tasting of 2-3 wines with plenty of opportunity for question-and-answer. The final 30 minutes is left open-ended for extended wine discussion or social time among your group.
$350 minimum wine order required, plus $50 Virtual Tasting Fee. Wines are customizable to your group, although we have some suggested wine packs in our on-line store. Silver Thread will ship selected wines to each participating household prior to the event. Email email@example.com or call (607) 582-6116 to discuss options.
Phenology Club & Case Club Members: Wine purchases made in 2020 may be applied toward the $350 minimum order. Club Members receive 50% off the Private Virtual Tasting fee.
#OpenLocalWine–Memorial Day Weekend 2020
Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend with three refreshing wines that are perfect for summer. Post a photo of one or all of these bottles on social media May 22 using #OpenLocalWine, and be part of a nationwide event to promote local wineries.
Friday, 5/22, 5:30-6:15pm: Taste Dry Rose and watch our winemaker grill up some Cornell Chicken, the famous roadside chicken BBQ of upstate NY.
Saturday, 5/23, 5:30-6:15pm: Taste Chardonnay and take a vineyard tour with our estate manager to learn about our bio-intensive practices.
Sunday, 5/24, 5:30-6:15pm: Taste Good Earth White and meet the newest addition to our vineyard team– a flock of chickens who will eat insect pests and fertilize the soil.
Purchase the wines for this tasting series, plus Paul’s Cornell Chicken recipe here.
“Riesling Expert” Virtual Tasting Series May 2020
Our Rieslings are some of the finest in the the Finger Lakes, and can be compared favorably to benchmark styles from around the world. This tasting series will explore the many expressions of our signature grape. Each wine in the series has been rated at least 90 points (“outstanding”) by Wine Spectator, Robert Parker or Vinous Media. Participants who show they have tasted all six wines (different vintages are ok) and joined in the tastings on Facebook Live or Vimeo Live will earn a “Silver Thread Riesling Expert” medal.
- Session 1: Dry Rieslings & Age-ability of Riesling- May 1, 5:30-6:30, featuring Dry Riesling 2014 and Dry Riesling 2018
- Session 2: Off-dry Rieslings and Single Vineyard Styles—May 8, 5:30-6:30pm, featuring Riesling Estate Vineyard 2018 and Riesling Doyle Fournier Vineyard 2018
- Session 3: Medium-sweet Rieslings and Late Harvest Style– May 15, 5:30-6:30pm, featuring Semi-dry Riesling 2018 and Riesling Late Harvest Select Gridley Bluff Point Vineyard 2017
Virtual Tasting Series March & April 2020
During March and April, we hosted a series of six Virtual Tastings using Facebook Live. These tastings focused on our six most popular wines, and were very well-received for being both informative and fun! You can view video recordings of the live tastings on our Facebook videos page. You can purchase a discounted six-pack of wines shipped to you, or it pick up at the winery to taste along with the videos.
Dry Riesling 2018– Friday, March 20 at 5:30pm
Dry Rose of Pinot Noir 2019–Saturday, March 28 at 5:30pm
Good Earth White 2017–Friday, April 3 at 5:30pm
Blackbird Red Wine 2017–Thursday, April 9 at 5:30pm
Gewurztraminer 2019–Friday, April 17 at 5:30pm
Chardonnay 2017–Friday, April 24 at 5:30pm
Winemaker Notes and Pairing Suggestions for each wine are included, as well as information on how to watch the tasting videos.
Purchase the wines for this tasting series here.