Napa Valley Is Throwing an ‘Open the Cellar’ Virtual Sale Featuring Ultra-Rare Wines

It's almost as good as a trip to Napa Valley!

Even though restaurant dining rooms are closed because of COVID-19, we’re doing our best to support them through takeout and delivery. But unfortunately, that’s a bit more of a challenge for vineyards and wine producers. After all, how can you attend a wine-tasting right now? You can’t… well, unless you’ve taken part in a virtual tasting.

Thankfully, Napa Valley has found a way to raise money for wineries in need—as well as giving fans a chance to own some unique and rare vintages.

Everything You Need to Know About the Sale

The nonprofit Napa Valley Vintners is hosting an online sale, aptly titled Open the Cellar. The two-day event started at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 14 and goes through midnight on April 15. It features over 250 wines from more than 150 producers. “The sale of these wines will help employees and small family businesses of Napa Valley as our tasting rooms remain closed,” the website says. Yeah, we wholeheartedly support everything about this!

The sale includes wines that are typically available only at the winery and rarely, if ever, become available online. Prices are said to range from $25 to $650, and are available in vintages ranging from 1991 to 2019. Be advised that the wines are likely subject to shipping restrictions, though—you’ll want to make sure you can actually enjoy your bottle of bliss before you buy.

Check out this simple trick that makes any wine taste better.

How Do I Buy a Bottle?

Head over to the Open the Cellar website, where you can sort by winery name, varietal and vintage. And once you’ve selected your ideal wine, make sure to read our list of easy food and wine pairings.

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Emily adores both food and writing, so combining those passions as a writer for Taste of Home makes perfect sense. Her work has also appeared in Birds & Blooms and on TV Insider. When she’s not eating peanut butter straight from the jar, you'll find her running or birdwatching. Emily is currently a journalism graduate student at the University of Missouri.