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Order the bottles in advance, and you can enjoy a tasting from the comfort of your own home

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Why not use Zoom for virtual wine tasting?

Why not use Zoom for virtual wine tasting?

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Tiganello

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Goats Do Roam 2018

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Greywack wild

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Joe Pariente

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If you've been catching up with friends and family on Zoom, chances are you've had a glass of wine in your hand. So why not take things one step further and do a virtual wine tasting? Tune into Wines Direct on Facebook on Fridays at 6pm, and you'll catch Gareth and Gavin Keogh talking through some of their wines and answering questions. They'll be announcing the wines to be featured on Tuesdays, so you can order the bottles in advance from winesdirect.ie.

I've mentioned before about Michelle Lawlor, who runs virtual wine tastings on Wednesdays and Fridays at 8.30pm on Nude Wine TV on Instagram. You can order the drink in a box of three wines for around €50, depending on what's featured, at thenudewineco.ie. Also doing wine tastings on Instagram Live is Sevgi Tüzel-Conghaile, the Turkish oenologist behind 'A Wine Idea' in Galway.

Taking a slightly different approach is Lynda Coogan of Wine Tasting Ireland, who has developed an online wine education programme. It's a series of stand-alone courses with easy-to-follow tutorials, delivered through a combination of e-books and videos. Each course is €29. She is also doing tutored wine tastings on two Saturdays, May 9 and 16, at 8pm, and the six-bottle case of featured wines is on offer for €145 (reduced from €180) by emailing info@classofwine.com quoting 'Independent'.