September 21, 2023

Wedding venue in Western Oregon at a winery with outdoor seating overlooking the vineyard.

Episode #562 – What Happens When Winery Weddings and Wine Tastings Get Walloped by the Corona Conundrum?

Trying to live fairly normal lives in a world where almost nothing is normal has not only changed a lot of important plans, but also fueled some mighty creative reinvention of some of our favorite things.

First, a deep dive into a craze wine enthusiasts probably didn’t expect… the virtual wine tasting! How does it all work and where do you get hooked up? Show announcer, tasting room host and winemaker Brent Keast joins David for a deep dive into an activity that is moderated online but enjoyed while sheltered in place. It seems like nothing can stop the sipping, and David and Brent will show you how to get in on the game!

From fanciful fun to unthinkable cancellations… What happens when your winery wedding is postponed indefinitely? You do have options and we’ve got an expert to give you some much-needed guidance. Joining David is Mary Litzinger, President of VP Events, based in Southern California. Mary not only produces extraordinary wine-themed weddings, but also events of every kind in idyllic locales all over the globe. If you’ve got Mary in your corner, your chances of a happy ending are greatly improved! Tune in for some much need encouragement on this edition of Grape Encounters!

Today’s edition of Grape Encounters is brought to you by Total Wine & More, where you’ll find thousands of wines produced by folks who started with a dream and never looked back. Be sure to spend a little time online at You’ll be very glad you did!

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