Safe Sipping in Orange County
From warm gulps of coffee to refined tastings of wine, Orange County businesses have discovered new ways to let you sip safely with them this season. Craft beverage makers around the County have brewed up fresh strategies to keep your purchases anxiety-free – including porch pickup processes and at-home tastings.
While most cafes came to a grinding halt last spring, a few coffee shops and roasters were quick to adapt to the pandemic.
Witch’s Brew Café thought on their feet and implemented online ordering, curbside pickup options, and even local coffee deliveries. Known for their latte art, these cups of coffee are sure to put a smile on your face.
Similarly, Orange County Roasters had to enable contactless methods of exchange. Though they had to close their associated coffee bar, Stand Up Coffee, they are anticipating opening back up soon! For now, you can get your favorite espresso blend or internationally curated beans by using their highly popularized “Porch Pickup.” Simply call in your order, and in 30 minutes or less, you’ll find a bag with your name on it on their steps!
Wine and Beer:
We are presently in the height of wine-tasting season, and Orange County vineyards are determined to help you pop and pour at home.
Caitlin Horton, from Horton Vineyards, reassures visitors by saying, “We are trying to get through this pandemic as best we can, and every decision we make prioritizes our customer’s safety.” Like many vineyards in Orange County, Horton Vineyards have made the switch to single-use products to reduce potential contamination. They also offer ample spacing in their outdoor patio.
To embrace the change, Well Hung Vineyard has expanded their line of apparel to include masks! You can now represent this local winery with an added peace of mind. Well Hung Vineyard has also implemented strict cleaning regiments and staff temperature screenings.
For those who prefer the comforts of their own home, Chateau MerrillAnne Winery offers an at-home wine tasting kit! Choose from three of their take-home experiences: Bottled Wine Tasting, Wine Party in a Box, and the Virginia Wine Starter Pack.
Let’s not forget our local breweries! Family-run Iron Pipe Alewerks had to take on new tactics to adapt to the pandemic changes. They now have canning apparatuses that allow their loyal customers to bring home their six-packs. Also equipped with tents for outdoor enjoyment, be sure to support this local business by grabbing a brew or two.
Central VA Wine Tours is still touring throughout Orange County for those looking to avoid driving! Brewery and distillery tours and vineyard hopping has never been so easy. Book a private party through this safe, sanitized, and reliable transportation company. And stay tuned for their upcoming Holiday Light tours – perfect for the whole family!
Craft Beverage businesses are welcoming you back safely this holiday season! If you would like to be featured as part of the #RetailReady campaign, share your business’s story here!