Virtual Winery

Virtually everything is virtual these days – or at least can be. But does it mean – literally? Help me all-knowing Wikipedia?

“In various contexts, things are often described as “virtual” when they share important functional aspects with other things (real or imagined) that are or would be described as ‘more real’.”

Here is a list of my  favourite virtual things.

  1. Virtual classroom
  2. Virtual water [sounds dangerous to me]
  3. Virtual colonoscopy [the most comfortable kind]
  4. Virtual particle [I’m only pretending I understand what that means]
  5. Virtual winery

Yes, I said Virtual Winery [although I’ve said the word virtual so much it’s beginning to lose all meaning] and it was started by a Guelph boy making it big in the bright lights of Niagara.

Kevin Panagapka is the winemaker | owner of 2027 cellars.  It is a virtual winery located … nowhere. Well not quite nowhere.

Kevin is renting physical space [vines and buildings] to produce small batches of hand crafted wines.  Without the high startup costs of buildings and land Kevin can focus his resources on wine quality – and isn’t that what I want anyhow?  Currently Kevin sources fruit from 5 existing vineyards – and he and his crew prune, pick, and then ferment.

I suppose if Kevin had already made his fortune as a film director he could have bought his own place in Napa like Francis Ford Coppola – and then imported stone from Italy to make an absurdly expensive and grand winery / movie museum. But I like what he has going both literally and virtually. And tasting his wines will be the best virtual reality you’ve ever experienced.

You can get the wine by ordering it from his 2027 website.


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