Wine Spectator Wine Tasting Kit
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Use these six wines to create your own wine tasting party! They are true to type, emphasize the hallmark characteristics of each grape variety, and showcase some of the best wine regions in the world.
Features six different grape varieties feature in the Wine Spectator School's "ABC's of Wine Tasting" on-line class (receive 15% discount off this class with purchase of tasting kit). Each kit contains tips on how to host a wine tasting party and tasting mats for 4 people.
The wine tasting kit includes one bottle each of:
Columbia Crest Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon
Columbia Crest Grand Estates Chardonnay
Columbia Crest Sauvignon Blanc
Chateau Ste Michelle Johannisberg Riesling
Petaluma Bridgewater Mill Shiraz
Villa Mt. Eden Napa Valley Pinot Noir
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.