Processing Your Order...

New Customers Save $20 off $100+* with code AUGUSTNEW

New Customers Save $20* with code AUGUSTNEW

*For new customers only. Order must be placed by 8/31/2017. The $20 discount is given for a single order of $100 or more excluding shipping and tax. Some exclusions may apply. Promotion code does not apply to certain Champagne brands, Riedel glassware, gift certificates, fine and rare wine and all bottles 3.0 liters or larger. Promotion does not apply to corporate orders. No other promotion codes, coupon codes or corporate discounts may be applied to order. Not valid on Bordeaux Futures.

Due to state regulations, we cannot ship wine to California

Wine Spectator's ABCs of Wine Tasting Kit

Mixed Collections from Other
    Ships Mon, Aug 28
    Limit 0 bottles per customer
    Sold in increments of 0
    Currently Unavailable $99.99
    Try the
    129 99
    99 99
    Save $30.00 (23%)
    Add to Cart
    1
    Alert me when new vintages are available
    Rate for better recommendations
    No Rating

    Description

    Homework was never this much fun! Six exceptional wines, from different regions and varieties, are paired with Wine Spectator's online wine school course the ABCs of Wine Tasting (a $39 value). Pour a glass of wine and start class whenever you're ready. Put together by the experts at Wine Spectator School, you'll learn what to look for in a glass of wine and how to describe it. You'll also get to know your preferences and learn how to buy wines that you like – essential for any wine lover!

    This Collection Includes:

    Wine Spectator School ABCs of Wine Tasting Online Course
    Retail value: $39.00

    Franciscan Cabernet Sauvignon
    This powerful Cabernet Sauvignon captures the essence of Napa Valley's Oakville Region. Loaded with rich, ripe black cherry and plum flavors that are nicely balanced with hints of sweet toasted oak.

    Estancia Pinot Noir
    This Pinot Noir was crafted according to the Burgundian philosophy of handling the fruit as delicately as possible. Lusciously fruity with ripe cherries layered with sweet oak, dried flowers, leather, and spice.

    Robert Mondavi Carneros Chardonnay
    A classic Carneros Chardonnay: Fresh and focused, with apple, pear and citrus fruit character.

    Tintara Shiraz
    70-year-old vineyards provide the dense character and powerful dark fruit aromas found in this wine. The juicy palate with fine, integrated tannins leads to a silky finish.

    Simi Sauvignon Blanc
    Simi Sauvignon Blanc is everything a wine made from this grape should be: filled with lively acid and crisp, clean fruit flavors. A touch of Semillon is blended in to help develop richness on the palate.

    Columbia Winery Riesling
    This is one of Columbia Winery's most popular wines. It exhibits a fine rich aroma of apricot and honey, and crisp clean acidity with a fine lingering aftertaste.

    Please note that due to the popularity of this product, we reserve the right to substitute like wines and vintages.

    Critical Acclaim

    Paso Robles

    View all wine

    A rugged, sunbaked plain that has long served as a haven for outlaws and rogues...

    View More

    A rugged, sunbaked plain that has long served as a haven for outlaws and rogues, Paso Robles has made a name for itself as a source of rebelliously powerful wines. With 11 smaller sub-AVAs, there is quite a bit of diversity to be found in this inland portion of California’s Central Coast.

    This is mostly red wine country, with Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel standing out as the star performers. Other popular varieties include Merlot, Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot, and Rhône varieties both red and white. There is a fairly uniform tendency here towards wines that are unapologetically bold and opulently fruity, albeit with a surprising amount of acidity thanks to the region’s chilly nighttime temperatures.

    Zinfandel

    View all wine

    Unapologetically powerful, heady, and fruit-forward...

    View More

    Unapologetically powerful, heady, and fruit-forward, Zinfandel is often thought of as a truly Californian grape, though in fact it is anything but. This variety has followed an intriguing trajectory to reach its adoptive home, beginning, surprisingly, in Croatia. Originally known as Tribidrag, it first made its way to southern Italy where it became known as Primitivo. From there it eventually migrated to what is now unarguably its most successful outpost, in California, and has thrived throughout the state. Of course, this is also the grape of White Zinfandel, a sweet pink wine that enjoyed great popularity in the 1980s and 90s. Though White Zin still has a significant following, today the variety is increasingly associated with the red version.

    In the Glass

    Zinfandel commonly features a bold, plush texture and notes of dark plum, blackberry, sweet spice, black pepper, dark chocolate, leather, and licorice, and can often be described as “jammy” and a little bit sweet. Very ripe examples may express a hint of dried fruit like raisin, fig, or prune. Despite its significant alcohol and weight, Zinfandel has very smooth, gentle tannins.

    Perfect Pairings

    Zinfandel is a powerfully flavored wine, mingling happily with bold food like brisket, lamb shanks, pork ribs, or anything barbecued. If care is taken with regards to alcohol levels, Zinfandel’s hint of sweetness can work well with milder Indian-spiced dishes like lamb curry.

    Sommelier Secret

    Thanks to its popularity both for home winemaking and as communion wine, many Zinfandel vines were able to survive prohibition, leading to the abundance of "old vine" Zinfandels. These low-yielding vines tend to produce wine that is concentrated, complex, and elegant.

    PDXCAWineSpectator_2006 Item# 88806

    Update your browser to enjoy all that Wine.com has to offer.

    It's easy to update and using the latest version
    of Internet Explorer means all your web browsing will be better.

    Yes, Update Now