The previous two classes highlighted the world’s major grape varieties along with the unique flavors and characteristics each variety imparts to wine. Wherever a specific grape variety is grown, the full set of possible flavors and characteristics remains the same; Chardonnay from New Zealand, California and Chablis all taste like Chardonnay.
That said, some of the flavors and characteristics may vary from one region to another; Chardonnay from California is usually more full-bodied compared to Chardonnay from Chablis, which is more crisply acidic. This is because the climate, soils and winemaking traditions vary from region to region.
A familiarity with the world's great growing regions helps wine lovers understand the styles of wine they can...