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Wine Spectator School

Class 2: Tasting Whites

the three wines


Riesling from Alsace in France or from New Zealand, Austria, or a dry style from Germany

Sauvignon Blanc from California, made with minimal or no oak

Chardonnay from California or Australia, with evident oak



Riesling, originally a German grape, comes in the tall green flute bottle popular in Germany.

Sauvignon Blanc, originally from Bordeaux, comes in the traditional Bordeaux bottle with high shoulders.

Chardonnay, originally from Burgundy, comes in the traditional Burgundy bottle with sloping shoulders.



The goals of this tasting are to:

  • Compare three white varietals (Riesling vs. Sauvignon Blanc vs. Chardonnay)
  • Show the influence of oak (Riesling is made without oak, and...

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