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Wine Spectator School

Class 1: Cabernet and California

What's in a Price Point?


Tasting Goals
Compare and contrast wines at various price points, paying special attention to the differences in quality, including extraction, tannins, complexity and age-worthiness.

The Four Wines
Purchase four Cabernets from any growing region within California. They should all be from the same vintage, or within a year or two of each other.

Choose one wine from each of the following four price categories:

Under $12
$13-25, ideally in the middle of this price range, or $16-19
$26-39, ideally $26-29
Over $40
Make sure to write down the name of each wine and how much it cost!! You will need this information during the tasting.


  • Four paper bags. Each should be large enough to...

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