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Wine Spectator School

Class 6: Traveling the Old World

see: clarity, color, intensity, legs



  • Examine the wines for clarity and note your tasting worksheet.



  • Rioja is typically ruby red to garnet/brick; Chianti is normally ruby red.
  • Examine the wines for color and note your worksheet.



  • Examine the intensity of the wines and mark your worksheet.
  • Both the Rioja Reserva's and the Chianti Classico's intensity are normally medium.
  • If your Rioja is older than your Chianti, it may be paler.



  • Swirl each wine, examine its legs and mark your worksheet.

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