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Class 4: Major Regional Varieties

sip: taste, body, flavor


  1. Sip, swish and spit your Viognier.
    • Notice that it is dry - no perceptible sweetness - and not as refreshing or mouth watering as the Pinot Grigio you tasted in Class One. This is because Viognier's acidity is considerably lower than Pinot Grigio's.
  2. Note its acidity on your worksheet.
  3. Now sip, swish and spit your Gewürztraminer.
    • Notice that, like the Viognier, the Gewürztraminer is also softer and less acidic than Pinot Grigio.
  4. Circle the Gewürztraminer acidity on your worksheet.
    • Gewürztraminer, like Viognier, is usually fermented dry.
    • California vintners sometimes make Gewürztraminer in an off-dry style. This slight hint of sweetness contributes to the wine's softness and helps fills out its body.



  1. Sip, swish and swallow the Viognier and evaluate its body.
  2. Note your observations on the Tasting Worksheet.
    • Usually, Viognier...

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