Course: Understanding Wine

Class 8: Discovering the New World


This tasting takes a single grape variety and compares Old and New World versions, highlighting the differences that climate and soil, as well as the winemaker's intentions, make in wine.

As you finish the tasting, keep asking yourself if you can relate the differences you perceive in the wines to their Old World/New World origins.


Aftertaste and Finish

  • Mark down your observations on your Tasting Worksheet.



  • Do you find the Northern Rhône firmer than the Shiraz, with more evident tannin and acidity?
  • Is the Shiraz softer, with more evident alcohol than the Northern Rhône?



  • Is one wine more complex than the other?


Final Evaluation

  • Which do you feel is the higher quality wine?
  • And which wine do you prefer?
  • Are both wines from the same vintage? How did Wine Spectator...
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