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Class 1: Australia: History and Grapes

Aussie Whites: Riesling and Chardonnay


Tasting Goals
Taste a range of white wines from Australia. Compare and contrast two varieties and their growing regions. Pay special attention to the differences in aromatic intensity, flavor, body and structure.

The Four Wines

Purchase four white wines from Australia.

  • The first pair should be Riesling; one from Clare Valley and one from Eden Valley.
  • The second pair should be Chardonnay; one from Adelaide Hills and one from Margaret River.
They should retail in the $20-35 price range.

They should be from the same vintage, or within a year or two of each other.

Make sure the wines are properly chilled.

Also, write down the name...

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