Answers to our Blind Tasting Challenge

Wine #1
A popular and unmistakable international white wine that’s known for it’s many different styles depending on where it is grown. This particular wine is youthful and fresh with a bounty of tropical fruits, grapefruit, pineapple and herbaceous notes.

Grape Varietal:  Chardonnay / Sauvignon Blanc / Pinot Gris (Grigio)   Region: Chile / New Zealand / California

Answer: Rongo Pai Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand


Wine #2
Known for it’s ability to withstand cold weather, this is one of the few quality grapes that can grow in one of these northern latitude climates. Highly aromatic, high acidity with classic aromas of lime, peach, apricot and wet stones. You’ll also notice it’s other ‘classic’ aroma… but if we told you, we’d be giving so much away.

Grape Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc / Grüner Veltliner / Riesling         Region: Austria / Germany / New York State

Answer: Wechsler Riesling from Germany


Wine #3
It’s true origin is in France, like so many other varietals this has made it’s way around the world and is planted in almost every winemaking country. Thin skinned and highly aromatic, this particular wine also has notes of red currant and black cherry plus some vanilla and baking spices due to barrel aging.

Grape Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon / Pinot Noir / Grenache    Region: California / Australia / France

Answer: Allon's Ensemble Pinot Noir from California


Wine #4
This full-bodied wine is a bold, fruit forward red that’s loved for its jammy fruit and smoky, exotic spice notes and sometime it’s high alcohol content. It is well known in the country where it is grown as it’s own unique and special grape.

Grape Varietal: Malbec / Zinfandel / Shiraz      Region: California / Australia / Argentina

Answer: Balletto Zinfandel from California