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Yin and Yang: A regional head-to-head of 2 classic grapes

The virtual tastings are free to Members and $10 for non-members.
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Mark Rashap has long professed that the BEST way to learn about wine is by tasting comparatively 2 or more wines with the goal of highlighting a particular lesson.  By tasting the same grape from 2 different regions and understanding the differences of growing conditions or winemaking, the subtle variations of flavor that would normally be hard to identify are amplified.  And, from there, we can extrapolate many lessons on what we like or prefer from wines going forward.

In this class, we’ll look at 2 different varieties, Sangiovese and Dry Riesling, and compare them from drastically different regions.  For Riesling it will be Mosel vs the Reinhessen, and for Sangiovese, it will be Chianti vs. Montalcino.  As always, we’ll get into the nitty gritty of what makes these regions distinct, how to identify the flavors that result, and how to use that knowledge for wine selections in the future.


Louis Guntrum Dry Riesling – $16.25
Dr. Hermann Riesling Trocken – $19.99
Capanna Rosso di Montalcino – $29.99
Bindi Sergardi La Boncia Chianti – $18.75

Guidelines for Purchase at The Austin Wine Merchant:

  • The store is currently serving customers via contactless curbside pickup for safety – please order in advance. Email your order to or call to (512) 499-0512 by 2pm Saturday 6 February 2021 to pre-order your wines and secure your order with a Visa, MasterCard or Discover.
  • Order pick-up is Wednesday or Thursday before the tasting between 10:00 AM and 6:30 PM. (Off street parking available on the right just before the shop – a tawny brick building with red awning)
  • Discounts: When ordering wines for the tasting, you may want to consider ordering additional wines to access these discounts. Mixed 6-pack: 7.5% discount; Mixed 12-pack: 10% discount; Full case of the same wine: 15% discount.
  • You can find their current wine & spirits special offering at the following link ( and can browse their full collection by clicking on the “Quick Links to Wines of the World” button at the top of their website (

Other Details

Class will be hosted via Zoom. Registrants will receive an email with the meeting link Wednesday morning.

Participants will be required to purchase at least one of the wines to receive the Zoom link for the tasting.

Please note: These sessions are being recorded for marketing purposes.

About the IMBIBE Series

IMBIBE means to consume or absorb – and that’s exactly what you’ll do in our classes . . . consume and absorb wine, food, and knowledge. IMBIBE takes place every week, alternating between Wednesdays and Thursdays at 6pm (unless otherwise noted).  These classes are a ton of fun and loaded with great education! Our members have told us that Wednesdays and Thursdays are their favorite days of the week because they love these virtual tastings so much!