Drinkers will now be able to learn wine tasting techniques from the comfort of their own homes.
Tasting-kit producer Blue Tree has teamed up with winemaker Ernst & Julio Gallo and wine expert Joe Wadsack to produce the first in a series of boxed Wine Tasting Adventures.
Tasters listen to a pre-recorded CD, which features Joe Wadsack’s wine tales and tips, and then participate in interactive tasting exercises
based around the three 187ml wines in the pack, provided by E&J Gallo.
There is also an on-pack California Wine holiday competition.
Ian Belcher, UK marketing controller of Gallo, said: “The product called for three distinct wines to get the key points across, so we are delighted to be supplying the Chardonnay, White Zinfandel and Cabernet wines from our Sierra Valley range and setting testers off on their journey of discovery.”
The first adventure, How to Taste, was launched in Tesco this week, priced £10.
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