by Winebounty Team| Nov 12, 2020

Looking for a fun way to drink yourself through the next 34 weeks?  And possibly learn something about your palette along the way?  Then you need to jump on the band wagon and give Wine Folly’s recently launched “Tasting Challenge” a go.  Wine Folly is the brain-child of Master Sommelier, Madeline Puckette, the author of New York Times Bestselling book:  Wine Folly:  The Essential Guide to Wine.

Over the next 34 weeks, Madeline and her team will overload your senses showcasing a weekly representative wine that is typical of a region.  The goal is to cover 34 wines, 12 countries, and 9 styles.

While Wine Folly has you in good hands on wine instruction and appreciation, we thought Wine Bounty could do what we do best: Help you find a great deal on a great wine for each week’s gameplay.  Of course, we will keep it simple (and delicious!):  Accessible, highly rated wines under $30.  We want your adventure to be fun and enjoyable, ensuring you don’t land a dud.

The list below will be updated regularly so you have time to pick up (or order) a bottle for the coming week.  Oh, and to make things easier, we’ll limit our selections to wine’s currently available on Wine.com.  This way if you’re a StewardShip Member you can always get free shipping on the first bottle.  Want to learn more about how free shipping works?  Or other places to get it?  Check out our blog on the topic here.  Happy Hunting!

Wine Folly Tasting Challenge

Wine Folly Tasting Challenge

Week 1: Spanish Cava (Codorniu Anna de Cordorniu Cava Blanc de Blancs JS 91; TP 90; 4.0 Stars and 100+ Reviews)

Week 2: French Beaujolais (Jean-Marc Burgaud Morgon Cote du Py RP 94)

Week 3: Italian Sangiovese (Chianti) (Mazzei Chianti Classico Riserva Ser Lapo 2016 D 97; JS 95; WS 94; RP 92; W&S 91)

Week 4: German Riesling (Dr. Loosen Blue Slate Riesling Kabinett 2018 D 91; W&S 91; WE 90)

Week 5: French Bordeaux Blend (Chateau Haut-Brisson 2015 JS 95; WE 93; JD 92; RP 91)

Week 6: Oregon Pinot Noir (Lemelson Thea’s Select Pinot Noir 2017 JS 93; WS 92)

Week 7: New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc (Clos Henri Sauvignon Blanc 2018 WE 94; JS 93; RP 90)

Week 8: Argentinian Malbec

Week 9: California Chardonnay

Week 10: French Crémant

Week 11: Australian Shiraz

Week 12: US Pinot Noir Rosé

Week 13: Italian Pinot Grigio

Complete Wine List

Sparkling Wine

  • Spanish Cava
  • French Crémant
  • Italian Prosecco

Light-Bodied White Wine

  • Austrian Grüner Veltliner
  • New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc
  • Greek Assyrtiko
  • Italian Pinot Grigio

Full-Bodied White Wine

  • Californian Chardonnay
  • French Viognier
  • Californian Roussanne Blend
  • Austrian Orange Wine

Aromatic White Wine

  • French Gewürztraminer
  • German Riesling
  • South African Chenin Blanc

Rosé Wine

  • US Pinot Noir Rosé
  • French Tavel Rosé
  • Spanish Rosado

Light-Bodied Red Wine

  • Oregon Pinot Noir
  • French Gamay (Beaujolais)
  • Austrian Zweigelt

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

  • American Cabernet Franc
  • Italian Sangiovese
  • Chilean Carménère
  • Italian Primitivo

Full-Bodied Red Wine

  • South African Pinotage
  • Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Greek Xinomavro
  • Spanish Tempranillo
  • Australian Shiraz
  • Argentinian Malbec
  • French Bordeaux Blend

Dessert Wine / Other

  • Portuguese Tawny Port
  • Spanish dry Sherry (Fino or Amontillado)
  • French Sauternes

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