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Blind tasting wine—sniffing and sipping with no other information than whether it’s white or red—is humbling. It’s also irresistible. Drilling down through narrow nuances of a wine’s color, aromas, flavors, acidity, alcohol, tannins…to declare confidently that it’s from the Old World or the New—Italy, say, or Argentina; that it’s Nebbiolo, not Malbec; and that it’s a Barolo from 2015 versus 2016 is the legendary struggle of candidates studying for their final Master Sommelier exam. And it’s the private conviction of all other wine lovers that they could nail it, given the chance.
Now there’s a way to find out. Master the World is a monthly subscription blind-tasting kits, newly available to wine enthusiasts with any level of tasting experience (or lack thereof). Each box contains six small bottles (187 milliliters) marked only by numbers—a collection of wines, curated by a panel of Master