Think you know wine? Take this quiz!


By: J.P. Naomi

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Red, white, bubbly, and everything in between! It's time to see if you can sip your way through this quiz! It's the ultimate quiz to see how well you know wine!

Which is NOT one of the five major red grape varietals produced in Bordeaux?

The red wines of Bordeaux are usually blends of two or more of the 5 popular grapes which include: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec.


What are the two prominent white grape varietals of Bordeaux?

Most white Bordeaux wines are made of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. Muscadelle, Colombard and Ugni Blanc are other types.


What does the term "corked wine" mean?

Corked wine means that a wine is contaminated with cork taint which is the presence of a chemical compound called TCA (2,4,6 - trichloroanisole), giving the wine a musty smell.


What is the prominent white varietal of the Burgandy region in France?

Bourgogne (Burgandy in French!) is located in the east-central part of France.


What type of grape varietal is used to make Beaujolais?

Beaujolais Nouveau is an easy drinking, fruity wine that became very popular in the 1980s.


What is the name of a wine steward who specializes in wine service and wine and food pairing?

There are four levels in which sommeliers can be certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers after completing an examination at each level.


What flavor characteristic is responsible for giving your mouth a dry feeling?

Tannins come from the grape skins and seeds and add bitterness to the wine, and can also give your mouth a dry feeling.


What famous wine type is made with grapes affected by Botrytis cinerea - a.k.a. "noble rot"?

Noble rot is a benign type of fungus on grapes that extends a sweetness to the wine. Sauternes from Bordeaux; Tokaji Aszu from Hungary; and Spätlese level German Riesling all are made from grapes with "noble rot".


Which phrase below translates to "young wine" in Portuguese?

It is not a grape varietal and translates literally to "green wine," but means any red, white, or rosé wines that are consumed shortly after bottling.


How would you order red wine in Spain?

Even though the word for red is "rojo" in Spanish, in Spain, "vino tinto" is used to order red wine. It originates from the Latin word “tinctus” which means “dyed”, “stained” or “tinted”, since the skins of the grapes are what give the color to the wine.


What is the main grape varietal in an Italian Super Tuscan wine?

The origin of the name "Super Tuscan" comes from the fact that other varietals were introduced to the traditional Tuscan wine, and used to contribute to the super tuscan.


What famous American winemaker is credited with putting grape varietals on the label?

The Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science opened in October 2008 at the University of California, Davis.


What area of California is known for its big cabernet sauvignons?

The Napa Valley is one of the world's most diverse wine regions in terms of soil and geology, containing soils with a mixture of volcanic and marine origins, to name a few.


What famous Canadian wine is made from grapes harvested when they are frozen on the vine?

The Inniskillin winery was founded in 1974 and is located on Niagara-on-the-Lake in Ontario, Canada.


While Germany makes a number of different wines, what wine varietal is it best known for?

The white grape varietal Riesling originated in the Rhine region of Germany, and is widely planted in the Mosel, Rheingau, Nahe and Pfalz wine regions.


What is the main difference between most German Rieslings and most French Rieslings?

Germany produces more styles of sweet Riesling as opposed to dry Riesling styles from the Alsace region of France.


What type of wine is typically pink in color?

A rosé gets some color from the grape skins during the wine making process, but not enough to qualify it as red wine.


What is the "appellation of origin"?

Appellation of origin appears on labels to give an idea of the geographical environment in which they are produced - for example, it appears as "appellation contrôlée" (AC) in France and "denominazione di origine controllata" (DOC) in Italy.


Which of the following is NOT a primary varietal used in champagne?

There are specific rules that only allow grapes grown and processed according to strict practices in the Champagne region of France to be called Champagne.


Which of the following characteristics does NOT qualify as "real" champagne?

Just because it is bubbly, does not mean it is champagne! It is illegal to call a sparkling wine champagne unless it is grown in the Champagne region of France and adheres to other rules on secondary fermentation and carbonation, among others.


After resting in cellars, which of the following is added to champagne before shipping?

This addition of reserve wine and very pure cane sugar is called a "dosage" and the amount added (from lowest to highest) determines the type of champagne: Brut Nature, Extra-Brut, Brut, Extra sec (or Extra Dry), Sec (or Dry), Demi-Sec, or Doux.


What does "brut champagne" mean?

Brut can also be further described as “extra brut” and “brut natural" - in which no additional sugar was added.


When describing a wine as "dry", what does that mean?

A dry wine is not very sweet because it does not have any residual sugar from fermentation.


What is the French word that describes the environmental factors that affect how grapes grow, and ultimately, how wine tastes?

Terroir refers to the type of soil, climate, drainage, sun exposure, and winds to which the grapes are exposed.


What is a tête de cuvée ?

The literal translation in French is "head of the vatful" and is the wine produced from the first pressing of the grapes which is considered to have the most superior quality.


What is the tête de cuvée of Moët & Chandon?

Dom Pérignon was first marketed in 1928, exclusively in England and the United States.


The grape varietal called Shiraz in the southern hemisphere, is called ___________ in the northern hemisphere.

The same red wine is made in France’s Rhône region where it is called Syrah, and made in Australia where it is called Shiraz.


What varietal of grape is used to make Barolo and Barbaresco?

Nebbiolo is predominantly associated with the Piedmont region of Italy, where it makes Barolo, Barbaresco, Roero, Gattinara and Ghemme.


What is the suggested serving temperature for white wine?

A refrigerator is often around 35 degrees F, so it is not optimal for chilling white wines to the perfect temperature.


What is the suggested serving temperature for red wine?

If red wine is too cold, you will lose out on flavor and aroma - resulting in exaggeration of tannins and acidity.


What do you call the grainy material that sometimes settles to the bottom of a wine bottle?

Sediment can be composed of yeast cells, grape parts, tartaric acid crystals, or anything leftover from the process of making wine. It will not hurt you!


Which famous wine style from the Rhone Valley in France means "New Castle of the Pope"?

Châteauneuf-du-Pape is in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France and has a population of about 2000.


Which famous grape varietal from Bordeaux is featured as a single grape varietal in Argentina?

Argentina has the most acreage of Malbec vines in the world.


Which California wine region is best known for chardonnay?

There are several stories of the origin of the name Sonoma, one being the Native American tribes that lived in the area named it Sonoma which translates to "valley of the moon".


What is the proper thing to do when the sommelier puts the cork on the table?

The cork can sometimes have off flavors, therefore it is not recommended to sniff the cork to determine the quality of the wine.


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