The Fine Wines Quiz
by Staff
Do you know a Bordeaux from a Burgundy? A rioja from a Riesling? A pinot noir from a pinot grigio? Then you should have no problem scoring master sommelier on this quiz!

Where is the noble grape variety tannat grown?

  • northern Spain
  • southwestern France
  • southern Italy

What is the most important black grape grown in the Loire Valley of France?

  • cabernet sauvignon
  • cabernet franc
  • merlot

How many Michelin-starred restaurants are there in the Bordeaux region of France?

  • five
  • 10
  • more than 10

Which important Bordeaux grape is also widely grown in France's Loire Valley and New Zealand's Marlborough region?

  • sauvignon blanc
  • chardonnay
  • merlot

In which year did Bordeaux become a UNESCO World Heritage site?

  • 1999
  • 2007
  • 2015

Which is NOT a wine region in Germany?

  • Saar
  • Franken
  • Rulander

What is the French term for a vineyard's microclimate, soil, drainage and exposure?

  • terroir
  • paille
  • brumeux

In Australia, the blend of the three most prominent Rhone varieties is sometimes abbreviated GSM. What does that stand for?

  • Grenache-Syrah-Merlot
  • Grenache-Syrah-Mourvedre
  • Grignolino-Syrah-Merlot

True or false: Hot climates generally produce grapes that lack acidity.

  • true
  • false

A traditional small French oak barrel holds how many liters?

  • 300 liters (79 gallons)
  • 88 liters
  • 225 liters

Historically, Chianti is packaged in a fiasco. What is a fiasco?

  • a wide-bottomed bottle encased in a straw basket
  • a wooden keg
  • a tear-shaped bottle

Wines from the Burgundy region in France are almost always made with what grape?

  • chardonnay
  • pinot noir
  • cabernet franc

What does the term "crianza" on the label on a bottle of rioja mean?

  • The wine was produced using old vines.
  • The wine was aged for two years, with at least one year in oak.
  • The wine was aged for three years.

What does "AVA" stand for?

  • American Viticultural Areas
  • All Viticultural Areas
  • American Viticultural Appellation

True or false: The Champagne region of France was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015.

  • true
  • false

The Rioja region in Spain is primarily known for growing what red grape?

  • tempranillo
  • garnacha
  • chenin blanc

Which wine region in Spain was the first to receive official appellation status?

  • Rioja
  • Basque Country
  • Catalonia

What country produces sherry?

  • Spain
  • United States
  • Portugal

Which county in California has the most vineyard acreage?

  • San Joaquin
  • Napa
  • Sonoma

True or false: Beaujolais red wine should be served chilled.

  • true
  • false

What flavors do toasted, American oak barrels generally add to wine?

  • vanilla and spice
  • honey and lemon
  • chocolate and ginger

What does the term "Spatlese" refer to on a bottle of German Riesling?

  • red grape
  • early harvest
  • late harvest

What are the three primary grapes used for champagne?

  • chardonnay, Riesling and meunier
  • chardonnay, pinot noir and meunier
  • chardonnay, pinot gris and meunier

True or false: The owner of Chateau Latour in Pauillac, Bordeaux, also owns the Araujo Estate in Sonoma Valley.

  • true
  • false

Which grape is Germany best known for?

  • Riesling
  • chardonnay
  • pinot gris

When serving wine, how much of the glass should you fill with wine?

  • to the widest point on the glass, usually a third of the way up depending on the shape
  • all the way to the top
  • half full

True or false: French fashion house Chanel bought its first vineyard in Napa Valley in 2015.

  • true
  • false

True or false: According to research group Wine Intelligence, 40 percent of the U.S. population drinks wine regularly.

  • true
  • false

What does room temperature mean when referring to serving wine?

  • about 61 to 64 degrees Fahrenheit (16 to 18 degrees Celsius)
  • about 65 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit
  • about 69 to 73 degrees Fahrenheit

What is the most widely planted grape variety in Napa Valley?

  • cabernet sauvignon
  • chardonnay
  • merlot