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The Ultimate Wine Lover's Quiz
by Staff
To most, enjoying a glass of wine is a casual pursuit of pleasure. But to others it's a far more ceremonious occasion. Such oenophiles will need to summon their knowledge about wine or risk tasting the Ultimate Wine Lover's Quiz's grapes of wrath.

When it comes to wine, you often get what you pay for. In 1985, a wine lover took that phrase to a whole new meaning, shelling out more than $156,000 on a single bottle. Why did it fetch such an astronomical price?

  • It reportedly once belonged to Thomas Jefferson.
  • It was allegedly brought to the United States on Christopher Columbus' ship.
  • It was supposedly a gift from Winston Churchill to FDR.

A little imbibing may do the body good. Word on the street is that a glass of red wine each day might benefit which color-coordinated organ?

  • liver
  • heart
  • lungs

Wine racks are for amateurs; the mark of a true vino aficionado is a wine cellar. These days, the primary difference between cellars is what?

  • temperature control
  • size
  • location

An easy way to spot a sommelier in a nice restaurant is to look for someone wearing a shallow, silver dish around his or her neck. Sommeliers tote around these accessories, called tastevins, for what purpose?

  • Tastevins signify if someone is a certified sommelier.
  • Tastevins serve as portable wine sample cups for sommeliers.
  • Tastevins are used to check for a wine's color and clarity.

Decanters make for attractive household accessories and also enhance the flavor of certain wines by allowing oxygen to react with the liquid. Which type of wine is the only one that requires decanting or aerating?

  • red wine
  • white wine
  • sparkling wine

In 2006, scientists discovered that drinking red wine could potentially prolong longevity thanks to a compound called "resveratrol." Unfortunately, humans would have to guzzle about how much of the stuff per day to glean the benefits?

  • 10 bottles
  • 100 bottles
  • 1,000 bottles

Bottles of wine deserve some tender love and care for optimal drinking pleasure. Which of the following wine care steps is NOT correct?

  • Store wine bottles horizontally.
  • Store wine bottles in away from light sources.
  • Store wine bottles at room temperature.

When considering what wine to pair with rich, heavy foods, what characteristic would the wise oenophile look out for?

  • full body
  • dark coloration
  • dryness

Maintaining etiquette while chugging 12 to 18 different kinds of vino in an afternoon may seem like a nigh impossible challenge. But according to wine tour etiquette, which of the following is NOT acceptable behavior (besides getting thoroughly sloshed)?

  • requesting a second sample pour
  • critiquing the wines without being asked to
  • pouring out any sample wine that doesn't tickle your fancy

An experienced wine lover knows to smell a glass of wine before tasting. Once it finally comes time for that first mouthful, what should you do?

  • Only take a small sip of wine at first to acclimate your tongue to the flavor.
  • Drink a decent-sized gulp to experience all of the flavors.
  • Lightly gargle it around to allow the liquid to strike all parts of your mouth.