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Wine Basics Quiz
by Staff
When it comes to critiquing wine, it is important to understand the basics. How knowledgeable are you about wine basics? Take this quiz and find out!

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, and Syrah are all examples of red wines from which variety of grape?

  • Vintage variety
  • Noble variety
  • Red soil variety

What is the name for a wine made primarily or exclusively from one variety of grapes?

  • Singe-grape
  • Primary
  • Varietal

California law requires that a varietal wine contain at least what percentage of the grape named on the label?

  • 50 percent
  • 75 percent
  • 100 percent

Which wine term describes the way the vines are tended and how much fruit they are allowed to produce?

  • Uviculture
  • Vinoculture
  • Viticulture

What is the world's most popular varietal?

  • Chardonnay
  • Merlot
  • Zinfandel

Which type of wine is a dry wine similar to Chardonnay but not as complex, with aromas and flavors of white melon and citrus, usually made with little or no oak?

  • Riesling
  • Pinot Blanc
  • Pinot Gris

Which type of white wine is considered by most connoisseurs to be one of the world's greatest but is underappreciated in America?

  • Riesling
  • Chardonnay
  • Sauvignon Blanc

What is the name Australians gave to their greatest wine?

  • Syrah
  • Zinfandel
  • Shiraz

Which wine varietal has an unknown ancestry and is produced almost exclusively in California?

  • Petite Sirah
  • Zinfandel
  • Shiraz

What is the name for a wine that does not carry a single varietal designation?

  • Combo
  • Mix
  • Blend