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Vineyards and Vintages: The Wine Varietal Quiz
by Staff
Do you fancy yourself an amateur sommelier of sorts? Break out the corkscrew and take our wine varietal quiz!

How many different types of wine-making varietals are found across the globe?

  • more than 400
  • more than 4,000
  • more than 40,000

What percentage of a wine must come from a single grape in order for the name of the grape to appear on the label?

  • 10 percent
  • 33 percent
  • 75 percent

What grape dominates the German winemaking industry?

  • riesling
  • chardonnay
  • zinfandel

What smooth red wine comes from the second-most widely planted varietal on Earth?

  • sangiovese
  • shiraz
  • merlot

Which of the following difficult-to-grow grapes thrives in Burgundy?

  • syrah
  • pinot noir
  • tempranillo

What’s the most popular wine in the U.S.?

  • chardonnay
  • pinot bianco
  • shiraz

What traditionally Spanish varietal is largely used to make brandy?

  • airen
  • nebbiolo
  • grenache

Moscato -- white or red?

  • white
  • red
  • neither

In France they call it ugni blanc. What name do the Italians give this varietal?

  • sangiovese
  • riesling
  • trebbiano

Which of the following grapes rarely thrives outside of Italy's southern piedmont?

  • nebbiolo
  • pinot grigio
  • tempanrillo

Originally from Croatia, what's the most widely planted red in California?

  • pinot noir
  • zinfandel
  • shiraz

The name of this grape translates into "blood of Christ."

  • trebbiano
  • airen
  • sangiovese

Native to Bordeaux, the name of this grape means, "wild" or "savage."

  • sauvignon blanc
  • syrah
  • pinot gris

What’s the most-planted varietal in Australia?

  • shiraz
  • pinot noir
  • merlot

Which of the following grapes is named for its grayish pink skin?

  • pinot noir
  • riesling
  • pinot gris

What's the most planted grape on the planet?

  • zinfandel
  • merlot
  • cabernet sauvignon

This Spanish varietal is the fourth-most planted wine grape on Earth.

  • nebbiolo
  • pinot noir
  • tempanrillo

What Loire Valley variety is a softer, less in-your-face alternative to cabernet sauvignon?

  • muscat blanc
  • trebbiano
  • cabernet franc

The grenache or garnacha grape is native to this country.

  • Spain
  • Italy
  • Australia

What close relative to pinot noir hails from Alsace and offers hints of pear, citrus and green apple?

  • pinot blanc
  • merlot
  • chardonnay