The Fine Wines Quiz


Where is the noble grape variety tannat grown?

Tannat is best known as the dominant grape variety in Madiran and is also planted in other French regions in the southwest.

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

Cabernet franc is grown in the Loire Valley because of the cool inland climate..

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

The Bordeaux region currently has 37 Michelin-starred restaurants.

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

Sauvignon blanc has long been used to make world-class wines from Bordeaux and the Loire Valley. But in recent decades, it's also become a favorite to New World winemakers of New Zealand.

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

Bordeaux was named a World Heritage Site in 2007 for being an outstanding example of the exchange of human values over more than 2,000 years. This is due to its role as capital city of a world-famous wine production region and the importance of its port in commerce at regional and international levels.

Which is NOT a wine region in Germany?

Rulander, also known as pinot gris, is a grape varietal, not a region in Germany.

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

Terroir is the word that rolls vineyard attributes such as microclimate, soil, drainage, altitude, aspect, exposure and slope into one.

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

Grenache-Syrah-Mourvedre blended wines, commonly known by the acronym GSM, are a specialty of the southern Rhone Valley in France and New World wine countries like Australia.

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

In hot climates, the grapes' acidity level will drop and the sugar level will increase.

A traditional small French oak barrel holds how many liters?

The barrel holds 225 liters and is referred to as the traditional Bordeaux oak barrel.

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

Chianti is historically associated with a squat bottle in a straw basket called a fiasco.

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

Pinot noir is a thin-skinned grape variety that is notoriously difficult to grow.

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

By law, crianzas must spend at least one year in oak barrels and cannot be sold until two years after the harvest.

What does "AVA" stand for?

American Viticultural Areas are appellations defined by federally recognized growing regions or political boundaries, such as the name of a county or state.

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

The region includes sites where the method of producing sparkling wines was developed on the principle of secondary fermentation in the bottle.

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

The main grape in the Rioja region is tempranillo, but vineyards also grow garnacha, graciano and mazuelo (carignan).

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

Anything from the Rioja region is labeled "Rioja <i>Calificada</i>." Rioja is the only Spanish wine able to use the term "<i>Calificada" </i>on its label, an appellation created by royal decree in 1902.

What country produces sherry?

Jerez is the town in Spain where sherry is produced.

Which county in California has the most vineyard acreage?

While you might think it's either Napa or Sonoma, it's actually San Joaquin.

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

Beaujolais is best enjoyed chilled.

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

Aging wine in burnt oak barrels generally adds notes of vanilla and spice.

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

Grapes for Spatlese wines are left on the vine a little longer to get more sugar, and the resulting wine is likely to be more powerful and rich.

What are the three primary grapes used for champagne?

Champagne vineyards are mostly planted with pinot noir, meunier and chardonnay.

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

Francois Pinault, owner of Chateau Latour in Pauillac, Bordeaux, also owns the Araujo Estate, but it's in Napa Valley, not Sonoma.

Which grape is Germany best known for?

German vineyards produce some of the greatest white wines in the world from the Riesling grape.

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

When you're pouring a glass of wine, fill it to the widest point on the glass.

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

The owners of Chanel purchased St. Supery Estate Vineyards & Winery in Napa in 2015.

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

Nearly half of all Americans drink wine on a regular basis.

What does room temperature mean when referring to serving wine?

Wine should be served at about 61 to 64 degrees Fahrenheit.

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

Cabernet sauvignon is the king of red grapes in Napa Valley, accounting for 40 percent of the total production and 55 percent of the crop value.

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