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  • 1. 

    Which ONE of the following is a grape variety widely grown in La Mancha?

    • A.

      Airen

    • B.

      Albarino

    • C.

      Sauvignon Blanc

    • D.

      Viura

    Correct Answer
    A. Airen
    Explanation
    Airen is a grape variety widely grown in La Mancha. This variety is specifically known for its cultivation in the La Mancha region of Spain. It is a white grape variety that is highly adaptable to the dry and arid climate of La Mancha. Airen grapes are used to produce a range of wines, including both still and sparkling wines. Due to its suitability to the region's climate and soil, Airen has become one of the most widely planted grape varieties in La Mancha.

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  • 2. 

    With reference to Spanish red wine, which ONE of the following labelling terms requires the longest minimum maturation period in cask?

    • A.

      Reserva

    • B.

      Joven

    • C.

      Crianza

    • D.

      Gran Reserva

    Correct Answer
    D. Gran Reserva
    Explanation
    Gran Reserva requires the longest minimum maturation period in cask among the given labelling terms for Spanish red wine. Gran Reserva wines are required to be aged for a minimum of five years, with at least two years in oak casks. This extended maturation period allows the wine to develop complex flavors and aromas, resulting in a higher quality and more refined wine.

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  • 3. 

    Joven on a Spanish wine label would indicate that a wine is

    • A.

      Aged

    • B.

      Young

    • C.

      Sweet

    • D.

      Semi-sweet

    Correct Answer
    B. Young
    Explanation
    The term "Joven" on a Spanish wine label indicates that the wine is young. In the context of wine, "Joven" refers to wines that have not been aged for a long period of time. These wines are typically released soon after fermentation and are known for their fresh and fruity flavors. The term is commonly used in Spain to differentiate these young wines from those that have undergone longer aging processes.

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  • 4. 

    What form of vine training is most common in La Mancha?

    • A.

      Single guyot

    • B.

      Low bush

    • C.

      Cordon de Royat

    • D.

      High cordon

    Correct Answer
    B. Low bush
    Explanation
    The most common form of vine training in La Mancha is the low bush. This method involves training the vines to grow low to the ground without any support or trellis system. It is a traditional method used in dry and windy regions like La Mancha to protect the vines from harsh weather conditions and conserve moisture in the soil. The low bush training allows the vines to spread out horizontally and develop a dense canopy, which helps to shade the grapes and prevent sunburn. This technique is also beneficial for harvesting as it allows easy access to the grapes.

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  • 5. 

    Which ONE of the following is a DO region for dry white wines only?

    • A.

      Toro

    • B.

      Rias Baixas

    • C.

      Ribera del Duero

    • D.

      Catalunya

    Correct Answer
    B. Rias Baixas
    Explanation
    Rias Baixas is a DO region that is known for producing dry white wines only. This region, located in northwest Spain, is particularly famous for its production of Albariño, a crisp and aromatic white wine. The cool maritime climate and unique soil composition of Rias Baixas create the ideal conditions for growing high-quality white grapes. As a result, the region has gained recognition for its exceptional dry white wines, making it a DO region specifically known for this style of wine.

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  • 6. 

    Which pair of grapes is widely used in Rueda?

    • A.

      Carinena and Monastrell

    • B.

      Verdejo and Sauvignon Blanc

    • C.

      Tempranillo and Garnacha

    • D.

      Albarino and Viura

    Correct Answer
    B. Verdejo and Sauvignon Blanc
    Explanation
    The widely used pair of grapes in Rueda is Verdejo and Sauvignon Blanc.

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  • 7. 

    Which ONE of the following is a Spanish region that produces red wines similar in style to Rioja?

    • A.

      Navarra

    • B.

      Jerez

    • C.

      Dao

    • D.

      Rueda

    Correct Answer
    A. Navarra
    Explanation
    Navarra is a Spanish region that produces red wines similar in style to Rioja. Both regions are located in the northern part of Spain and have similar climate and soil conditions that are conducive to growing the same grape varieties used in Rioja wines, such as Tempranillo. Additionally, Navarra follows similar winemaking techniques as Rioja, including barrel aging, which contributes to the similar style of red wines produced in both regions.

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  • 8. 

    Which ONE of the following is not a wine-producing region in Portugal?

    • A.

      Bairrada

    • B.

      Beiras

    • C.

      Rueda

    • D.

      Alentejo

    Correct Answer
    C. Rueda
    Explanation
    Rueda is not a wine-producing region in Portugal. It is actually a wine-producing region in Spain, known for its white wines made from the Verdejo grape. Portugal has several wine-producing regions, including Bairrada, Beiras, and Alentejo, but Rueda is not one of them.

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  • 9. 

    Baga produces wines that are typically

    • A.

      Red with a deep colour intensity

    • B.

      White with a deep colour intensity

    • C.

      Red with a pale colour intensity

    • D.

      White with a pale colour intensity

    Correct Answer
    A. Red with a deep colour intensity
    Explanation
    Baga produces wines that are red with a deep color intensity. This means that the wines made from Baga grapes have a rich and intense red color. The deep color intensity suggests that the wines are likely to be bold and full-bodied, with a strong presence of red fruit flavors. This characteristic is often sought after by wine enthusiasts who prefer robust and flavorful red wines.

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  • 10. 

    What Portuguese term indicates either a vineyard or an estate?

    • A.

      Vinho

    • B.

      Quinta

    • C.

      Colheita

    • D.

      Adega

    Correct Answer
    B. Quinta
    Explanation
    The Portuguese term "Quinta" refers to either a vineyard or an estate. This term is commonly used in Portugal to describe a property that is dedicated to the cultivation of grapes for wine production. It can also refer to a large estate or farm. Therefore, "Quinta" is the correct answer to the question.

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  • 11. 

    The most important viticultural challenge in Vinho Verde is

    • A.

      Humidity

    • B.

      Drought

    • C.

      Frost

    • D.

      Hail

    Correct Answer
    A. Humidity
    Explanation
    The most important viticultural challenge in Vinho Verde is humidity because this region in Portugal experiences high levels of humidity due to its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. This can lead to various diseases and pests that thrive in humid conditions, affecting the quality and yield of the grapes. Additionally, humidity can also impact the ripening process of the grapes, potentially resulting in unbalanced flavors and lower sugar levels in the wine. Therefore, managing and controlling humidity is crucial for successful grape cultivation in Vinho Verde.

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  • 12. 

    Which of the following is the key factor in determining the quality of the wines in the Ribera de Duero?

    • A.

      Maritime influence

    • B.

      Altitude

    • C.

      Summer rain

    • D.

      Cold air descending from the Pyrenees

    Correct Answer
    B. Altitude
    Explanation
    Altitude is the key factor in determining the quality of wines in the Ribera de Duero. The higher the altitude, the cooler the climate, which is favorable for wine production. Cooler temperatures slow down the ripening process of the grapes, allowing them to develop more complex flavors and aromas. Additionally, higher altitudes often have better drainage and sun exposure, which further contribute to the quality of the wines. Therefore, altitude plays a crucial role in creating the unique and high-quality wines in the Ribera de Duero region.

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