The Ultimate Quiz On Wine! Trivia Facts

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  • 1. 

    In 1978, Walter Schug was the winemaker at what winery?

    • A.

      Chateau Montelena

    • B.

      Beringer

    • C.

      Joseph Phelps

    • D.

      Matanzas Creek

    Correct Answer
    C. Joseph Phelps
    Explanation
    Walter Schug was the winemaker at Joseph Phelps winery in 1978.

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  • 2. 

    Carbonic Maceration is the primary way to produce wine?

    • A.

      Champagne

    • B.

      Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

    • C.

      Beaujolais Nouveau

    • D.

      Amarone

    Correct Answer
    C. Beaujolais Nouveau
    Explanation
    Beaujolais Nouveau is a type of wine that is known for being produced using the carbonic maceration method. Carbonic maceration is a winemaking technique in which whole grapes are fermented in a carbon dioxide-rich environment before being crushed. This process results in a fruity and light-bodied wine, which is characteristic of Beaujolais Nouveau. Champagne, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, and Amarone are not typically produced using carbonic maceration, making Beaujolais Nouveau the correct answer.

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  • 3. 

    Which California Cabernet Sauvignon received a 100 rating from James Laube and the Wine Spectator?

    • A.

      1941 Inglenook, Napa Valley

    • B.

      1997 Beringer Private Reserve

    • C.

      1982 Sterling Reserve

    • D.

      1985 Heitz Martha's Vineyard

    Correct Answer
    A. 1941 Inglenook, Napa Valley
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 1941 Inglenook, Napa Valley. This wine received a 100 rating from James Laube and the Wine Spectator.

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  • 4. 

    What is the largest bottle of champagne called?

    • A.

      Pontiff

    • B.

      Nebuchadnezzar

    • C.

      Largesse

    • D.

      Magnum

    Correct Answer
    B. Nebuchadnezzar
    Explanation
    Nebuchadnezzar is the correct answer because it is the name of the largest bottle of champagne. It is equivalent to 20 standard bottles, which is equal to 15 liters or 20 quarts. The name Nebuchadnezzar is derived from the Babylonian king of the same name, known for his extravagant lifestyle and love for grandeur.

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  • 5. 

    Which beverage is fermented twice?

    • A.

      Champagne

    • B.

      Mead

    • C.

      Beer

    • D.

      Vodka

    Correct Answer
    A. Champagne
    Explanation
    Champagne is the correct answer because it undergoes two rounds of fermentation. The first fermentation occurs in tanks or barrels, where yeast is added to convert sugar into alcohol, creating a still wine. The second fermentation takes place in the bottle, where a mixture of sugar and yeast is added to create carbonation through the production of carbon dioxide. This second fermentation gives Champagne its characteristic bubbles. Mead, beer, and vodka do not typically undergo a second fermentation process.

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  • 6. 

    What is a white wine blended from two different kinds of grapes called?

    • A.

      Zinfandel

    • B.

      Edelzwicker

    • C.

      Bock

    • D.

      Spritzer

    Correct Answer
    B. Edelzwicker
    Explanation
    Edelzwicker is a white wine blended from two different kinds of grapes. It is a term used in the Alsace region of France to describe a blend of different grape varieties. This blend can include grapes such as Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Blanc, and Sylvaner, among others. Edelzwicker wines are known for their complexity and balance, as the different grape varieties contribute their unique flavors and characteristics to the final blend.

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  • 7. 

    What beverage did Galileo call "lightly held together by water"?

    • A.

      Mead

    • B.

      Gin

    • C.

      Wine

    • D.

      Beer

    Correct Answer
    C. Wine
    Explanation
    Galileo referred to wine as "lightly held together by water" because wine is made by fermenting grapes, which are primarily composed of water. During the fermentation process, the natural sugars in the grapes are converted into alcohol, giving wine its characteristic flavor and texture. The water in wine acts as a solvent, helping to extract the flavors and aromas from the grapes. Galileo's description highlights the delicate balance between the water and alcohol content in wine, emphasizing its unique composition.

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  • 8. 

    Which Italian region is the source of Marsala wine?

    • A.

      Vatican City

    • B.

      Sicily

    • C.

      Tuscany

    • D.

      Rome

    Correct Answer
    B. Sicily
    Explanation
    Marsala wine is produced in the region of Sicily, Italy. Sicily is known for its unique climate and soil conditions that are ideal for growing the grapes used in the production of Marsala wine. The wine is named after the city of Marsala, located on the western coast of Sicily, where it was first produced in the late 18th century. The region's warm temperatures and sea breezes contribute to the distinct flavors and characteristics of Marsala wine.

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  • 9. 

    In 1865, what did Mariani wine contain?

    • A.

      Morphine

    • B.

      Chocolate

    • C.

      Cocaine

    • D.

      Hashish

    Correct Answer
    C. Cocaine
    Explanation
    In 1865, Mariani wine contained cocaine. This was a popular beverage created by Angelo Mariani, a French chemist. The wine was infused with coca leaves, which contain cocaine alkaloids. Mariani believed that this combination had medicinal properties and marketed it as a tonic, claiming it provided various health benefits. The wine gained popularity and was even endorsed by prominent figures of the time, including Thomas Edison and Queen Victoria. However, the use of cocaine in products eventually declined due to its addictive and harmful effects.

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  • 10. 

    In which Australian wine region is the winery "Poets Corner" located?

    • A.

      Barossa Valley

    • B.

      Mudgee

    • C.

      Margaret River

    • D.

      Rutherglen

    Correct Answer
    B. Mudgee
    Explanation
    Poets Corner winery is located in the Mudgee wine region of Australia. Mudgee is known for its cool climate and diverse range of grape varieties, producing high-quality wines. The region's unique terroir and favorable growing conditions contribute to the production of exceptional wines, making Mudgee a popular destination for wine enthusiasts.

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  • 11. 

    Wine will spoil if exposed to which of these?

    • A.

      Light

    • B.

      Cold

    • C.

      Metal

    • D.

      Glass

    Correct Answer
    A. Light
    Explanation
    Exposure to light can cause wine to spoil because it can initiate chemical reactions that alter the taste, aroma, and color of the wine. Ultraviolet (UV) light, in particular, can break down organic compounds in the wine, leading to the development of off-flavors and a loss of freshness. Additionally, light can also accelerate the oxidation process in wine, causing it to lose its vibrant characteristics and become flat. Therefore, it is important to store wine in a dark environment or in tinted bottles to protect it from light exposure.

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  • 12. 

    Who is the second largest producer of wine in the world?

    • A.

      United States

    • B.

      Germany

    • C.

      France

    • D.

      Italy

    Correct Answer
    C. France
    Explanation
    France is the second largest producer of wine in the world. This is because France has a long history and tradition of winemaking, with many famous wine regions such as Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Champagne. The country's climate, soil, and grape varieties are well-suited for wine production, resulting in a wide variety of high-quality wines. France is also known for its strict regulations and classifications for wine, ensuring that the wines produced meet certain standards of quality and authenticity. As a result, France has a strong reputation as a producer of fine wines and is highly regarded in the global wine industry.

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  • 13. 

    Which of the following Italian grape varietals is used to produce a red wine?

    • A.

      Barbera

    • B.

      Pinot Grigio

    • C.

      Arneis

    • D.

      Moscato

    Correct Answer
    A. Barbera
    Explanation
    Barbera is the correct answer because it is an Italian grape varietal that is commonly used to produce red wine. It is known for its deep color, high acidity, and fruity flavors, making it a popular choice for red wine production in Italy. Pinot Grigio, Arneis, and Moscato, on the other hand, are grape varietals that are typically used to produce white wines.

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  • 14. 

    In what Def Leppard song do they say "I tasted mud and I tasted wine"?

    • A.

      Demolition Man

    • B.

      Turn To Dust

    • C.

      Long, Long Way To Go

    • D.

      Scar

    Correct Answer
    A. Demolition Man
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Demolition Man." In this song, Def Leppard includes the lyrics "I tasted mud and I tasted wine," which implies a sense of experiencing both the difficulties and pleasures of life. This line showcases the band's ability to create vivid and relatable imagery through their lyrics.

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  • 15. 

    Cooking wines almost always contain a high quantity of what mineral?

    • A.

      Zinc

    • B.

      Salt

    • C.

      Iron

    • D.

      Magnesium

    Correct Answer
    B. Salt
    Explanation
    Cooking wines almost always contain a high quantity of salt. This is because salt is added to cooking wines as a preservative and flavor enhancer. Salt helps to inhibit the growth of bacteria and other microorganisms in the wine, extending its shelf life. Additionally, salt can enhance the flavors of the dish being cooked with the wine, making it a popular ingredient in many recipes.

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