The Rhone Appellation Wine Quiz

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The wines and terroir of the northern and southern Rhone wine regions.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Syrah is the only red grape permitted to grow In the northern Rhone, but is sometimes blended (up to 20%) with viognier from northern Rhone?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 2. 
    The best northern Rhone vineyards cling to narrow rocky terraces on steep slopes over the river?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 3. 
    The Rhone River flows from the Swiss Alps to an outlet on the Mediterranean at Marseille?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 4. 
    The well-priced Cote-du-Rhone wines usually come from the larger southern Rhone vineyards?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 5. 
    Before the rise of Rhone wines in the 1980s the style was considered ‘blue collar’, but that’s misleading since Rhone grapes were commonly blended with the Burgundy and Bordeaux wines? 
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 6. 
    The most famous northern Rhone reds are Cote Rotie and Hermitage?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 7. 
    The most famous southern Rhone wine is the red or white (but not rose) Chateauneuf-du-Pape?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 8. 
    Syrah is the exclusive red grape in the northern Rhone vineyards?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 9. 
    The most abundant southern Rhone grapes are viognier, marsanne and rousanne?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 10. 
    Bordeaux is thirty-four times larger than the Chateauneuf-du-Pape appellation?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 11. 
    Grenache is the dominant red grape in most Southern Rhône wines, especially in Châteauneuf-du-Pape where it is typically over 80% of the blend?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 12. 
    Rose wines are not allowed to be made under the Chateauneuf-du-Pape appellation label?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 13. 
    The most dramatic syrahs come from the northern Rhone Valley (Cote Rotie and the Hermitage)?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 14. 
    A 5% Viognier blend is common in northern Rhone syrahs?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 15. 
    Steep vineyards with direct sunlight allow the northern Rhone grapes to bathe in sunlight (for ripeness) then cool in the altitude breezes preserving acidity and finesse?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 16. 
    To thrive for the purposes of winemaking, Syrah grapes need the warmth of day and the coolness of night on the steep slope of Cote Rotie and the Hermitage in the northern Rhone region?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 17. 
    No white wine is made in Cote Rotie?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 18. 
    Cote Rotie means roasted hillside?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 19. 
    Northern Rhones get their spicy briary aromas from the stems of grapes?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 20. 
    Le Mistral is an icy northern wind that can quickly cool vines in the Rhone?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 21. 
    The northern Rhone is the source of the rarest and most expensive reds and whites in the Rhone Valley?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 22. 
    The southern Rhone grows several whites (Viognier and other) while in the north Syrah is the only red grape permitted to grow there?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 23. 
    Marsanne and Rosanne are the two whites in addition to Viognier that grow abundantly in the southern Rhone and less abundantly in the northern Rhone?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 24. 
    Northern Rhone Syrahs are know for gamy, meaty animal flavors?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 25. 
    These are five appellations in the northern Rhone: Condrieu, Chateau-Grillet, St Joseph, Hermitage and Crozes-Hermitage
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

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