Basic Wine Knowledge: Trivia Facts Quiz!

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Basic Wine Knowledge: Trivia Facts Quiz!

Do you know your basic wine knowledge? Wine is an alcoholic drink produced with the fermented juice of grapes. Technically, any fruit is capable of being used for wine. This fruit includes apples, cranberries, plums, and other various fruits. If you are looking for your standard drinking wine, you should go with one that is made of grapes. Put your understanding of wine to the test by trying this quiz.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    How does red wine get its color?
    • A. 

      Artificial coloring

    • B. 

      Contact with grape skins during fermentation

    • C. 

      Crushing the grapes

    • D. 

      Reaction from contact with the type of yeast

  • 2. 
    White wine comes from which grapes?
    • A. 

      White grapes

    • B. 

      Red grapes

    • C. 

      Both white and red grapes

  • 3. 
    How do rose wines obtain their pink color?
    • A. 

      Contact with skins for a short period of time

    • B. 

      Blending of a finished red and white wine

    • C. 

      Addition of water to a finished red wine

    • D. 

      Both A and B

  • 4. 
    How does sparkling wine get its bubbles?
    • A. 

      Carbonation

    • B. 

      Secondary fermentation in the bottle

    • C. 

      Secondary fermentation in a sealed tank

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 5. 
    Most wines are at their best if stored in a cellar for at least 10 years.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 6. 
    How should wine be stored?
    • A. 

      In a cool, dark location

    • B. 

      In a warm, bright location to prevent mold

    • C. 

      Near vibrations (stairs, elevator) to prevent sediment build up

  • 7. 
    A wine that smells musty or of wet cardboard when opened is a sign of
    • A. 

      Oxidation

    • B. 

      A good Merlot

    • C. 

      Long growing season

    • D. 

      Cork taint

  • 8. 
    Why are wines traditionally stored on their side?
    • A. 

      Provides easy access to all wines in a rack

    • B. 

      Keeps the cork moist

    • C. 

      Result of influential cabinet makers in the 12th century

    • D. 

      Less likely to fall in case of an earthquake

  • 9. 
    What are tannins?
    • A. 

      Compounds in red wine added by grape skins, seeds, stems, and contact with oak

    • B. 

      The technical description for a "leathery" taste in wine

    • C. 

      Synthetic corks

    • D. 

      How the wine clings to the side of a glass, also referred to as "legs"

  • 10. 
    Wine aroma refers to
    • A. 

      The overall intensity of the wine

    • B. 

      Only non-fruit scents

    • C. 

      The detection of a single recognizable scent, such as blackberries or vanilla

  • 11. 
    Red wines from the Bordeaux region are
    • A. 

      Full bodied wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc

    • B. 

      Full bodied wines made from Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre

    • C. 

      Medium bodied wines made from Pinot Noir

    • D. 

      Medium bodied wines made from Sangiovese

    • E. 

      Medium bodied wines made from Tempranillo

  • 12. 
    • A. 

      Full bodied wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc

    • B. 

      Full bodied wines made from Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre

    • C. 

      Medium bodied wines made from Pinot Noir

    • D. 

      Medium bodied wines made from Sangiovese

    • E. 

      Medium bodied wines made from Tempranillo

  • 13. 
    Red wines from the Cotes du Rhone region are
    • A. 

      Full bodied wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc

    • B. 

      Full bodied wines made from Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre

    • C. 

      Medium bodied wines made from Pinot Noir

    • D. 

      Medium bodied wines made from Sangiovese

    • E. 

      Medium bodied wines made from Tempranillo

  • 14. 
    Red wines from the Chianti region are
    • A. 

      Full bodied wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc

    • B. 

      Full bodied wines made from Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre

    • C. 

      Medium bodied wines made from Pinot Noir

    • D. 

      Medium bodied wines made from Sangiovese

    • E. 

      Medium bodied wines made from Tempranillo

  • 15. 
    Red wines from the Rioja region are
    • A. 

      Full bodied wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc

    • B. 

      Full bodied wines made from Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre

    • C. 

      Medium bodied wines made from Pinot Noir

    • D. 

      Medium bodied wines made from Sangiovese

    • E. 

      Medium bodied wines made from Tempranillo

  • 16. 
    As a general rule, red wines in order of lightest to darkest are:
    • A. 

      Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir

    • B. 

      Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

    • C. 

      Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon

    • D. 

      Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 17. 
    Which red wine is usually served slightly chilled?
    • A. 

      Cabernet Sauvignon

    • B. 

      Malbec

    • C. 

      Beaujolais-Nouveau

    • D. 

      Shiraz

  • 18. 
    Syrah and Shiraz are the same grape varietal.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 19. 
    Why is red wine typically paired with heavier meats such as beef?
    • A. 

      The tannins help to break apart the meat while chewing

    • B. 

      A white wine would be overpowered by the strong flavors of the meat

    • C. 

      A red wine can balance well with the pronounced flavors of the meat

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 20. 
    What color of wine would you pair with a pasta dish?
    • A. 

      A full bodied red

    • B. 

      A crisp, high acid white

    • C. 

      It depends on the sauce

    • D. 

      A heavily oaked Chardonnay

  • 21. 
    Which white wine is typically light in body, lower in alcohol, and frequently off-dry (slightly sweet)?
    • A. 

      Chardonnay

    • B. 

      Sauvignon Blanc

    • C. 

      Riesling

  • 22. 
    Which white wine is typically medium in body, high in acidity, and rarely aged in oak?
    • A. 

      Chardonnay

    • B. 

      Sauvignon Blanc

    • C. 

      Riesling

  • 23. 
     Which white wine is typically full in body, frequently oaked, and known for a rich, buttery flavor?
    • A. 

      Chardonnay

    • B. 

      Sauvignon Blanc

    • C. 

      Riesling