Basic Wine Knowledge: Trivia Facts Quiz!

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Basic Wine Knowledge: Trivia Facts Quiz!

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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