Wine Quiz 101

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Wine Quiz 101 - Quiz

Just a quick quiz testing some basic wine knowledge.


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  • 1. 

    What is the difference between red wine and white wine?

    • A.

      White wine is made from different grapes

    • B.

      Red wine is harvested later

    • C.

      When making red wine, the skins of the grapes are left in the wine during fermentation

    • D.

      The skins of red wine grapes are darker in color

    Correct Answer
    C. When making red wine, the skins of the grapes are left in the wine during fermentation
    Explanation
    Red wine and white wine differ in the way they are made. When making red wine, the skins of the grapes are left in the wine during fermentation, while in white wine production, the skins are removed. This process gives red wine its characteristic color and tannins, which are not present in white wine. The harvest time and the type of grapes used are not the primary factors that distinguish red wine from white wine.

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  • 2. 

    What is the difference between looking at a French wine and an American, in terms of how it's labeled?

    • A.

      French wine is more expensive.

    • B.

      American wine marked with alcohol content

    • C.

      American wine is more regulated in terms of what it can be called

    • D.

      French wine is labeled by where it is made

    Correct Answer
    D. French wine is labeled by where it is made
    Explanation
    French wine is labeled by where it is made, which means that the label on a bottle of French wine will indicate the specific region or area in France where the wine was produced. This is a common practice in France and is used to highlight the unique characteristics and quality associated with wines from different regions within the country. On the other hand, the other options mentioned in the question do not accurately describe the difference between looking at a French wine and an American wine in terms of labeling.

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  • 3. 

    Sangiovese is the type of grape used to make...

    • A.

      Bordeaux style wine

    • B.

      White table wine

    • C.

      Chianti style wine

    • D.

      Rose wine

    Correct Answer
    C. Chianti style wine
    Explanation
    Sangiovese is a type of grape that is commonly used in the production of Chianti style wine. Chianti is a red wine that is typically produced in the Chianti region of Tuscany, Italy. Sangiovese grapes are known for their high acidity and moderate tannins, which make them well-suited for producing this style of wine. Chianti wines are typically medium-bodied with flavors of cherries, herbs, and earthy notes. They are often enjoyed with Italian cuisine and are known for their food-friendliness.

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  • 4. 

    Which of these white wines is usually a little sweet?

    • A.

      Riesling

    • B.

      Sauvignon Blanc

    • C.

      Chardonnay

    • D.

      Pinot Grigio

    Correct Answer
    A. Riesling
    Explanation
    Riesling is usually a little sweet compared to the other white wines mentioned. This is because Riesling grapes have high acidity and can retain some residual sugar after fermentation, resulting in a slightly sweet taste. Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Pinot Grigio are generally known for their dry or less sweet profiles.

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  • 5. 

    Which of these red wines is usually (most commonly) a little spicy or peppery?

    • A.

      Cabernet Sauvignon

    • B.

      Shiraz

    • C.

      Merlot

    • D.

      Pinot Noir

    Correct Answer
    B. Shiraz
    Explanation
    Shiraz is usually a little spicy or peppery. This is because Shiraz wines are made from the Syrah grape, which naturally has a peppery characteristic. The grape's thick skin and high tannin levels contribute to the spiciness in the wine. Additionally, the climate and soil conditions in regions where Shiraz is grown, such as Australia, can also enhance these spicy flavors.

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  • 6. 

    Why is champagne bubbly?

    • A.

      The wine is aged less

    • B.

      The wine undergoes a secondary fermentation, usually yeast and sugar is added

    • C.

      The wine is aged in steel

    • D.

      The wine is shaken

    Correct Answer
    B. The wine undergoes a secondary fermentation, usually yeast and sugar is added
    Explanation
    Champagne is bubbly because it undergoes a secondary fermentation process. During this process, yeast and sugar are usually added to the wine. The yeast consumes the sugar and produces carbon dioxide as a byproduct, which gets trapped in the bottle and creates the bubbles. Aging the wine less, aging it in steel, or shaking it would not result in the same level of carbonation.

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  • 7. 

    What is the traditional way to pour wine during a wine service

    • A.

      The person who ordered the wine is first, then clockwise around the table

    • B.

      Counterclockwise

    • C.

      Ladies first, then men, finishing with whomever ordered the bottle

    • D.

      Ladies first, then men, no matter who ordered the bottle

    Correct Answer
    C. Ladies first, then men, finishing with whomever ordered the bottle
    Explanation
    The traditional way to pour wine during a wine service is to start by pouring for the ladies first, followed by the men, and finishing with the person who ordered the bottle. This practice is based on etiquette and is considered a polite and respectful way to serve wine.

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  • 8. 

    What is a stelvin?

    • A.

      A wine opener

    • B.

      A special glass for port wine

    • C.

      A type of wine cap, commonly known as a screw cap

    • D.

      An expert on wine, like a sommelier

    Correct Answer
    C. A type of wine cap, commonly known as a screw cap
    Explanation
    A stelvin is a type of wine cap that is commonly known as a screw cap. Unlike traditional cork closures, screw caps provide an airtight seal, preventing oxygen from entering the bottle and preserving the wine's freshness. Screw caps have gained popularity in the wine industry due to their convenience and ability to prevent cork taint, a common issue with traditional corks.

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  • 9. 

    Why do people smell the cork during a wine service?

    • A.

      To see if the wine has gone bad

    • B.

      To see if the wine has been aged properly

    • C.

      To get a sense of the wine

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. None of the above
    Explanation
    During a wine service, you don't need to smell the cork. You inspect the cork to see if it's wet, which means the wine has been stored properly.

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  • 10. 

    What are the grapes in a Bordeaux style wine?

    • A.

      Cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, cabernet franc

    • B.

      Merlot, carmenere, petit verdot and cabernet sauvignon

    • C.

      Merlot, malbec and pinot noir

    • D.

      Merlot, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, petit verdot, carmenere and malbec

    Correct Answer
    D. Merlot, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, petit verdot, carmenere and malbec
    Explanation
    The correct answer is merlot, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, petit verdot, carmenere, and malbec. These are the grapes typically used in a Bordeaux style wine. Bordeaux wines are known for their complex blends, often including a combination of these grape varieties. Each grape brings its own unique characteristics to the blend, resulting in a balanced and flavorful wine.

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