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Wine Quiz

*Answers are at the bottom of this post.

 

1.  True or False: Water is added during winemaking only in warmer grape growing climates, to help reduce the overall alcohol content of the finished wine?

  • A. True
  • B. False

 

 

2.  Where does Gewurztraminer rank in acres planted in Alsace?

  • A. 1st
  • B. 2nd
  • C. 3rd
  • D. 4th
  • E. 5th

 

3.  True or False: Germany is the second largest market for sparkling wine in the world?

  • A. True
  • B. False

 

4.  As instituted in the German wine law of 1971, how many stages are included in the official quality control testing for German wine before it can be sold on the market?

  • A. Two
  • B. Three
  • C. Four
  • D. Five

 

5.  True or False: French explorers made wine from native grape varieties when exploring the Great Lakes in Michigan?

  • A. True
  • B. False

 

6.  The influential and popular Japanese Manga "The Drops of God" is heavy on the French vino, but one U.S. wine has made the ranks as one of the "Apostles" wines sought after by the comic’s protagonists. Which producer made that wine?

  • A. Sine Qua Non
  • B. Opus One
  • C. Scarecrow
  • D. Silver Oak

 

 

 

1.  Wine Quiz Answer: B. False
According to California-based winemaker and consultant Clark Smith, cooler grape growing areas in which excessive grape acidity develops use "amelioration" water (up to thirty-five percent) during winemaking to help dilute the acids.

 

2.  Wine Quiz Answer: C. 3rd
With 7,300 acres planted, Gewurztraminer is third in Alsace grape plantings behind only Pinot Blanc (8,200 acres) and Riesling (8,300 acres).

 

3.  Wine Quiz Answer: B. False
The German wine consumer is seriously devoted to bubbly: the country is the single largest market for sparkling wine, consuming almost one quarter of all bottles of bubbly made worldwide.

 

4.  Wine Quiz Answer: B. Three
There are three stages of testing for ensuring minimum quality standards are met for German wine: examination of harvest details, an analytical examination, and a sensory examination. Once all three are passed, the wine receives an official quality control test number, or A.P.Nr.

 

5.  Wine Quiz Answer: A. True
According to the Michigan Grape & Wine Industry Council, in the late 1600s Louis Hennepin wrote of wild grapevines from which were made “great quantities of wine” during the inaugural voyage of Rene Robert Cavelier’s ship The Griffon. These French explorers sailed into what they called the “Upper Great Lakes” from Lake Erie, where they found wild grapevines growing along what is now known as the Detroit River.

 

6.  Wine Quiz Answer: A. Sine Qua Non
The 2003 Sine Qua Non The Inaugural (Eleven Confessions) Syrah is the U.S. wine that made the cut and got a prestigious mention in "Drops of God," appearing as the "Seventh Apostle" in the comic.

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