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1.   What are the 3 official grape varieties allowed in the production of Champagne in the Champagne region of France?

A. Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier
B. Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir
C. Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Gris
D. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc


2.   Which is a teinturier?

A. Cabernet Sauvignon
B. Dunklefelder
C. Chenin Blanc
D. Merlot
E. Zinfandel


3.   What is the newest AVA to be approved in the Napa Valley?

A. Rock Pile
B. Calistoga
C. Napa River
D. Yountville
E. Stags Leap


4.   What are the most recent approved DOCG wines in Italy

A. Amarone della Valpolicella and Valpolicella Classico
B. Valpolicella Classico and Soave
C. Amarone della Valpolicella and Recioto della Vapolicella
D. Valpolicella Classico and Valpolicella Ripasso
E. Amarone della Valpolicella and Bardolino


5.   According to French AOC law, what is the minimum amount of time a Champagne must be aged after January 1st following the declared vintage to be classified at a ‚ÄúVintage Champagne"?

A. 12 months
B. 24 months
C. 36 months
D. 48 months
E. 60 months


1.   Wine Quiz Answer: A. Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier
According to the A.O.C. law in the Champagne region, only 3 grape varieties are allowed to be in Champagne, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.

2.   Wine Quiz Answer: B. Dunklefelder
The word Teinturier indicates a grape whose juice is red colored. Chenin Blanc is a white wine variety, Merlot, Cab Sauv and Zweigelt are all red wines that have clear juice — the color in the wine is due to skin contact in the fermentation process. As an example "white zin" wines are made with the clear juice of the zinfandel grape with little or no skin contact to derive color. Dunklefelder is a cool climate German winegrape whose flesh and juice are red colored, it is a teinturier.

3.   Wine Quiz Answer: B. Calistoga
The US TTB approved this new AVA on 12/4/9. The application had been submitted in 2004. There was much discussion as there are two wineries using the name currently and yet they do not meet the minimum 75% grapes from the AVA to use the name. They must make that change within three years or discontinue using Calistoga in their winery name.

4.   Wine Quiz Answer: C. Amarone della Valpolicella and Recioto della Vapolicella
Italy’s Agriculture Minister has announced this elevation on Dec. 4, 2009 and the DOCG may be used commencing with the 2008 vintage.

5.   Wine Quiz Answer: C. 36 months
According to AOC law Champagne must age for 36 month after January 1st following the harvest to be classified as a vintage Champagne.

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