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Wine Quiz

Answers are at the bottom of the quiz.

1.  What is the newest American Viticultural Area in the United States?

A. Calistoga (California)
B. Upper Mississippi River Valley (Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin,Illinois)
C. Happy Canyon Santa Barbara (California)
D. Lake Chelan (Washington)


2.  What was the first official AVA in the United States designated in 1980?

A. Napa Valley (California)
B. Carneros (California)
C. Augusta (Missouri)
D. Finger Lakes (New York)


3.  How many AVA are there in the United States?

A. 76
B. 322
C. 198
D. 168


4.  What does the official term AVA mean when applied to American Wine?

A. American Varietal Approval
B. American Viticultural Approval
C. American Viticultural Area
D. American Viticultural Appellation


5.  Of the eight “international” varieties in widespread commercial production, which is not indigenous to France?

A. Chardonnay
B. Merlot
C. Pinot Gris
D. Riesling


6.  Which of these is NOT a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc?

A. Mount Fishtail
B. Red Kangaroo
C. Cat’s Phee on a Gooseberry Bush
D. Dog Point


1.  Wine Quiz Answer: A. Calistoga (California)
Calistoga is the latest American Viticultural Area designated by the TTB as of 1/7/2010.Lake Chelan, Upper Mississippi River Valley and Happy Canyon Santa Barbara are all official AVA that were approved by the TTB in 2009

2.  Wine Quiz Answer: C. Augusta (Missouri)
The first AVA awarded by the TTB was Augusta located in the State of Missouri in 1980.

3.  Wine Quiz Answer: C. 198
According to the TTB as of 1/7/10 there we 198 official AVAs.

4.  Wine Quiz Answer: C. American Viticultural Area
It stands for American Viticultural Area which is a geographical description of the area of origin of the grapes used to produce a particular wine awarded by the U.S.Government department of Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. TTB

5.  Wine Quiz Answer: D. Riesling
Although Riesling is indigenous to Germany, Alsace has long held a fine reputation for crafting dry wines made from this stellar variety.

6.  Wine Quiz Answer: B. Red Kangaroo
In a world of critter wines–wines with pictures of kangaroos, fish, dogs, lizards and the like, all the above are real Sauvignon Blancs except Red Kangaroo. Cat’s Phee on a Gooseberry Bush is a real bottle of NZ Sauv Blanc.

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