If you’ve been a regular reader of this column, you should be able to pass this test with ease.
All questions are worth 5 points except where specified for multi-part answers.
Answers are at the bottom of the column. No peeking.
If you score 90 or more points, you’re in the Wine Wizard class.
If you score 75 to 89 points, your drinking and learning skills are in good balance.
If you score 60 to 74 points, you’re in Wine Novice territory and will hopefully move up.
Below 50 points, you’re got to dedicate yourself to reading this column prior to drinking that second and third glass of wine.
1. Italy, France and this country account for nearly 75 percent of all wines imported into the United States. Hint: It is the home of Yellow Tail wines.
2. True or False: Red wines lose color as they age while white wines gain in color.
3. Place the famous wine-growing region in the country where it is located. (2 points for each correct answer)
A. Alsace 1. Germany
B. Marlborough 2. France
C. Napa Valley 3. United States
D. Mosel 4. Italy
E. Alto-Aldige 5. New Zealand
4. Name the five “S’s” — or steps — to follow when enjoying a glass of wine. (2 points for each correct answer)
5. What famous actor appeared in the 1970s Paul Masson TV commercial and said, “We will serve no wine before its time.”
A. John Wayne
B. Paul Newman
C. Robert Redford
D. Orson Welles
E. Marcello Mastroianni
6. The French white wine Pouilly-Fuisse is made from this grape varietal.
A. Sauvignon Blanc
E. Chenin Blanc
7. Champagne can be made from two grape varietals, one being Chardonnay. The other is:
C. Cabernet Sauvignon
E. Pinot Noir
8. Which of the following Italian wines is also a grape varietal.
9. Match the famous celebrity with the vineyard/winery that he/she owns. (5 points for each correct answer)
A. Francis Ford Coppola 1. Montagia Wines
B. Drew Bledsoe 2. Tenuta il Pelagia
C. Dave Matthews 3. Silverado Vineyards
D. Wayne Gretzky 4. Rubicon Estates
E. Olivia Newton John 5. Zinfandel Lane Vineyards
F. Nancy Pelosi 6. Koala Blue Wines
G. Diane Marie Disney 7. Double Back Winery
H. Sting 8. Ciccone Vineyards
I. Madonna 9. Blenheim Vineyards
J. Joe Montana 10. No. 99 Estate Wines
10. The process by which grape juice is made into wine is called:
B. On the lees
11. Bonus question: This natural substance comes from the skins, stems and pips of the grapes and even wooden barrels in which many are aged. In young wines it can make the wine taste bitter. (10 points)
A. Residual sugar
C. Botrytis cinera
(Answers are as follows)
3. A-2; B-5; C-3; D-1; E-4
4. See, swirl, smell, sip, savor
9. A-4; B-7; C-9; D-10; E-6; F-5; G-3; H-2; I-8; J-1