Here are twenty questions concerning wines produced in France. Information about French wines can be found on our web site under the education tab and the 60 second wine courses.
Bring your completed questionaire to Wine Down Wednesday at ASSAGGI this Wednesday and receive a prize!  Hope to see you then.
Answers will be emailed out Wednesday morning.
1. French wine growers attribute the differences in their wines to the characteristics and nuances of the location of their vineyards. What is the French term for this specific ecosystem and its nuances?

    AVigneron
    BTerroir
    CAppellation
    DDélimité
2. The Appellation d’Origin Contrôlée (AOC) designation regulates the production of which of the following:

    AEveryday French wine
    BAll French wine
    CQuality French wines
3. True or False: Generally, the labels on AOC wines highlight the name of the producer, while non-AOC wines highlight the name of the variety.

    ATrue
    BFalse
4. Most AOC French wines are named according to where they are produced. What region is the exception to this rule?

    AProvence
    BAlsace
    CChampagne
    DBordeaux
5. Which variety is not used to make Champagne, the most renowned sparkling wine in the world?

    APinot Noir
    BPinot Meunier
    CChardonnay
    DGamay
6. All white wines in the Burgundy region are made from Chardonnay grapes. What red variety is used in this region?

    ACabernet Sauvignon
    BMerlot
    CPinot Noir
    DCabernet France
7. Which one of the following is not included in the 10 growths of Beaujolais, which produces the best wines of this region?

    AChénas
    BChiroubles
    CCôtes de Brouilly
    DCahors
8. While almost all Alsacian wines are produced from a single variety, there is one blend made in the region, called Edelzwicker. This means:

    ANoble wine
    BExceptional wine
    CGreat wine
    DUnpronouncable wine
9. Pouilly-Fumé and Pouilly-Fuissé have similar names, but have nothing in common. Which of the following is true?

    APouilly-Fumé is made from 100% Chardonnay grapes and comes from the Loire valley, while Pouilly-Fuissé is also 100% Chardonnay but comes from Burgundy.
    BPouilly-Fumé is made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc grapes and comes from the Loire valley, while Pouilly-Fuissé is 100% Chardonnay and comes from Burgundy.
    CPouilly-Fumé is made from 100% Sauvignon blanc grapes and comes from the Loire valley, while Pouilly-Fuissé is also 100%Sauvignon Blanc but comes from Burgundy.
    DPouilly-Fumé is made from 100% Syrah graps and comes from the Loire valley, while Pouilly-Fuissé is 100% Grenache and comes from Burgundy.
10. Côte Rôtie and Hermitage, both northern Rhone valley growths, are created using the same single variety:

    AGrenache
    BSyrah
    CPinot Noir
    DMerlot
11. The Provence region is most well-known for what type of wine?

    AChampagne
    BRosé
    CSauternes
    DBeaujolais
12. Of the following varieties, which is not one of the most important types of grapes used for wine-making in Bordeaux?

    ACabernet Sauvignon
    BMerlot
    CGamay
    DCabernet Franc
13. One basic change was made in the famous 1855 classification for Bordeaux wines. What château did it affect?

    AChâteau Mouton-Rothschild
    BChâteau Lafite-Rothschild
    CChâteau Latour
    DChâteau Margaux
14. The most well-known and prestigious wine in the Bordeaux region is a sweet white wine with a golden robe and intense bouquet. In what area is it produced?

    ABeaumes de Venise
    BSauternes
    CListrac
    DMoulis
15. The term “noble rot” refers to which of the following:

    AAn unpopular king who hated wine
    BA fungus that attacks grape clusters and dehydrates them, concentrating the level of sugar in the berries.
    CA fungus that infects the most noble part of the grape cluster, creating berries that were fed to the children of French kings
    DA wine that historically caused decay in the teeth of the nobles that drank it.
16. What wine-producing region of France is twice the size of California’s wine country?

    ABordeaux
    BChampagne
    CLanguedoc – Roussillon
    DLoire Valley
17. Madiran, a spicy, highly-aromatic red wine, is produced from the Tannat, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc varieties. In what region is it produced?

    ALanguedoc – Roussillon
    BBeaujolais
    CLoire Valley
    DSouthwestern France
18. What wine-producing island off the Mediterranean coast of France is also called the “Island of Beauty”?

    ASardinia
    BCorsica
    CMalta
    DSicily
19. Which of the following varieties cannot be used to make the fine wines of Savoie?

    AChasselas
    BRoussette
    CJacquère
    DMalbec
20. Well known for its skiing, the Jura region is also renowned for this apéritif wine:

    AVin Jaune
    BVin de Pays
    CVin Noble
    DVin de Table
    Join us on Wednesday April 29, 2009 and put your  connaissance de vins francais to the test at ASSAGGI Restaurant in Ferndale as we sample 40 of the latest French wines.  Click here to purcase tickets and to see the wine list.

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