Course 63 – Test Your French Wine Knowledge


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?

    A Vigneron
    B Terroir
    C Appellation
    D Délimité
2. The Appellation d’Origin Contrôlée (AOC) designation regulates the production of which of the following:

    A Everyday French wine
    B All French wine
    C Quality 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.

    A True
    B False
4. Most AOC French wines are named according to where they are produced. What region is the exception to this rule?

    A Provence
    B Alsace
    C Champagne
    D Bordeaux
5. Which variety is not used to make Champagne, the most renowned sparkling wine in the world?

    A Pinot Noir
    B Pinot Meunier
    C Chardonnay
    D Gamay
6. All white wines in the Burgundy region are made from Chardonnay grapes. What red variety is used in this region?

    A Cabernet Sauvignon
    B Merlot
    C Pinot Noir
    D Cabernet France
7. Which one of the following is not included in the 10 growths of Beaujolais, which produces the best wines of this region?

    A Chénas
    B Chiroubles
    C Côtes de Brouilly
    D Cahors
8. While almost all Alsacian wines are produced from a single variety, there is one blend made in the region, called Edelzwicker. This means:

    A Noble wine
    B Exceptional wine
    C Great wine
    D Unpronouncable wine
9. Pouilly-Fumé and Pouilly-Fuissé have similar names, but have nothing in common. Which of the following is true?

    A Pouilly-Fumé is made from 100% Chardonnay grapes and comes from the Loire valley, while Pouilly-Fuissé is also 100% Chardonnay but comes from Burgundy.
    B Pouilly-Fumé is made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc grapes and comes from the Loire valley, while Pouilly-Fuissé is 100% Chardonnay and comes from Burgundy.
    C Pouilly-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.
    D Pouilly-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:

    A Grenache
    B Syrah
    C Pinot Noir
    D Merlot
11. The Provence region is most well-known for what type of wine?

    A Champagne
    B Rosé
    C Sauternes
    D Beaujolais
12. Of the following varieties, which is not one of the most important types of grapes used for wine-making in Bordeaux?

    A Cabernet Sauvignon
    B Merlot
    C Gamay
    D Cabernet Franc
13. One basic change was made in the famous 1855 classification for Bordeaux wines. What château did it affect?

    A Château Mouton-Rothschild
    B Château Lafite-Rothschild
    C Château Latour
    D Château 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?

    A Beaumes de Venise
    B Sauternes
    C Listrac
    D Moulis
15. The term “noble rot” refers to which of the following:

    A An unpopular king who hated wine
    B A fungus that attacks grape clusters and dehydrates them, concentrating the level of sugar in the berries.
    C A fungus that infects the most noble part of the grape cluster, creating berries that were fed to the children of French kings
    D A 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?

    A Bordeaux
    B Champagne
    C Languedoc – Roussillon
    D Loire 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?

    A Languedoc – Roussillon
    B Beaujolais
    C Loire Valley
    D Southwestern France
18. What wine-producing island off the Mediterranean coast of France is also called the “Island of Beauty”?

    A Sardinia
    B Corsica
    C Malta
    D Sicily
19. Which of the following varieties cannot be used to make the fine wines of Savoie?

    A Chasselas
    B Roussette
    C Jacquère
    D Malbec
20. Well known for its skiing, the Jura region is also renowned for this apéritif wine:

    A Vin Jaune
    B Vin de Pays
    C Vin Noble
    D Vin 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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