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The 10 Spot - Wine Trivia

Sep 06, 2011 10:31AM ● By Style

Whether it’s a sip of Champagne to celebrate, or a glass of Chardonnay after a long day, wine is definitely a popular part of today’s culture.

With wine’s health benefits constantly emerging and weekend trips to the wine country becoming even more popular, the grape has never been so great! This month, test your inner sommelier with Style’s corky questions about the wonderful world of wine.

  1. Why is Pinot Noir considered a finicky grape?

  2. If the wine label lists a vineyard, what percentage of grapes must be harvested from there?

  3. What is the most popular grape planted in the world?

  4. What is the difference between sparkling wine and Champagne?

  5. How many grapevines cover one acre?

  6. How many gallons of wine can be produced from one acre?

  7. What are the principal wine grapes grown in the Champagne region in France?

  8. What does it mean to say a Champagne or sparkling wine is brut, versus sec or demi-sec?

  9. What grape is known as the spätburgunder?

  10. What is a bodega?


Answers on the next page...


1. Pinot Noir is especially difficult to grow since it is sensitive to soil types, weather, moisture, the sun, bruises easily, and oftentimes requires to be hand harvested. It also has a thick skin that makes it rather difficult for winemakers to work with.

2. At least 95 percent, according to U.S. wine laws.

3. A white grape originating from Spain named Airen.

4. Only the grapes of sparkling wines grown in Champagne, France, can be called Champagne.

5. Approximately 400.

6. Approximately 800 gallons.

7. Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.

8. Brut means that it is dry, sec means it is semisweet, and demi-sec means it is sweet.

9. Pinot Noir.

10. A Spanish term for a winery.