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This Wine Quiz Will Separate The Drinkers From The Sommeliers — Which One Are You?

Alright kids, class is in session. Pour the wine!

  1. What is this essential tool called?

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  2. You're at a restaurant and your waiter pours a small amount of wine to taste. What's the purpose?

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    To make sure the wine is not spoiled.

    The sole purpose of this is to make sure that the wine is not defective or counterfeit.

  3. What does a "vertical tasting" involve?

  4. Why should you drink dry wines before sweet wines?

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  5. How long does it take for a grapevine to produce grapes to start wine production?

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  6. Why are red wines usually aged in oak barrels?

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    According to Naples Daily News, oak barrels contain tannins, which contribute to the wine's flavor and keep the wine from spoiling. As the wine ages, it becomes more enjoyable to drink as a result of the tannins mellowing and losing their astringency.

  7. What does "appellation" refer to in France?

  8. By law, the word "Reserve" may only be placed on which US made wines?

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    Currently in the US, the term "Reserve" has no legal significance. According to Vinepair, "The word 'reserve' on a bottle of wine has become one of the shadiest terms one can use when it comes to marketing wine. That’s because the word’s use has no regulation – except in Italy and Spain – and has different meanings depending on the winery and the region. Basically, reserve means whatever the marketer wants you to think it means."

  9. If a wine is described as "hot," what does it most likely mean?

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  10. Why do sommeliers sometimes serve wine with their thumb in the indent (punt) in the bottom of a wine bottle?

  11. How many basic tastes can the tongue perceive?

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    Yep, four basic tastes!

    Sour, salty, sweet, and bitter.

  12. Glasses for red wine are usually deeper and wider than white wineglasses. Why?

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  13. At least how many grapes are needed to make a wine?

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    Generally speaking, every single bottle of wine is made up of 600-800 individual grapes.