Quiz: Only a Sommelier Would Know the Meaning of These Wine Terms. Do You?

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Are you a budding wine expert? Do you think you know everything about vino? If so, take this quiz to show just how much you know about wine!

 Jan 11, 2021

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What does the body of a wine signify?
The smell
The weight of it in your mouth
The richness of color

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From what wine making region do Burgundy wines hail?
Spain
France
California

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What does legs describe in terms of wine?
How wine sticks to the inside of a wineglass after drinking or swirling
A wine's bold flavor
Grape stems

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What does must mean in terms of winemaking?
Leftover pieces of grapes after they've been juiced
Sediment left in the barrel by fermenting wines
Crushed grapes about to go or going through fermentation

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What does pruning mean?
Removing grape leaves and skins from grapes before juicing
Trimming back plants from the previous harvest
Grafting hybrids of grapes together for different wine varieties

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What is a wine that is musty described as?
Rancid
Corked
Rotten

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What's another word for blush?
Brut
Rosé
Malbec

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What is the main characteristic of a pétillant wine?
It's red
It's sparkling
It's cheap

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What are you adding to wine in the chaptalization process?
Color
Sugar
Flavor

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What type of wine does Claret describe?
Red Bordeaux
Chianti
Shiraz

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What does terroir describe?
Grapes grown in Napa, California
Factors that influence the ultimate character of a wine
A type of wine

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What does vintage describe?
Grapes grown and harvested in a single specified year
An old wine that's never been opened
The year a wine was bottled

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What is viticulture?
The science and business of growing wine grapes
The science of fermenting wines
The culture of drinking alcohol

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What does it mean to rack wine?
Wine is placed into bottles
Wine is placed on store shelves
It's siphoned it from one container to the next

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What is a Reserve wine?
Wine reserved for highest paying buyer
Wine from a specific region in Italy
Higher quality wine

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What does a wine's silky characteristic describe?
Smoothness
Fruity flavor
Darkness

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What does a wine's bouquet describe?
How it smells overall
A hint of flowers
A fruity aftertaste

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What does brix measure?
The number of grapes used to make a wine
The level of sugar in unfermented grapes
How many barrels of wine will be made after a harvest
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