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Wine Knowledge

1) Where is Willamette Valley?

Willamette Valley is located in the north west United States, Namely, Oregon.

2) What is Argentina’s national black grape Varietal?

Argentina’s national black grape varietal is Malbec!

3) What is the definition of Meritage?

Meritage or “Summation ” is a brand for red and white Bordeaux-style wines without infringing on the Bordeaux (France) regions legally protected designation of origin. Wine makers must license the Meritage trademark from its owner, the California a based Meritage Alliance. Member wineries are found principally in the United States though increasingly else where (Wikipedia).

4) What is Chile’s national grape varietal?

5) Name three American Viticultural Areas in California?

Mendocino, Santa Maria, Arroyo Seco and Temecula!

6) Name a Famous Vineyard from Tijuana, Mexico?

Chateau Camou!

7) Where is Chablis and what grape is used to make the wine and why?

Chablis is a town in Burgundy, France. The grape used to make Chablis is Chardonnay! The reason they have to use Chardonnay is because of the strict laws of the D.O.C. enacted in 1855 which stated any wine from Burgundy must contain only the Noble Grape Varietals, namely, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir or Pinot Muenier!

8) Which varietal is in Sancere? Sauvignon Blanc!

9) Where is Sancere?

Sancere is a town in the Loire River Valley which stretches from Paris West to the Atlantic Ocean!

10) Which varietal is uses in Pouilly Fuisse?


11) Which Varietal is in Pouilly Fume?

Sauvignon Blanc!

12) What is the D.O.C.G and what does it stand for?

D.O.C.G means Denominacion Origen Controlato Garantizata. It is an Italian Government body which regulates and enforces Wine production in Italy.

13). Where does Zinfandel originate?

Zinfandel originates in Italy under Primativo!

14). What is the difference between red Zinfandel and white Zinfandel?

Both are from the black grape varietal Zinfandel, the red is exposed to the skins giving it the red color and the blush is not exposed to the tannins in the skin and stems and the fermentation is halted leaving a lower alcohol content but an elevated brix!

15). What is the difference between Syrah and Shiraz?

Nothing except in the New Worlds it Shiraz and in the Old World it is Syrah. Its origin is from the Rhone region of France and before that the Middle East.

16) Name three countries that produce Riesling?

USA, Germany, Australia and Aulese France!

18) Name an Ice Wine and what is the definition of one?

Selak, is a process of late harvest during the first freeze.

19) What is Dolce? It is a late harvest desert wine. Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.

20) What is Rioja?

A famous Wine producing region in Spain, best known by Tempranillo Grape.

21) Chianti?


22). Supertuscan?

Sangiovese and some Bordeaux varietals

23) Why decant?

Too young or old!

24) Where is the Loire River Valley. Why is it famous?

The Loire River Valley is in France and it stretches from Paris West all the way to The Atlantic Ocean. The reason it is famous is because of several towns, namely, Sancerre, Pouilly Fume just to name a few World Famous Wine producing regions. These two in particular are known for their 100% Sauvignon Blanc wine. However, there are wonderful 100% Cabernet Franc wines that come from this region as well!

25) How are Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc associated together? Why?

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