Question 1: The famous French wine, Chablis, is made from which variety of grape?

a. Chenin Blanc
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b. Chardonnay
Correct! Chardonnay. These grapes, grown in the cool, northernmost region of Burgundy, produce wines that are less fruity than the chardonnay which grows in warmer climes, and they have a characteristic ‘steely’ or ‘flinty’ note.
c. Pinot Noir
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Question 2: A ‘vertical tasting’ means:

a. Wines from the same wine-makers/vineyards but from different years.
Correct! It can be tricky trying to discern the differences in wines made by the same wine-maker from one year to the next as they can be extremely subtle.
b. Wines from different wine-makers/vineyards, but made in the same year.
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c. Sampling wines in an upright position (i.e. before you’ve tasted 46 bottles, in which case this becomes difficult).
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Question 3: 'Bottle stink' refers to:

a. The mouldy smell some bottles develop when left in the cellar for long periods of time.
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b. The exhorbitant price some restaurants charge for mediocre wine, which sends your bill through the roof.
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c. The unpleasant smell some wines give off when the cork is first removed.
Correct! While this stale odour is unpleasant, it dissipates very quickly (don’t be put off, it usually means you’re about to drink a good wine).


Question 4: When waiters pour a small glass of wine for you to taste, the purpose is:

a. For you to figure out whether it’s the wine you thought it was. (The one you drank the summer you met that Frenchman, sigh.)
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b. To taste whether or not it’s defective.
Correct! If the wine is corked the restaurant will bring you another bottle. If not, once it’s opened it’s pretty much yours, whether you like it or not. (If you don’t, wait until your dinner arrives and try again. Some wines taste better with food.)
c. For you to decide whether or not you like it, and if you don’t s/he’ll have to bring you something else.
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Question 5: When a wine is described as ‘hot’, it means:

a. It contains too much alcohol.
Correct! a. When wines leave a burny sensation in the mouth and throat on swallowing it means they contain too much alcohol, which is considered a negative trait.
b. It’s served at a temperature warmer than room temperature.
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c. It has dominant pepper flavours.
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Question 6: What should you do if a guest brings you a bottle of wine?

a. Unless your guest stipulates otherwise, put it away. It was a gift to you, the host.
Correct! a. When wines leave a burny sensation in the mouth and throat on swallowing it means they contain too much alcohol, which is considered a negative trait.
b. Open it immediately and take a long, appreciative swig from the bottle.
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c. Open it and serve it.
Correct! Wine is about sharing the fun and enjoyment. If you already have a wine you’re planning on serving, serve both. It’s fun tasting the difference, and (unless they brought plonk, which they shouldn’t have, and it serves them right) your guest will be pleased.