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Updated November 18, 2018

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Identify the dominant grape varieties used to make port

explain the process of making ruby and tawny port and what makes them different

explain the different styles of ruby and tawny port

Identify climate of the Douro Valley

Sparkling Wine

write the process of the traditional method and explain each step

know the different terms used for the traditional method and what country uses which term

identify and explain alternative methods for making sparkling wine

know the climate and soil of Champagne

know the grape varieties for champagne, cava, sekt, asti, franciacorta, and prosecco


Discuss wine making methods, laws/designations and general terms using wine industry terminology in Rioja

Argentina: dominant grape varieties and laws

Argentina: characteristics of the Mendoza appellation

Chile: characteristics of the Central and Rapel Valley appellations (quality producers are less important at this time)

Chile: dominant grape varieties and laws


Quiz, November 1, North America, California, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa

Read a wine label for all regions.

Explain the factors that lead to prohibition, what the realities of  prohibition were, why prohibition came to an end.

Think about how the wines of CA, WA, OR, NY, AU, NZ, and SA may be best represented on a wine list (food and wine pairing).

Read a wine label from all regions and countries listed below.

Identify who the following people are and their legacy

  • Robert Mondavi, Frank Schoonmaker, Helen Turley, Robert Foley, Cesar Chavez, Randall Grahm, Brother Timothy, Gustave Niebaum, Andre Tchelistcheff, Warren Winiarski, Merry Edwards, Dr. Konstantin Frank.
  • general influences/affects/effects of climate for Napa Valley, Sonoma Coast, Carneros, Finger Lakes, North Fork Long Island, Columbia Valley, Willamette Valley

Identify the widely planted grape varieties, climate and wine label regulations of Barossa Valley, Heathcote, Margaret River,  (Australia)

Identify the grape varieties, climate, and wine label regulations of Marlborough, NZ

Identify the historical grape varieties unique to South Africa and the current grape varieties now associated with the country’s wine growing areas.

Identify the grape varieties, climate, soil and topography of Stellenbosch, SA

Quiz, Thursday, October 11,  Italy and Germany

Students can bring hand written notes to class for the quiz on Italy and Germany. Students will have five minutes at the start of class to transfer their notes to a piece of paper (one sided) which can be used during the quiz. The notes will be collected with the quiz. The text book will be NOT be available as you prepare for the quiz, only the hand written notes you bring to class.


  • name the four most widely planted white grape varieties in Germany
  • name the dominant red grapes variety of German
  • identify the two methods for adding sugar to Qualitswein and why the methods are used
  • the climate is cold, how do vineyard managers compensate for this?
  • Identify the information on a German Pradikatswien label
  • Identify and define Pradikatswien wine categories
  • Identify the thirteen Anbaugebiete of Germany
  • Review “terms to know” on the powerpoint lecture of Germany

Discuss the Italian wine laws:

  • Vino, IGT, DOC, DOCG
    • Know what the laws mean, and which are most stringent and least stringent

Name the dominant grape variety for the following DOC and DOCG and state if it is white, red, rose, sweet or sparkling:

  • Piedmont: Barolo, Barbaresco, Cortese di Gavi, Barbera d’Asti, Moscato d’Asti
  • Tuscany: Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
  • Veneto: Prosecco, Soave, Valpolicella, Amarone

Identify Piedmont, Tuscany, and Veneto on a map of Italy


Thursday, September 27

Preparation for this exam is purely memorization, make flash cards, create a rhyme, use¬†mnemonic devises, use the tools you always use to memorize a song, a poem…

The format is mostly fill in the blank

How will you know the answers to this exam? #istudywine.

  • What do European Union wine laws regulate?
  • What does “Cru” mean?
  • Identify the five Cru levels of the Haut Medoc
  • Identify the two Cru levels of Burgundy
  • Identify the ten Cru of Beaujolais
  • Name wine regions (not appellations) on a map of France
  • The Rhone Valley: General Climate conditions, influence of the Mistral Winds on trellising and vineyard conditions
    • Style of wine, grape varieties for:
      • Crozes Hermitage
      • Tavel
      • Gigondas (Dominant Varieties)
      • Chateauneuf du Pape (Dominant Varieties)
  • ¬†Bordeaux: general climate conditions
    • Style of wine, grape varieties for:
      • Medoc
      • Graves
      • Sauternes
      • Pomeral
      • St. Emillion
  • ¬†Burgundy: General climate conditions,
    • styles of wine, grape varieties
      • Cote de Nuits
      • Cote de Beaune
      • Beaujolais (vinification method and identification of cru villages)
      • Chablis
  • Alsace: General Climate (affect of proximity to the Vosge Mountains)
    • grape varieties
    • What makes Alsatian wines different than other wines of France?
  • Loire Valley: General Climate for each appellation
    • style of wine and grape varieties
      • Sancerre
      • Chinon:
      • Anjou (as an appellation, including but not limited to rose d’anjou)


Quiz, Thursday, September 13

Viticulture, Vinification

Objective: Discuss wine making methods using wine industry terminology

  • Formula for fermentation
  • Vinification of white wine
  • Vinification of red wine
  • Vinification of rose wine
  • Vinification of all types of sparkling wine

Objective: Explain the factors that affect the taste of fermented, brewed and distilled beverages

  • Identify and list at least 6 White Vitis Vinifera Grape Varieties
  • Identify and list at least 6 Red Vitis Vinifera grape Varieties
  • Impact of climate on viticulture and the taste of wine
  • Viticulture practices, Trellising through harvest (includes the life cycle of the vine)

The following information has not been updated fall 2018



Objective: Discuss beer making methods using beer industry terminology

Identify and describe the process used to make Lager Beer

Objective: Explain the factors that affect the taste of beer

Identify the ingredients used to make beer

Identify and describe bottle conditioning






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