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Updated May 4, 2017

Thursday, April 21, Fortified Wine

Fortified Wines

Identify and explain the process used to make Ruby and Tawny Port, Madeira, and Fino and Olorosso Sherry

Identify and explain the various styles of Ruby and Tawny Port, and Fino and Olorosso Sherry

Identify the dominant grape varieties use to make port, madeira, and sherry

Identify climate of the regions port, madeira, and sherry are produced

Identify regions regions port, madeira, and sherry are produced


  • dominant white and red grapes varieties
  • identify the two ways and reasons for adding sugar to Qualitswein
  • the climate is cold, how do vineyard managers compensate for this?
  • German Pradikatswin wine categories
  • Read a German wine label
  • Identify regions of Germany discussed in class


Thursday, April 27, Wine of Italy

To discuss methods of making wine in Italy it is important to know the laws

    • Know what the laws mean, DO NOT try to memorize the names of the wine production areas
  • DOCG
    • As you read about the regions of Italy the important DOCG wine production areas will be highlighted. Be able to recognize the DOCGs in the areas noted below.

Wine is made in every region of Italy, we will focus on Piedmont, Tuscany, and Veneto

    • Grapes
    • Wine Making Process
    • Style of wine
    • Climate

Identify wine regions (not appellations) on a map of Italy, here is a simple version to look at. The map also includes dominate grape varieties for all regions http://winefolly.com/review/italian-wine-regions-map/


Thursday, March 30, Champagne, White and Red Wine of France, 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, poem… How will you know the answers to this exam? #istudywine

  • What is the AOC?
  • What do AOC laws regulate?
  • What does Cru mean?
  • Method Champagnoise (steps in the process)
  • Carbonic Maceration


  • Identify wine regions (not appellations) on a map of France
  • ¬†Champagne
    • Grapes, wine making process, wine styles
  • Rhone Valley: General Climate
    • Northern Rhone: grape variety
    • Southern Rhone: grape varieties
  • ¬†Bordeaux: general climate
    • Medoc:¬†grape varieties, soil (I have decided to not ask about the smaller application within Medoc),
    • Grave: grape varieties, soil
    • Sauternes: grape varieties, soil (What makes Sauternes different than other wines of Bordeaux?)
    • Pessac-Leognan: grape varieties, soil
    • Pomeral: grape varieties, climate, soil
    • St. Emillion: grape varieties, climate, soil
  • ¬†Burgundy
    • Cote de Nuits: grape variety, soil
    • Beaujolais: grape variety, soil
    • Cote de Beaune: grape variety, soil
    • Chablis: grape variety, soil
  • Alsace
    • grape varieties, climate (What makes Alsatian wines different than other wines of France?)
  • Loire Valley
    • Sancerre: grape variety, soil


Thursday, March 16, use your text, videos, Wine Folley, powerpoint and links on the powerpoint to support your learning

Wine of Australia, South Africa and New Zealand,

Identify the grape varieties, climate, soil and topography of Barossa Valley and wine label regulations

Explain why the philosophies of wine makers in Australia differ (large production vs. small production)

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

Identify the traditional grape varieties unique of South Africa and current grape varieties now associated with the country’s wine growing areas

Identify the general climate conditions for South Africa

Wine of California and North America

In America we often look to the people who influence the wine world and our own wine making history.

  • Know the years of prohibition, the legal regulation and unintended consequences
  • Wine labeling regulations and how to read a wine label
  • 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…
  • Define AVA
  • general influences/affects/effects of climate in California, Washington, Oregon, New York
  • Name/list six AVAs of California


Thursday, March 2,

Viticulture, Vinification and Service, Sales and Storage (North American Wines will be part of the next quiz)

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
  • Carbonic Maceration
  • Phylloxera

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

  • Identify and list atleast 5 White Vitis Vinifera Grape Varieties
  • Identify and list atleast 5 Red Vitis Vinifera grape Varieties
  • Impact on climate on viticulture and the taste of wine
  • Viticulture practices, Trellising through harvest (inlcudes the life cycle of the vine)

Objective: Discuss legal and ethical issues in regard to the sale and service of alcoholic beverages

  • Various service temperatures for different wines
  • What is a Sommelier, What certifications¬†are availble in the wine industry
  • Presenting wine
  • How to open a bottle of wine
  • Wine storage standards



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Thursday, May 5, Beer

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


Thursday April 14, Wines of South America and Spain

Objective: Discuss wine making methods using wine industry terminology

Spain:  wine laws/designations and terms

Objective: Explain the factors that affect the taste of fermented beverages

Argentina: dominant grape varieties and laws

Chile: dominant grape varieties and laws

Spain: top two red and white grape

Objective: Identify geographical regions where fermented and distilled beverages are produced

Argentina: characteristics of the Mendoza appelation

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

Spain: focus on “Green Spain” and Navarra DO and Rioja DOC in the “The Ebro Valley”







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