I Study Wine

Quiz, Wednesday, March 4

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 ten Cru of Beaujolais
  • Name wine regions on a map of France
  • The Rhone Valley: All information can be found in the text book. though this is one region, there are many differences between the north and south of the region
    • General Climate and geography conditions of the northern Rhone Valley
    • General Climate and geography conditions of the southern Rhone Valley
    • Know the influence of the Mistral Winds
    • Grape varieties for:
      • Crozes Hermitage
      • Tavel
      • Cornas
      • Gigondas (four Dominant Varieties)
      • Chateauneuf du Pape (four Dominant Varieties)
  • ┬áBordeaux:
    • general climate conditions
    • Dominate grape varieties for:
      • Medoc
      • Pessac-Leognan
      • Sauternes
      • Pomerol
      • St. Emillion
    • Describe the wines of Sauternes and how they are made
  • ┬áBurgundy: General climate conditions,
    • Grape varieties for:
      • Chablis
      • Cote de Nuits
      • Cote de Beaune
      • Beaujolais (and the vinification method)
  • Alsace: General Climate (affect of proximity to the Vosge Mountains)
    • dominant grape varieties
    • difference between Alsatian wines and other wines of France
    • Styles of Alsatian wines
  • Loire Valley: General Climate for each appellation listed below
    • Grape varieties
      • Sancerre
      • Chinon
      • Vouvray


Quiz, Wednesday, February 19

Viticulture, Vinification

  • list 6 White Vitis Vinifera Grape Varieties

  • list 6 Red Vitis Vinifera grape Varieties

  • Explain the factors that affect the taste of wine

  • identify the stages of the vine cycle
  • identify the parts of a grape vine
  • Write Formula for fermentation

  • Explain the process in making white, red and rose wine and the effect on the wine

The Following is Not updated for Spring 2020


  • Ingredients
  • Steps to brewing beer and definition of brewing terms
  • IBU
  • SRM


  • sugar source for spirits discussed in class
  • benefits of using a pot still and a continuous still
  • process of distillation


Quiz, Thursday, December 5

Fortified Wines

Identify the dominant grape varieties used to make port

explain the process of making ruby port and tawny port

explain the different styles of ruby and tawny port

Identify climate of the Douro Valley

Identify the dominant grape varieties used to sherry

explain the process of making fino sherry and oloroso sherry

Identify climate of the Jerez

differentiate process, color, taste, food pairing for Ruby Port, Tawny Port, Fino Sherry, Oloroso Sherry


Sparkling Wine

write the process of the traditional method and explain each step

know the various terms synonymous with 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 dominant grape varieties for champagne, cava, sekt, asti, franciacorta, and prosecco (some may be strictly regulated, others may have multiple grapes to choose from)

Argentina: dominant grape varieties and laws

Argentina: qualities and characteristics of the Mendoza appellation

Chile: dominant grape varieties and laws

Chile: qualities and characteristics of the Central and Rapel Valley appellations



November  7, North America, California, New Zealand, Australia

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

Explain the three tier system.

Name and describe AVA

Identify the following people and their legacy to the wine industry

  • 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.

Explain the climatic influences/affects/effects for the AVA listed. Identify the state of each AVA listed:       Napa Valley, Russian River Valley, Lodi, Sonoma, Carneros, Rutherford, Santa Barbara, Finger Lakes, North Fork Long Island, Columbia Valley, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hill

Think about how the wines of CA, WA, OR, NY, AU, and NZ,  may be best represented on a wine list. Justify food and wine pairings you may suggest.

Identify the widely planted grape varieties and climate for Barossa Valley, Margaret River, McClaren Vale, and Heathcote

Identify the grape varieties and climate of Marlborough, Central Otago

Quiz, October 17

Students can bring hand written notes to class for the quiz on Italy and Germany. Students will have eight 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 can NOT be used in class, only your own individual hand written notes you bring to class.


  • name the four most widely planted white grape varieties in Germany
  • name the dominant red grape variety of German
  • identify the two methods for adding sugar to Qualitswein. Explain each method and the purpose for adding the sugar
  • describe the general climate of Germany. What are some techniques used by German viticulturists to grow grapes?
  • Identify and define Pradikatswien wine categories
  • Identify the thirteen Anbaugebiete of Germany (not on a map)
  • Review “terms to know” on the powerpoint lecture of Germany
Identify and explain the various PDO and PGI categories of Italian wine

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 Superiore, Valpolicella, Amarone

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