The Ultimate Wine Lover's Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

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To most, enjoying a glass of wine is a casual pursuit of pleasure. But to others it's a far more ceremonious occasion. Such oenophiles will need to summon their knowledge about wine or risk tasting the Ultimate Wine Lover's Quiz's grapes of wrath.

When it comes to wine, you often get what you pay for. In 1985, a wine lover took that phrase to a whole new meaning, shelling out more than $156,000 on a single bottle. Why did it fetch such an astronomical price?

The 1787 bottle of Chateau Lafitte, auctioned at Christie's in London, brought in a hefty price thanks to initials on the bottom, which allegedly belonged to Thomas Jefferson.


A little imbibing may do the body good. Word on the street is that a glass of red wine each day might benefit which color-coordinated organ?

Including a glass of red wine with dinner could be a smart move for your health regimen. Research indicates that red wine -- in moderation, of course -- may lower one's risk of heart disease.


Wine racks are for amateurs; the mark of a true vino aficionado is a wine cellar. These days, the primary difference between cellars is what?

Wine cellars are categorized as either active or passive. Passive wine cellars are build underground for natural temperature control, and active ones have electrically controlled temperature settings.


An easy way to spot a sommelier in a nice restaurant is to look for someone wearing a shallow, silver dish around his or her neck. Sommeliers tote around these accessories, called tastevins, for what purpose?

Tastevins allow sommeliers to test wine for color and clarity. Some sources date the use of these wine accessories as far back as 300 B.C.


Decanters make for attractive household accessories and also enhance the flavor of certain wines by allowing oxygen to react with the liquid. Which type of wine is the only one that requires decanting or aerating?

Only red wines need decanting because they're allowed to age longer in bottles before being served.


In 2006, scientists discovered that drinking red wine could potentially prolong longevity thanks to a compound called "resveratrol." Unfortunately, humans would have to guzzle about how much of the stuff per day to glean the benefits?

The study, published in the journal Nature, seemed like a ringing endorsement for a daily dose of red wine -- except that a single dose would amount to about 1,000 bottles of wine.


Bottles of wine deserve some tender love and care for optimal drinking pleasure. Which of the following wine care steps is NOT correct?

Room temperature will probably be too warm for wine. Instead, try to keep it in a cooler environment, between 50 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit (10 to 15.5 degrees Celsius).


When considering what wine to pair with rich, heavy foods, what characteristic would the wise oenophile look out for?

Rich foods call for full-bodied wines that have a well-rounded flavor and texture that linger in the mouth. Both reds and whites offer full-bodied varietals.


Maintaining etiquette while chugging 12 to 18 different kinds of vino in an afternoon may seem like a nigh impossible challenge. But according to wine tour etiquette, which of the following is NOT acceptable behavior (besides getting thoroughly sloshed)?

It's perfectly fine to ask for a second pour (but probably not a third or a fourth) and to spit out and pour out unwanted wine (in the appropriate receptacles). Offering unsolicited opinions about the petite syrah or shiraz and so on is quite uncouth, however.


An experienced wine lover knows to smell a glass of wine before tasting. Once it finally comes time for that first mouthful, what should you do?

Though it may seem polite to sip the wine at first, experts recommend a moderate gulp for the full flavor experience.


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