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Are You A Wine Whiz Or A Wine Fizz? Take This Saucy Quiz -- To Learn More Than Your Waiter Knows About Ordering Wine!
For millennia, wine has been a delicious part of dining, celebrating and socializing worldwide It�s been the focus at festivals� a cornerstone of countless religious rituals � an important tradition for toasting newlyweds� indispensable to launching ships� even a staple for sealing multimillion-dollar deals and even sending-off loved ones at funerals. And when connected to �women and song,� it�s synonymous with joy itself.
No wonder millions of people want to know more about seeking, selecting, savoring and storing their favorite fermented elixirs.
And what do YOU know about wine? What mysteries, histories and properties do you have yet to discover? What would it be like to have a working knowledge -- even expertise -- that would allow you to order wines like a pro or host lavish wine parties (often on a budget)? Or to rank among the �Semi-Sommelier� types who create their own wine cellars?
Take this quiz to learn how you rank on the �wine fizz to wine whiz� scale. Along the way you�ll get key information that�s sure to increase your wine know-how in time for your next wine experience!
WINE TASTING TERMS and TRUTHS -- know the wine lingo!
1.> Balance. In the wine world this:
a. Involves how you hold your glass.
2.> Complex A wine is specifically called �complex� if it:
a. Goes well with many different types of meals, from picnics to banquets.
3.> Wines, though liquid, are often called �crisp� because:
a. They have good taste and acidity without excessive sweetness.
4.> �Dry� wines:
a. Always leave your mouth dry.
5.> A wine�s �finish�:
a. Means how it coats the glass.
6.> �Oaky� flavor or aroma -- resulting from a wine�s aging in oak barrels -- is sometimes described as:
a. �The Italian way.�
7.> Tannins, which cause those �puckery� mouth sensations, are found:
a. Mostly in red wines.
8.> These are meaningless terms for wine:
9.> A varietal is:
a. A wine named after a grape variety.
10.> These are red wines:
a. Merlot and Malbec.
11.> White wines traditionally go with:
a. Fish and chicken.
12.> People who know wine will know that YOU are also in-the-know about wine:
a. If you hold your wine glass directly under the bowl.
13.> When studying wine, all these senses are important. But your most revealing sense would be:
14.> The only really good wines:
a. Are very expensive.
15.> When is �National Wine Day� observed?
a. Mid-January, in connection with post-holiday celebrations and the New Year.
Bonus TRUE OR FALSE Questions Related to Wine:
16.> All wines taste the same, no matter what you�re eating.
Read On for the Answers--and visit our website for even more tips on wine wisdom!
#1. b. A well-balanced wine has all its components (acid, alcohol, fruit, tannins) working well together.
16. = FALSE! Various accompanying food flavors and tastes, such as salty or buttery or spicy or sweet, greatly influence the taste changes you�ll experience with wine.
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