Texas Wine Quiz #1: Who knows their Texas wines?

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Texas Wine Quiz #1: Who knows their Texas wines?
How do you rate your knowledge of Texas wineries, winemaking and grapes growing? Test yourself with this fun and challenging quiz. Try not to Google until you are finished! But, you can search the postings on the VintageTexas website.

Take out your pencil and test your knowledge of Texas wines and grape growing using this fun quiz. First warm up with a question to get you in the mood. 

Texas is ranked ____ by states in the USA in wine production?

A. 2nd
B. 25th
C. 8th
D. 5th

Well, the correct answer is D….5th! We have number 4 in our sites.

If you have other questions on Texas wines or grape growing that have been puzzling you, please send them to me at: russ@vintagetexas.com. Answers to this quiz will be given in my next post.

Ready? Let’s play “Who knows their Texas wines?”


1. Put the following Texas viticultural regions in geographical order from North to South.

A. Texas Hill Country
B. Texas High Plains
C. Mesilla Valley

Bonus Point – Which of these regions includes a portion of the adjacent state of New Mexico?

2. Put the following phases of a vine’s life cycle in the correct sequence.

A. Bud-break
B. Fruit set
C. Ripening

3. Put the following winemaking processes in the correct sequence.

A. Maceration
B. Fermentation
C. Destemming

4. What was the year that the oldest Texas commercial winery was started?

A. 1974
B. 1750
C. 1883

5. Name two French-American hybrid grape varietals that are resistant to Pierce’s Disease and can be grown in the hot humid regions of Texas.

A. Blanc Du Bois
B. Niagara
C. Viagra
D. Black Spanish (Lenoir)

6. Which of the following grape varieties are not a red grape?

A. Syrah
B. Blanc Du Bois
C. Viognier
D. Tempranillo

7. Which of the following is a red-juice grape variety?  Hint: Most red grapes actually have white juice.

A. Cabernet Sauvignon
B. Merlot
C. Cabernet Sauvignon
D. Black Spanish (Lenoir)

8. Why does the Texas High Plains region have hot days and cool nights needed for quality grape production?

A. It is next to the Gulf of Mexico
B. It is in the southern hemisphere
C. It has an elevation of 3500 feet
D. It gets more than 100 inches of rain a year

9. Which Texan is credited with bringing vitis vinifera grape varietals to the Texas Hill Country in the 1970’s after a trip to France?

A. Ross Perot
B. Rick Perry
C. Ed Auler
D. Paul Bonnarrigo

10. What is the largest Texas winery by volume produced?

A. Messina Hof – Bryan, Texas
B. Becker Vineyards – Stonewall, Texas
C. Llano Estacado – Lubbock, Texas
D. St. Genevieve – Fort Stockton, Texas

Times Up! Let’s figure out your score.

For each correct answer, give yourself one point (including the bonus point after Question 1.

Add up your score and rate your knowledge of Texas wines as follows:

10-11: 1st Place: Texas Longhorn Medal – You are the best
8-9: 2nd Place: Blue Bonnet Medal – You know more than most people
6-7: 3rd Place: Texas Horned Toad Medal – Good, but you could do better….study!
5 or less: Non-Texan….you are likely from New Jersey or just got here.

Well, there is a lot to learn but you have lots of time and only need to learn of Texas one glass at a time.

For other wine questions, post them to the blog for all to share, or send by email to me at: russ@vintagetexas.com.


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