Wine Quiz #2 – Know your Italian Wines

Wine Quiz #2 – Know your Italian Wines

Wine Regions of Italy1. What is the most famous red wine grape varietal used in Tuscany?

A. Asti Spumante
B. Vin Santo
C. Sangiovese
D. Marsala

2. Chianti is which of the following: 

A. A wine producing region of Sicily
B. A wine producing region in Tuscany
C. Historically, was a blended wine made from red and white  grapes
D. Can contain up to 10 percent non-Italian varietals
E. The name of the wicker basket used for serving wine

3. Brunello di Montalcino is a local Tuscan name for what Italian grape variety?

A. Spumoni
B. Nebbiolo
C. Sangiovese
D. Ugni Blanc

4. Chianti Classico is which of the following:

A. The throne of the king of Tuscany in 1836
B. The “classic” inner zone of the Chianti producing region
C. Is the name used for Chianti aged more than 30 months in oak
D. An old automobile from Tuscany

5. Vin Santo is which of the following:

A. A wine blessed in the name of Saint Vincent
B. A dessert wine made from dehydrated grapes
C. Is made from Trebbiano and Malvasia grapes.

6. Which is a legal system for wine quality classification in Italy:

A. Denominazione di origine controllata – DOC
B. Denominazione di origine controllata e garantita – DOCG.

7. Which of the following are Italian wine producing regions:

A. Sardinia
B. Tuscany
C. Piedmont
D. Abruzzi
F. Apizza

Answers will be provided as a comment to this posting. Enjoy!

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  1. I got some flack from some readers for posting this quiz that could not connect the dots back to Texas.

    Texas growers are getting interested in a number of Italian grape varietals – Red and White. As you know, Italy is one big vineyard. Many experimental plots have been planted in Texas and showing some success in the hot texas sun even with young vines. Wineries like Mandola Estate Winery ( are going mainstream into Italian varietal wines.

    Quiz #2 Answers

    1. C
    2. B & C
    3. C
    4. B
    5. B & C
    6. A & B (B is superior to A)
    7. A, B, C & D – not D!

    Cheers from

  2. I found a great website for understanding the wine regions of Italy.

    You can even drill down from each region and get to the grape varietals that are common in each region and a description.

    This is great as Italy is one big vineyard with many varieties of grapes that are grown almost exclusively in Italy.

    One particular Italian wine region to check out is Sicily. They have some great red and white grape varieties that maintain their crisp acid zing despite the warm growing conditions.

    Russ Kane –

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