A few of you might know that Husband is in the midst of attaining his Master Sommelier certification. He has notebooks full of notes, stacks and stacks of wine books, and about 10,000 notecards. Every so often, I'll pick up a handfull of notecards and start quizzing him. And laughing at myself in the process. There have been a few times when, upon hearing about his studies, people have very flippantly said "yeah, I've been thinking about doing that," so we thought we'd post a few questions Husband uses to test himself. Not trying to show off or anything, but there's a reason there is only one Master Sommelier in Columbus (and he doesn't work at a restaurant, but he is probably influencing the wine you drink, nonetheless) and it takes a lot of hard work to get to the point where you can list every single appelation in Burgundy (there are over 500).
See how many you can answer without Google. Be honest, and then Google, and learn something. I'd love to see how many my cork dork friends and readers can answer!! I will post the answers on Thursday.
1. What is the main grape of Cacc'e Mmitte di Lucera?
2. What region's grape bin is known as a Gonc and how many litres of juice does it hold?
3. What is the main grape of Bull's Blood of Eger?
4. What AOC of Alsace utilizes Savagnin Rose and what is the local name for this grape?
5. What are the two red wine-only appellations of the northern Rhone?
6. What AVA is shared by Texas and New Mexico?
7. Which German wine region produces some of its "German" wine from grapes that grow in France?
8. Which Portuguese region utilizes the nearly extinct Ramisco grape?
9. Australia's Shoalhaven Coast and Hastings River specialize in what French-hybrid grape?
10. What is the primary indigenous white grape of Lebanon?