It's time, once again, for the mid-summer wine quiz. Let's find out how much wine savvy you've sipped and savored since you were last asked to put pen to paper.
Your mission, should you chose to accept it, is to provide the answers to the questions below.
1. What are the sensory characteristics of a "dumb" wine?
2. What is the traditional wine to serve with cassoulet, the celebrated white bean-duck-pork stew of the Languedoc?
3. What red grape variety, planted in both the Loire Valley and Bordeaux, is known for its sweet herbal accents?
4. How are brandy, Cognac and Armagnac made?
5. Back in the 17th century, Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc cross-pollinated to give us what grape variety?
6. Who crafted the first fruit liqueurs, and why?
7. A fruit liqueur has four ingredients; what are they?
8. What is an appropriate wine to serve if there is sugar/sweetness in the dish you have prepared?
9. What is vin gris?
10. How many calories does the average 5-ounce glass of wine contain?
11. Which has more calories, a dry wine or a sweet wine?
12. What is a buvette?
13. What French wine region volumetrically leads the world in the production of dry rose?
14. What financial family has established a brand new champagne house and debuted their first bottling in 2012?
15. At what temperature should red wine be served?
16. During the Gold Rush, what was the No. 2 most requested libation? (Whiskey was No. 1)
17. What is the principal ingredient of Calvados?
18. Why are there such huge stylistic differences midst the Côtes du Rhône wine category?
19. What was the first wine region in France to intentionally and consistently produce a sparkling wine?
20. What red grape variety was immortalized by the film "Sideways"?
Answers will be posted next week.