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1

Alsace was the last major French winemaking region to achieve AOC status. True or False?

True, in 1962.

2

What are the two départements of Alsace?

Haut-Rhin and Bas-Rhin

3

Over two-thirds of Alsace’s Grand Cru vineyards are located in the:

Haut-Rhin.

4

Alsace is one of France's driest and sunniest climates. It's also France's smallest. True or False?

True - it's semi-continental.

5

What is the capital of the Haut-Rhin département?

Colmar. It is the driest city in France.

6

What is Grès de Vosges?

Pink sandstone

7

Generally, the steeper mountain slopes are generally composed of ___, ___ and ___.

The lower slopes sit on a ___ base.

The Plains have ____ and ____.

Steeper: schist, granite and volcanic sediment

Lower: limestone

Plains: rich, alluvial clay and and gravel soils

8

What are the 4 noble grapes of Alsace?

Riesling
Pinot Gris
Muscat (either Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains, Muscat Rosé à Petits Grains or Muscat Ottonel)
Gewurztraminer

9

These grapes can be bottle varietally:

Pinot Blanc (Klevner)
Chasselas (Gutedel)
Sylvaner
Pinot Noir

10

All varietally labeled Alsace AOP wines must contain 100% of the printed grape EXCEPT:

Pinot Blanc

11

Even if bottled as a single variety, Auxerrois may be accorded the title of “Pinot Blanc” on the label. True or False?

True.

12

Which noble grape is the last to ripen?

Riesling

13

Alsatian AOP law mandates, from 2008 forward, that standard Riesling wines must be ___ in style.

Dry

14

Traminer in Alsace is AKA:

Klevener (not to be confused with Pinot Blanc, aka Klevner)

15

5 communes may bottle Klevener varietally under the existing Alsace AOP:

Heiligenstein
Bourgheim
Gertwiller
Goxwiller
Obernai

16

What does Edelzwicker mean?

Noble mixture. It's usually an inexpensive blended white.

17

Edelzwickers do not need to be vintage-dated. True or False?

True. They don't have to be a blend, either.

18

What does Gentil mean?

It's a superior designation for blends, requiring a minimum of 50% noble grapes.

19

Give an example of a producer who vinifies different varietals together and produces under a vineyard name.

Marcel Deiss

20

What was the first Grand Cru vineyard in Alsace?

Schlossberg in 1975

21

The 51st Grand Cru of Alsace, ___, was added in 2007.

Kaefferkopf

22

The grands crus Altenberg de Bergheim and Kaefferkopf can do what?

They may blend multiple grape varieties according to certain prescribed proportions.

23

What is the one Grand Cru where Sylvaner is permitted?

Zotzenberg

24

Hand-harvesting is mandatory for all Grand Cru wines. True or False?

True.

25

The minimum potential alcohol for Grand Cru Riesling and Muscat is __% and for Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer it's __%

11% for Rielsing and Muscat

12.5% for Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer

26

The smallest Grand Cru is ___ and the largest Grand Cru is ___.

smallest: Kanzlerberg (3ha)

largest: Schlossberg (80ha)

27

Who makes Clos Ste. Hune? In which Grand Cru vineyard is it?

Trimbach, Rosacker

28

Riesling and Muscat VT require minimum ___g/L RS
Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer VT require minimum ___g/L RS

Riesling and Muscat: 235
PG and Gewurz: 257

29

Riesling and Muscat SGN require minimum ___g/L RS
Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer SGN require minimum ___g/L RS

Riesling and Muscat: 276
PG and Gewurz: 306

30

Chardonnay is only allowed in what?

Crémant d'Alsace

31

What are two super small AOPs in neighboring Lorraine?

Côtes de Toul AOP
- light reds from PN, whites from Auxerrois and Aubin

Moselle AOP
- white, red and rosés made from PN and Auxerrois

32

Altenberg de Bergheim Grand Cru may produce Alsace Grand Cru AOP blends. True or False?

True

33

Out of the four noble grapes, Pinot Gris usually produces the lowest-acid wines. True or False?

False - it's probably Gewürztraminer

34

Soils found in Alsace:

Granite, limestone, schist, clay, gravel, chalk, loess, and local pink sandstone (Grès de Vosges).

35

Pinot Blanc and Auxerrois represent the largest volume of Alsace production. True or False?

True.

36

What is Alsace's most planted grape? It's also the last to ripen.

Riesling

37

Klevener de Heiligenstein is aka ___. It's a pink variant of Traminer.

Savagnin Rosé
- it's grown around the Heiligenstein commune of the Bas-Rhin.

38

Alsace GC vineyards first appeared in what year?

25 were designated in 1983.
Another 25 in 1985, and in 2006 the 51st was added (Kaefferkopf)

39

Which Grand Crus can bottle blended wines?

Altenberg de Bergheim and Kaefferkopf.

40

What Grand Cru vineyard can bottle Sylvaner?

Zotzenberg

41

Red wine ONLY subzones in Alsace:

Ottrott
Rodern
Saint-Hippolyte

42

VT and SGN may not be released until:

June 1 of the second year following harvest

43

Important vineyards in Rangen Grand Cru

Clos St. Urbain (Zind-Humbrecht)
Clos St. Théobald (Schoffit)

44

Important vineyard in Brand Grand Cru

Clos de la Treille (F. Baur)

45

List some important Clos vineyards NOT located within Grand Cru vineyards.

Clos des Capucins (Weinbach)
Clos Windsbuhl (Z-H)
Clos Himmelreich (Albrecht)
Clos Ribeaupierre (Jean Sipp)

46

Important vineyards in Kirchberg de Barr Grand Cru

Clos Gaensbroennel (Willm)
Clos Zisser (Dom. Klipfel)

47

Important vineyard in Osterberg Grand Cru

Clos du Zahnacker (Ribeauvillé)

48

Important vineyard in Pfingstberg Grand Cru

Clos Schild (Albrecht)

49

Important vineyard in Goldert Grand Cru

Clos St. Imer (E. Burn)