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1

Veneto produces more wine than any other region in Italy. True or False?

True

2

Soave DOC must be at least __% ___ and can be maximum __% ___

- minimum 70% Garganega
- maximum 30% combined Trebbiano di Soave and Chardonnay

3

Valpolicella DOC, Amarone della Valopolicella DOCG, and Recioto della Valpolicella DOCG must be __-__% ___ plus __% ___ and a maximum of __% ___.

45-95% Corvina
5-30% Rondinella
Maximum 25% other red grapes (no single variety may comprise more than 10% of the blend)

4

Minimum ABV for Amarone is:

14%

5

Maximum RS for Amarone is:

12g/L

6

Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG aging requirements:

Normale - Minimum 2 years from January 1 of the year following the harvest

Riserva - Minimum 4 years from November 1 of the harvest year

Grapes may not be vinified before December 1 of the harvest year!

7

What are other red grapes that can be blended?

Molinara, Oseleta, Negrara

8

What is the appassimento process?

Grapes are dried for over three months in special lofts (fruttai) before fermentation, effectively concentrating sugar and extract.

Grapes destined for Recioto della Valpolicella are typically dried for an additional month, and the resulting wine is semi-sweet to sweet, whereas Amarone is fermented to dryness or near-dryness.

The appassimento process adds complex dried fruit tones, additional alcoholic warmth and a round, glycolic mouthfeel to the final wines.

9

Recioto della Valpolicella wines may be spumante. True or False?

True

10

What happens in Valpolicella Ripasso?

A wine “re-passed” over and re-fermented with the unpressed skins of grapes previously fermented for Amarone or Recioto wine.

Ripasso wines require a minimum alcohol of 12.5%

11

Bardolino Rosé is aka:

Bardolino Chiaretto

12

What are the 2 DOCGs in Soave?

Recioto di Soave DOCG
Soave Superiore DOCG

13

Minimum ABV and RS for Recioto di Soave?

Min 16% abv
Min RS 70g/L

14

Soave Superiore DOCG aging requirements:

Aged at least 1 year; may not be released until September 1 of the year following the harvest, including at least three months of bottle aging

Riserva - Minimum 2 years from November 1 of the harvest year, including at least 3 months of bottle aging

15

Gambellara DOC is similar to which other DOC?

Soave -- they have the same makeup of 80% Garganega.

16

Recioto di Gambellara DOCG is for what styles of wines?

Sweet still and sparkling wines produced from 100% dried Garganega grapes

17

Where does the grape Vespaiolo live?

Just north of Gambellara.

18

There's Prosecco spumante and frizzante. What's the difference? And what's the same about them?

Both are made Charmat.

Spumante are are fully sparkling, with a minimum 3.5 atmospheres of pressure.

Frizzante are slightly sparkling, with 1.0-2.5 atmospheres of pressure.

19

From 2009 there are 2 DOCGs for Prosecco. What are they? And can they both be superiore?

Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG
Asolo Prosecco DOCG (formerly known as Prosecco Montello e Colli Asolani)

Yes, both can be superiore which increases their dryness span up to and including demi-sec. Normale is Extra Dry or Brut.

20

What is the most noteworthy Cru in Prosecco and what are its regulations?

Cartizze, officially recognized in 1969, 106ha, in Valdobbiadene.

Must be fully sparkling in style, are generally “dry,” and have 17-35 grams per liter of residual sugar.

21

If Prosecco is released as vintage, at least how much of that stated vintage must be in the bottle?

85%

22

Name the three most recent DOCG upgrades in the Veneto:

Colli Euganei Fior d'Arancio
- min. 95% Moscato Giallo
- Dolce, Spumante and Passito

Piave Malanotte
- min. 70% Raboso Piave, max. 30% Raboso Veronese

Lison
- min. 85% Tai (Friulano), max. 15% other non-aromatic white grapes

23

Charmat process is aka?

Cuvée Close and Tank Method.

Wine is put into pressurized, enamel-lined tanks and tirage is added to start 2nd ferment.

When reaches 5atm, wine is chilled to arrest fermentation. Wine rest in tank, then is filtered and bottled, usually with dosage.

24

Bardolino DOC and Bardolino Superiore DOCG:
- grapes
- requirements

DOC - Corvina, Rondinella
DOCG - 35-80% Corvina, 10-40% Rondinella, max 15% Molinara
Min abv 12%
Max RS 6g/L

25

When was Prosecco Superiore elevated to DOCG status?

What are the grapes that go into Prosecco Superiore?

What are the 3 styles of Prosecco Superiore?

2009

minimum 85% Glera, up to 15% maximum the local grapes including Verdiso, Perera, Biancheeta, and Glera Lunga. Also allowed are CH and PN.

Brut, Extra Dry, Dry

26

True or False: Conegliano tends to be warmer and drier making richer wines, while Valdobbiadene has wider diurnals with the wines displaying racier acidity.

True

27

Soils of Conegliano are primarily clay and limestone with a mix of alluvial and glacial.

Soils of Valdobbiadene consist of moraines, sandstone and clay.

True

28

The base appellation for Prosecco DOC wine is made in the region of Treviso.

True

29

List the three villages of the Prosecco Superiore DOCG "classico" region.

Conegliano
Valdobbiadene
Asolo

30

What does "Rive" mean on a bottle of Prosecco?

Rive can only be applied to sparkling wines. The term 'Rive' translates as "vineyards planted on steep land" and applies to wines made from 1 of 43 specific single vyds in the Conegliano-Valdobbiadene district.

Wines designated as Rive must list the name of the village as well as the vintage.