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1. The Champagne riots were caused by a number of factors, in particular by the Champagne houses buying grapes in from other region. When were they?
2. The Champagne coupe was said to be moulded from what?
a. The right breast of the actress and alleged mistress to Edward VII, Lillie Langtry.
b. The left breast of Marie Antoinette as a gift for Louis XVI signifying giving from the heart.
c. The top of the rugby ball used in the first test match between England and France.
d. The first float glass press mould machine which was the breakthrough in creating stemware on an industrial scale.
3. What was the first sparkling wine to be produced in France?
a. Blanquette de Limoux in the Languedoc.
c. Cremant d’Alsace.
d. Clairette de Die.
4. What derogatory name was Champagne sometimes known by, due to bottles often exploding and setting off a chain reaction that cause anything from a 20% to 90% loss in a cellar? :
a. Black powder wine – the common term for gun powder.
b. Robespierre’s Delight – Named after the revolutionary who was instrumental in the reign of terror, but ended up being executed himself.
c. Devils Wine.
d. Glass Soup.
5. In which region is Franciacorta sparkling wine made?
a. The Province of Lleida in Catalonia Spain.
b. El Hierro the farthest south and west of the Canary Islands.
c. Lipari in the Aeolian Islands off the north coast of Sicily.
d. The Province of Brescia in Lombardy Italy.
6. Which Famous cuvée of Champagne was originally made exclusively for the private consumption of the Russian Tsar?
a. Louis Roederer, Cristal.
b. Veuve Cliquot, La Grand Dame.
c. Billecart-Salmon, Cuvée Nicolas Francois.
d. Ruinart, Dom Ruinart Rosé.
7. The Charmat Process, or Metodo Italiano refers to what?
a. The semi drying, or appassimento of grapes which is fermented and added to the following vintage at the time of secondary fermentation and following disgorgement (if desired) instead of sugar syrup.
b. Similar to Methode Champenoise, but instead of disgorgement the wine is added back from the bottle into a larger tank, then filtered and rebottled.
c. The freezing of neck in freezing brine or liquid nitrogen and the mechanical disgorgement of the sediment plug.
d. The creation of bubbles by allowing the wine to go under secondary fermentation in a stainless steel tank before bottling under pressure.
8. Méthode Ancestrale refers to what?
a. The growing of still white wines in the Champagne region.
b. Adding elderberries to the grapes to give the wine a richer colour. This method cannot be sold as Champagne.
c. The sweeter styles of champagne that were the norm until the late 19th century.
d. The practice of not disgorging the lees from the bottle. The sparkling wine produced by this method is cloudy.
9. The European Union defines a sparkling as possessing how much pressure?
a. 3 Atmospheres.
b. 5 Atmospheres.
c. 6 Atmospheres.
d. 2 Atmospheres.
10. France has 7 appellations that feature the word Crémant in their titles. There is also one appellation outside France that features the word Crémant , which appellation is this?
a. Russian River Cremant.
b. Doc Cremanti di Gattinara.
c. Crémant de Luxembourg.
d. DOC Colli Tortonesi – Cremanti.
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