How Much Do You Know About…Wine

August 23, 2015

You may know how to swirl the liquid, look at the legs, sniff the cork, and more. But do you know some of the key wine fundamentals? Why do you get headaches after drinking certain wines? Why are some wines described as tasting “oaky and others described as “buttery”? Test your wine knowledge in the following short quiz.


1. Wines are sometimes described as “oaky”. This is because of:
A. The soil the grapes originated from:

B. Fermentation in barrels. C. Contact with grape skins

2. White wines are sometimes called “buttery”. This is due to the wine’s:

A. Region.
B. Contact with yeast.
C. Contact with grape skins

3. Why do some wines give you headaches?
A. Tannins.
B. Histamines.
C. Sulfites

4.White wines are made with grapes that have:

A. Yellow, green, or black skins.
B. Dark grape skins
C. Yellow or green skins

5. Rosé wines are made from:

A. Crushing red wine grapes for a short time.
B. Mixing white and red wine grapes.
C. Using specialized Rosé wine grapes.


1. B. Wines with an oaky, woody flavor are described as “oaky”. This flavor is very apparent in wines that are fermented/aged in oak barrels.

2. B. A buttery wine smells and tastes like butter or butterscotch. Buttery is a term that typically describes white wines. The buttery taste comes from the wine’s contact with yeast during fermentation in the barrel.

3. B. Histamines are found in the skins of grapes and they seem to give some histamine-sensitive people headaches. Red wine will often cause more headaches to histamine-sensitive people because red wines have longer contact with grape skins.

4. A. White wines are typically made with grapes with yellow or green skins but they can also be made from black-skinned grapes if the juice is separated from the skins before fermentation.

5. A. To make most Rosé wine, red grapes are crushed and left for a little while (anywhere from a few hours to a few days).