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American Wine Trivia for Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! With America's signature holiday just a few days away, I thought it would be fun to focus on American wine trivia. Like most components of our country's culture, wine production and consumption in America is a veritable "melting pot," having been influenced by various countries. Many of the famous international grape varietals of which we are so fond (Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, etc.) are of European origin. The American wine industry has grown up comparing itself to, and competing with the wines of France, although influence from Italy and Spain can also be detected. Yet, in recent years, American wines have become prominent forces in the international wine market, and wine culture in the United States is on the rise. Although we may still be a beer drinking country, many of our best and brightest have been oenophiles. 

For your research pleasure, here's a few trivia questions related to America and wine. Submit your responses using our General Question Form. The winner gets their choice of free admission to our final Fall Wine Discovery Class at Levity (Monday, November 26th), or a Starbucks gift card. We'll close the quiz, and post the answers on Sunday evening.

  1. Where does the United States rank in terms of world wine production? 
  2. Approximately how many liters of wine does the average American consume in one year? How does that compare to the average person in France?
  3. True or False: There are actively producing wineries in all 50 US states.
  4. Zinfandel is often referred to as America's grape, but in true American fashion, it is the descendent of another European grape varietal. What is the name of the grape that is Zinfandel's ancestor, and what country is it from?
  5. What American President was a noted oenophile, and is reported to have said "Good wine is a necessity of life for me."?
  6. As noted above, virtually all of the famous international grapes are of the species, Vitis vinifera. Name two species of grapes native to the United States.

Happy Thanksgiving! Hopefully there is some good wine on your table. Cheers!

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