A. sense of creaminess

B. spiciness

C. smell

D. mouthfeel


A wine’s oral somatosensory property is to mouthfeel. Scientists have long known that while we may think we like a wine for its flavors (“like cherries,” “lemony” and so on), a key driver of our perceptions and preferences is how the wine feels.


A.  The practice of determining the clarity of a wine by looking at it in a tastevin (shallow silver tasting cup).

B.  The practice of reading tea leaves to divine a drinker’s future.

C. The historic Burgundian practice of smelling and tasting vineyard soils to determine their merit.

D. The 16th century practice of tracing important trade routes for ships that carried wine and goods (like coffee beans and cacao) that could be made into expensive beverages.


According to Atlas Obscura, the early 20th century was a time of great fascination with the occult. In particular, tasseography (the practice of reading tea leaves) became so popular that fortune-telling tea cups were manufactured. From the outside, these often looked like elegant, normal, porcelain tea cups. But on the inside, they contained arcane symbols. Depending on where your tea leaves landed and the symbols they touched, anyone so inclined could tell your fortune. None of this has anything whatsoever to do with wine. Nonetheless, we at WineSpeed are convinced that the appreciation of tea and the appreciation of wine are correlated, and that the two manifest enormous similarities in their dependencies on terroir.


A. Polenta

B. Tomatoes

C. Balsamic Vinegar

D. Beans


Tuscan cooking is some of the humblest in Italy—it’s poor people’s cuisine. The entire cucina of Tuscany is said to revolve around beans; they are commonplace in scores of regional recipes. When other Italians want to be derogatory, they call the Tuscans by their age-old nickname: mangiafagioli, “bean eaters.”


A. Dan Aykroyd

B. Tina Fey

C. Adam Sandler

D. Amy Poehler


American actress, writer, and producer, Amy Poehler, will direct, produce, and star in the Netflix comedy film Wine Country. The film tells the story of a group of old friends who go to Napa Valley for a weekend getaway to celebrate a 50th birthday. Look out wine country. Amy and crew are currently in Napa. No word yet on which wineries will make it to the small screen.


A. 34%

B. 12%

C. 8%

D. 15%


According to the Nielsen Company, 8% of all wine and alcoholic beverages are bought online, an amount that industry observers expect to increase, although online sales of alcoholic beverages lag far behind other consumer products. Even the percentage of pet food sold online is considerably greater (20% of that is now bought online). Convoluted U.S. laws governing the sale and shipment of wine and alcoholic beverages are, of course, partly to blame.


A. 1925

B. 1855

C. 1973

D. 1880


Originally (in the 1855 Classification) only four Bordeaux châteaux made it into the rank of First Growth:  Château Lafite Rothschild, Château Latour, Château Margaux, and Château Haut-Brion. In 1855, Château Mouton Rothschild was designated a Second Growth. The owner of Mouton Rothschild, Baron Philippe de Rothschild, protested vehemently and launched a decades-long campaign to get Mouton Rothschild elevated to First Growth status. Although the 1855 Classification was considered sacrosanct and its classifications final, Rothschild eventually prevailed and in 1973 Mouton Rothschild was moved up and became a First Growth.


A. Japan

B. United Kingdom

C. China

D. United States


The U.K is currently the leading importer of dry white Bordeaux wines—14% of all dry white Bordeaux is imported into that country. The U.S. and Japan aren’t far behind, importing 11% and 10% of all dry white Bordeaux respectively. But China doesn’t yet appear to be interested in Bordeaux’s amazing dry whites, the best of which (like Château Haut Brion Blanc) cost many hundreds of dollars a bottle. While China imports a whopping 65% of all red Bordeaux, it imports just 2% of white Bordeaux.


A. Vatican City

B. Milan

C. Buenos Aires

D. Paris


Although it’s tempting to think that Vatican City might claim this honor, more wine is drunk in Paris than any other city in the world, according to INSEEC Business School in France. Collectively, Parisians drink nearly 700 million bottles of wine per year. That’s about 69 bottles per person over the age of 15 annually. Statistics also reveal that the average Parisian drinks a glass of wine 5 days a week. Wait; what happens on the other two?


A. Barolo

B. Burgundy

C. Port

D. Argentine malbec


I suppose one could argue that a lot of wines could satisfy as the answer. But Port has an especially noteworthy history in this regard. The vast majority of Portugal’s famous Port firms were begun by British men. Their names – among them, Sandeman, Croft, Graham, Cockburn, Dow, and Warre – are today synonymous with the country’s greatest Port wines. British men, in fact, were not only Port’s founders but also its most ardent, if exclusionary, advocates. The quintessential “man’s drink,” Port was historically brought out (with great celebration and obligatory cigars) only after women had “retired” to another room. In fact, it wasn’t until 1843 that women were allowed at all in the dining room of The Factory House, the famous elegant meeting place for British Port merchants in Oporto. In the 1980s, I was allowed to visit The Factory House, but only in the company of a man who was a member.