You might be an oenophile, but are you a Rasteau-farian too? Take this brief 7 question wine quiz to find out.
I was able to sample a few Rasteau wines generously provided by Rhone Valley Vineyards. Since I had never heard of this region before, I thought I should do some research.
The result is this quiz with food pairing posts to follow. Test your knowledge of Rasteau red wines with these 7 questions.
#1 Where is Rasteau located?
a. On a beautiful island in the Caribbean Ocean
b. In the Southern Rhone Valley of France
c. Approximately 200 meters above sea level, surrounded by plains and forests, perched just 15 miles northeast of Chateauneuf de Pape
#2 The weather in Rasteau is:
a. Hot, humid, and tropical
b. Mediterranean with hot, dry summers
c. Hot days from south facing canyons, cool nights, and calming Mistral winds
#3 Rasteau earned its official AOC designation in:
a. the 1930s
b. Not until the 21st century
c. 2010 but prior to that it was part of the Cote du Rhone AOC since 1937
#4 Rasteau is primarily composed of:
c. At least 50% Grenache with some Syrah and Mourvedre and smaller amounts of other grapes such as Cinsault and Carignan and
#5 Rasteau could be described as:
a. A new religious and social movement
b. Full bodied, structured, and aromatic
c. Having broad shoulders, bold yet accessible, masculine, and powerful
#6 The soil in Rasteau might look like:
a. A color palette of red, green, gold, and black
b. Clay and limestone
c. A higher proportion of clay, skeletal soils on marl, red soil on top of sandstone, and lots of pebbles
#7 Rasteau is famous for:
a. Bob Marley
b. Bold GSM blended wines
c. Vin Doux Natural (VDN), fortified sweet wines made that have been made in the region for hundreds of years
If you answered mostly c, congratulations! You are a true Rasteau-farian with a solid knowledge of Rasteau wines.
If you answered mostly b, props! You are definitely a French oenophile.
If you answered mostly a, you may be a Rastafarian instead of a Rasteau-farian. Rastafarianism holds that blacks are the chosen people, smoking ganja achieves better meditation, and dreadlocks are a symbol of the Lion of Judah.
Rasteau-farians, on the other hand, may hold that French wine is the chosen alcohol, you should have more of it in your cellar than you can drink, and screw caps are a symbol of the New World.
Learn more about Rasteau wine
Check out these #winophile writers to continue reading about Rasteau wines:
Camilla from Culinary Adventures with Cam Shares “A Birthday Tradition + Side-by-Side Sips of Domaine de Verquière Rasteau”
David from Cooking Chat Food Writes About “Chicken Lentil Stew and Rhone Wine from Rasteau”
Gwendolyn from Wine Predator says “Go Grenache, Go Rasteau”
Jane from Always Ravenous Writes About “Flavors of Provence Paired with Rhône Rasteau Wines”
Jeff from Food Wine Click Explains “Rasteau and the Côtes du Rhône Quality Pyramid”
Kat from The Corkscrew Concierge Explain How She is “Expanding my Rhône Valley Palate with Rasteau Wine”
Linda from My Full Wine Glass Writes about “Basking in the Glow of Rasteau” #Winophiles
Liz from What’s in That Bottle Says, “You Like Big Reds? Get to Know Rasteau”
Lynn from Savor the Harvest writes about “Rhone Valley Rasteau Cru – A New Generation Wine With Duck Confit #winophiles”
Martin from Enofylz Writes About “Getting To Know Rasteau”
Nicole from Somm’s Table Shares “Five Nights of Rasteau”
Pinny from Chinese Food & Wine Pairings Writes About “One Rabbit, Two Turkey Drumsticks and Four Rasteau Wines”
Payal from Keep the Peas writes about “Rasteau: Not So Rustic in the Southern Rhone”
Robin from Crushed Grape Chronicles writes about “Fall, Thanksgiving and the flavors of Rasteau”
Rupal from Syrah Queen writes, “Rasteau – Exploring The Gems of Southern Rhone”
Wendy from A Day in the Life on the Farm Shares “A German-Style Shepherds Pie with a French Rasteau”
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