Time for Wine Trivia Wednesday, and since this is two weeks in a row, I think I will call this a ‘weekly’ feature here at the drunken cyclist. The last two days, I have been ‘hunkering down’ at home. I thought I would be able to use the time to write a bunch of posts, but, alas I had the two boys with me. Thus instead of writing, I became quite adept at cheating while playing every child’s board game out there. Before you get all indignant, I was cheating so that I would lose. And before you break out that ballot for father of the year, realize that I was trying to lose in hopes of shortening the game—Candyland, Chutes and Ladders and Sorry—those games simply never end!!
Wine trivia does end, however, usually resulting in an increased desire to have a glass of wine (so I guess in a way, very similar to the games mentioned above). First, a return to last week’s quiz, essentially ‘nailed’ by Vinoinlove (although he never mentioned Aligoté so he did not get full credit).
Last week’s questions:
- What is a traditional Kir? A traditional Kir is made with Crème de Cassis and a somewhat rare wine from Burgundy: Aligoté–a highly acidic wine that is less harsh with the addition of the black currant liqueur.
- Where did Kirs originate? Kirs originated in the 19th Century in Burgundy.
- Where does the name come from? The name came from the mayor of Dijon (Félix Kir) who reintroduced the drink after WWII. Even though he did not ‘invent’ the drink, his affinity for and promotion of the cocktail caused his name to become attached to it.
- What is a Kir Royale and/or a Kir Impériale? A Kir Royale is made with sparkling wine and Crème de Cassis. A Kir Impériale is made with Champagne and raspberry liqueur (traditionally this is Chambord, from the Loire Valley).
Just one more note: never use Champagne to make either Kirs or Mimosa. In the name of everything wholly, use just a much cheaper sparking wine.
This week’s question is short and straightforward:
Why do you often see rose bushes planted at the head of a row of vines?
Good luck answer next week (if I remember the ‘weekly’ feature).