Another Wednesday and time for another wine quiz. Before we get to this week’s enthralling questions, I need to address last week’s quiz.
All of last week’s questions are based on a photo:
- What is the French name for this? The French name for this contraption is a ‘pupître‘ which is also the word for ‘desk’ (as in a student’s desk).
- What is its exact purpose (no, it is not a rack to store wine)? The pupître was traditionally used in the riddling process in Champagne. One of the byproducts of the secondary fermentation of champagne is the dead yeast cells (called ‘lees’) that remain trapped in the bottle. The method of riddling (‘remuage’ in French) was developed to remove them which helped clarify the wine. Basically, the bottles were turned a quarter turn at a time while also being slightly inverted. This process would take a couple of weeks, but would end with all the lees in the neck of the bottle, which would then be frozen, the bottle inverted, the bottle cap quickly removed, and the small ice cube containing the lees would pop right out.
- Who is credited with inventing it? Two people are generally credited with inventing this process: the Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin (of the eponymous champagne) and her partner Anton Müller.
- According to ‘legend’ what was the very first one made out of? Legend has it that the first pupître was made out of Veuve Clicquot’s kitchen table.
This all means that we had multiple winners this week–Vinoinlove, thefoodandwinehedonist, Talk-a-Vino, and a newcomer (welcome!) Bovarij. Honorable mention goes to cupcaketravels who answered the first three questions correctly.
On to this week’s quiz.
- What is this process called?
- Why is it called that?
- Why do winemakers do it?
- Let’s say you had the equivalent of a standard barrel of wine that was at 21 Brix. How much sugar would you have to add to raise it to the equivalent of 25 Brix?
- About 2 pounds
- About 4 pounds
- About 20 pounds
- About 40 pounds
5. In which of the following regions is the process allowed?
- The Sonoma Coast (but only for white wines)
- Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
- Austrian Grüner Veltliner
- Swiss Chasselas
Best of luck with the quiz–answers next week!