It is (close enough to) Wednesday and time again for Wine Trivia Wednesday. Before we get to this week’s quiz, here’s another look at last week’s:
1. Beaujolais is technically (at least for wine purposes) part of Burgundy. How is it that all of Beaujolais (for the most part) is made from Gamay while most of the other red wine from Burgundy is Pinot Noir? (For this answer to be correct, I am looking for the name of a dead white guy that was influential here). As many pointed out, it was Phillip the Bold, Duke of Burgundy, that had a huge influence on the Burgundy region back in the late 14th Century. He wanted to elevate the quality and prestige of the region’s wine, so he outlawed the cultivation of Gamay, calling it an ‘evil and disloyal grape’. Beaujolais, just to the south of Burgundy (and not under the control of Phillip) continued to plant and cultivate Gamay since it was much higher yielding and easier to cultivate.
2. How many ‘Cru’ villages are there in Beaujolais? Name them.
There are ten:
Cote de Brouilly
Moulin à Vent
- Which is the largest? Brouilly
- Which is the smallest? Chénas
- Which is generally considered the most prestigious?
Vinoinlove brought up a good point–it depends on who is asking, but when the word ‘generally’ is included, most would agree that it is Moulin-à-Vent (which as armchairsomm pointed out, means ‘windmill’ and windmills are cool).
Thus, we have two winners this week, the aforementioned armchaisommelier and newcomer Chris Larkin (whose blog I have looked for on a number of occasions, but I can’t seem to find).
On to this week’s quiz. I tried to come up with a unifying theme for this week’s quiz, but I failed miserably, so just pretend that there is not usually a unifying theme and you won’t be disappointed.
Which of the following does/do not belong? Justify your response as there may be more than one right answer:
- Alsace, Champagne, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Pommard, Sancerre, Savoie.
- Banyuls, Cahors, Gigondas, St. Joseph, St. Julien, Tavel.
- Ajaccio, Montbazillac, Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh, Pecharmant.
- Bourgeuil, Chinon, Madiran, Pomerol, Vouvray.