It is Wednesday again and it is time for another installment of Wine Trivia Wednesday. Before we get to this week’s quiz, we need to get to the answers from last week. The last few weeks, the focus has been on Champagne. As I mentioned a few weeks ago, this summer I will be heading to the region to lead a bike trip as a Tour Guide with Blue Marble Travel (be sure to go check them out, it is a fun company). I am very excited about the trip–even excited to drink Belgian beers.
I figure we stay in the realm of Champagne since, well, it is about the only thing I know.
- What do you call the wire contraption that holds the cork on a bottle of Champagne? The wire cage is called the muselet.
- What is the French term for the little metal cap that forms part of the wire contraption? The cap is called the Plaque de Muselet
- What is the “magic number” associated with removing the wire contraption? The “magic number” I was looking for was 6 (some have claimed it is actually 6.5)–that is the number of half turns required to remove the muselet from the bottle.
That means that once again there was exactly one winner from last week. And once again it was the Armchairsomelier who again went a perfect 3/3! Honorable mention goes to WineKing3 (who does not have a blog as far as I can tell), thefoodandwinehedonist, and VinoinLove, all of whom got 2/3 correct.
On to this week’s quiz:
I figure we stay in the realm of Champagne since, well, I am on a bit of a roll.
- What does “RM” on a bottle of Champagne mean?
- Most people know that the Champagne is made from the blending of three grape varieties (there are others, but they are close to insignificant). Occasionally, Champagne is made from just one of these three–which of the “big three” most rarely “stands alone” in the bottle?
- What house produces the most bottles of Champagne annually? Can you also name #2 and #3?
Have fun with the quiz–answers next week!