Wine Trivia Wednesday—5/15/13

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.

  1. What do you call the wire contraption that holds the cork on a bottle of Champagne? The wire cage is called the muselet.
  2. 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
  3. 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.

  1. What does “RM” on a bottle of Champagne mean?
  2. 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?
  3. What house produces the most bottles of Champagne annually? Can you also name #2 and #3?


Have fun with the quiz–answers next week!

About the drunken cyclist

I have been an occasional cycling tour guide in Europe for the past 20 years, visiting most of the wine regions of France. Through this "job" I developed a love for wine and the stories that often accompany the pulling of a cork. I live in Houston with my lovely wife and two wonderful sons.
This entry was posted in Champagne, Trivia. Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Wine Trivia Wednesday—5/15/13

  1. talkavino says:

    1. RM stands for Récoltant Manipulant – it is an indication of growers champagne – very popular lately.
    2. Pinot Meunier is very rarely “stands alone” in the production of champagne.
    3. The stats are not easy to find! based on the numbers for 2011, Moet & Chandon is #1 with approximately 25,000,000 bottles, Veuve Clicquot is #2 and Nicolas Feuillatte is #3. It is interesting that there an order of magnitude difference between #1 and #10 (Perrier Jouet)


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.