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 have been re-reading Richard Juhlin’s book, 4000 Champagnes, which is an absolutely fantastic resource for Champagne, but it is also loaded with great information about wine in general (the new version of the book 8000 Champagnes is due out in November, so if you were looking to get me a gift….). Here are a few questions I derived from the book:
1) True or False: Malolactic Fermentation raises the overall acidity level of a wine.
False. The process of fermenting malic acid into lactic acid actually results in a loss of about a third of the overall acid level. This is at least part of the reason why wines that have gone through a full malolactic fermentation tend to be less tart than those that have not. Imagine the difference in acidity between apple juice (malic acid) and milk (lactic acid)–a bit over simplified, but you get the idea.
2) Which of the following Champagne Houses commonly use oak in the production of their champagnes?
a) Veuve Clicquot
c) Moêt et Chandon
A bit of a trick question: there are two answers. Both Krug and Bollinger use oak rather extensively.
3) Oxidized wines can best be described as:
a) smelling like a musty basement
b) smelling and tasting like Sherry
c) have the odor of a barnyard
d) tasting overly jammy
Oxidation results in wines that smell and taste like Sherry.
Well, we had one winner last week who answered all questions correctly, but she notified me via email, so I am not quite sure she wants her identity known. As for people who left a comment, both Damon at vineconnections.com and MyWeeklyWine came really, really close so they get the bragging rights for this week.
On to this week’s quiz.
I am continuing to peruse through 4000 Champagnes by Richard Juhlin and came up with these questions for the week:
- What are the two most common ways to prevent a wine going through malolactic fermentation?
- Other than the stylistic changes to the wine (e.g., flavor profile), what is the main advantage to having a wine go through malolactic fermentation?
- Almost all red wines go through malolactic fermentation, with a couple of notable exceptions. Can you name a red wine that does not?
- Bonus Question (that has nothing to do with wine): Where was the picture taken?
Have fun with the quiz–answers next week!
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