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:
1. What are the advantages of a cold (first) fermentation? There are several advantages: helps retain fruit aromas (heat can result in “stewed” or muted aromas/flavors), can help prevent a “stuck” fermentation (excessive heat can kill the yeast), and can inhibit the growth of unwanted micro-organisms.
2. Why would you possibly want to prevent malolactic fermentation? In brief, by preventing a malolactic fermentation, you retain a more vibrant acidity and fruit. Many wines will simply not benefit from a MLF–fruity wines such as Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Gris.
On to this week’s quiz:
I have been re-reading Richard Juhlin’s book, 4000 Champagnes, to help prepare for my trip to Champagne in a couple of weeks as a Tour Guide with Blue Marble Travel. Juhlin’s book 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 more questions I derived from the book:
1. In serving/consuming champagne, which of the following is considered rude?
- Making a “pop” sound when opening the bottle in a restaurant
- Pouring the champagne using two hands
- Pouring less than a full glass
- Putting the empty bottle upside down in the ice bucket
2. Which of the following is not true?
- The traditional champagne flute was originally designed to capture any sediment in the bottom of the glass.
- The champagne goblet, which is said to have been designed after the bust of Marie Antoinette, is also known as the “Hollywood glass”.
- The best glass for tasting vintage champagne is a crystal flute.
- The flute is the best glass to capture the bubbles.
3. Of the following, which is not a key element in sabrage?
- Removing all the foil from the bottle.
- Removing the cage (le muselet) and the capsule (la plaque du muselet).
- Finding the seam of the bottle.
- Having the bottle adequately chilled.
- Striking the bottle with a short, slightly downward stroke.
4. True or False: The inside of champagne glasses work best if they are perfectly smooth.
5. True or False: Dom Pérignon is always a vintage champagne.
Have fun with the quiz–answers next week!