Wine Trivia Wednesday–#63

Well, it is Wednesday again, and time for the Weekly Wine Quiz. Last week, the Quiz was comprised of a few general wine knowledge questions, which we need to address first.

1. How many lakes are there in the Finger Lakes wine region?

a. Four 
b. Five 
c. Ten 
d. Eleven

D. Eleven. While there are four main lakes in the region, five fingers on one hand and ten on two hands, there are 11 lakes in the Finger Lakes Wine Growing region (they are called “finger” lakes due to their shape, not number).

2. Put the following German terms in order from least to most ripe:

a. Auslese 
b. Beerenauslese 
c. Kabinett 
d. Spätlese

Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese

3. What is a Gönc?

a. A town in Slovakia known for sweet wines. 
b. A cask used in the production of Hungarian wines. 
c. What they call the "bung" in Austria. 
d. The stuff at the bottom of a bottle of old Cabernet.

B. A cask. While there is a town in Hungary named Gönc, the term in re wine refers to the cask used for Tokaji wine.

4. What is the fastest way to chill a bottle of wine?

a. Put an ice sleeve around the bottle. 
b. Put the bottle in the freezer 
c. Put the bottle in a bucket of ice. 
d. Put the bottle in salty ice water.
D. Salty ice water. Salt lowers the temperature at which ice melts, so this is the quickest combination.
Bonus Question: Who is this? And what is his connection to wine?

This is NASCAR racing legend Jeff Gordon, who owns a winery named cleverly enough Jeff Gordon Wines.

That means we have just one who got all the questions right (except the bonus)–Talk-a-Vino, but we had a few new participants this week, so thanks to all who played last week!

On to this week’s quiz. Once again, instead of focusing on one wine region, the quiz this week is a hodgepodge of wine trivia. So in no particular order:
1. What is soutirage?
a. Blending 
b. Filtration 
c. Punchdowns 
c. Racking
2. Which of the following is not used in the making of Cava?
a. Chardonnay 
b. Glera 
c. Macabeo 
d. Xarel-lo
3. What is the second most planted white grape in Germany?
a. Gewürztraminer 
b. Grüner-Veltliner 
c. Müller-Thurgau 
d. Riesling
4.Which of the following varieties is native to the Alto-Aldige region of Italy?
a. Aglianico 
b. Garganega 
c. Lagrein 
d. Verdicchio
Bonus Question: Who is this? And what is his connection to wine?
Quiz63Good luck! 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.
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13 Responses to Wine Trivia Wednesday–#63

  1. talkavino says:

    1. Soutirage = racking
    2. Glera – grape used to make Prosecco
    3. Müller-Thurgau
    4. Lagrein
    Bonus: Gary Vaynerchuk, legendary creator of, a long run series of internet video wine tasting and education broadcasts


  2. mrsugarbears says:

    I did terrible. Great questions!


  3. Worry not, mrsugarbears, I did poorly as well. Fun though. 🙂


  4. sagedoyle says:

    I am awarding you the Blog of the Year Award 2013 as an expression of my gratitude for following “The Journal of Wall Grimm” blog. You can see the post here: If you don’t accept awards, that’s no problem at all. Awarding you is my way to thank you and it is of no insult to me if you decline.


  5. vinoinlove says:

    1. D – Racking
    2. Glera. It’s mainly used for producing Prosecco in Veneto, Italy.
    3. C – Müller Thurgau
    4. C – Lagrein
    5. Not sure who the guy is…
    Fun quiz! Good to see a few questions about Italian varieties on your blog 🙂


  6. rhchatlien says:

    Well, my one guess last week was correct, but this week I’m back to knowing nothing. 🙂


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