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. What is soutirage?
D. Racking. Racking is moving the wine from one barrel to another. This process is done to both clarify the wine (the lees are left behind in the first barrel) and can help stabilize the wine.
2. Which of the following is not used in the making of Cava?
B. Glera. Glera is a variety most often used in the production of Prosecco.
3. What is the second most planted white grape in Germany?
C. Mûller-Thurgau. Riesling, as you may have surmised, is #1.
4.Which of the following varieties is native to the Alto-Aldige region of Italy?
Bonus Question: Who is this? And what is his connection to wine?
This is none other than Gary Vaynerchuck. Gary is perhaps best well known for his incredibly popular Wine Library TV web videos. He was also a pivotal component of his father’s wine business, Wine Library in Springfield, NJ. He is now concentrating on social media.
That means we have two winners! Julian from VinoInLove and perpetual winner Talk-a-Vino (who also got the bonus correct). We had a few others comment, but were a tad too shy to chime in–come on folks! No penalty for taking a shot!
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. Which of the following does not belong?
2. What percentage of the vines planted in Rioja are red?
3. Which of the following does not belong?
a. Clairette Ronde
d. Trebbiano di Soave
4.Which of the following would you likely serve at just slightly below room temperature?
a. Saint Amour
b. Saint Bris
d. Dizy Premier Cru
Bonus Question: Who is this?
Good luck! Answers next week!