Wine Trivia Wednesday–#64

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?
a. Blending 
b. Filtration 
c. Punchdowns 
d. Racking
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?
a. Chardonnay 
b. Glera 
c. Macabeo 
d. Xarel-lo
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?
a. Gewürztraminer 
b. Grüner-Veltliner 
c. Müller-Thurgau 
d. Riesling
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?
a. Aglianico 
b. Garganega 
c. Lagrein 
d. Verdicchio
 C. Lagrein.
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?
a. Amarone 
b. Bandolino 
c. Orvieto 
c. Soave
2. What percentage of the vines planted in Rioja are red?
a. 60% 
b. 70% 
c. 80% 
d. 90%
3. Which of the following does not belong?
a. Clairette Ronde 
b. Procanico 
c. Thalia
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 
c. Chassagne-Montrachet 
d. Dizy Premier Cru
Bonus Question: Who is this? Quiz 64
Good 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–#64

  1. 1 – a Amarone is a sweet wine, the others are dry
    2 – c or d, hard to decide but it’s definitely in the higher range
    3 – no idea
    4 – d, at least I think


  2. Brendan Meara says:

    Way under-qualified to take a stab at your quiz, but hooray for Gary Vee! The man is an inspiration, and any of his books make a great stocking stuffer for your best blogger friends!


  3. talkavino says:

    1. Jeff, if this is a trick question, Bandolino is Italian, but it is a shoe, not wine. If this is not a trick question, and Bandolino = Bardolino, the correct answer is c, Orvieto, as the rest of the wines come from Veneto, and Orvieto is located in Umbria and Lazio.
    2. I would go with c, 80%, but I’m sure it depends on your source
    3. I don’t have an answer for #3. All four grapes are clones of Trebbiano. Clairette Ronde seems to be growing in France, Thalia is in Portugal, and two others are in Italy. I can’t find the exclusion criteria 😦
    4. a, Saint Amour, as this is the only red wine in the group, and it is a cru Beaujolais which means that you don’t need to chill it oo much.
    Bonus: Andrea Immer?

    This was a tough one, you are getting serious, Jeff : )


  4. OK, I’ll take a stab this week, again, because of the bonus question. 🙂

    1. I know of Bandol and Bardolino, but can find no wine reference to Bandolino – Google leads me to believe they are boots (that my girlfriend would love). So, I’ll go with B.

    2. I’ll guess C – 80%

    3. According to the Oxford Companion to Wine, A, B and C are all names for Ugni Blanc/Trebbiano. But D, Trebbiano di Soave, is actually a verdicchio. So I’ll go with D. You’re sneaky, Kralik.

    4. I’ll go with A – Saint Amour. Beaujolais goes well with a slight chill. Did you make up D?

    Bonus: That is Master Sommelier Andrea Immer-Robinson – whose books have taught me more about how to taste and pair wine than any other source. I have given her first book “Great Wine Made Simple” to many friends who were just getting into wine and wanting to learn.


  5. binNotes© says:

    1. c – Orvieto is a wine region; the others are wines: dry reds (Amarone, Bardolino (not Bandolino shoes;) and dry white Soave.
    2. Actually, 85%, so split the difference and say c.
    3. c – Thalia, the Portuguese varietal of Italy’s Trebbiano; the other three are all Italian derivations of Trebbianno.
    4. d) Beaujolais – the red that drinks like a white…
    5) Bonus: Andrea Immer, ‘leaning in’ to the wonderful world of wine.


  6. vinoinlove says:

    1.Orvieto DOC is a wine from Umbria and Lazio wheras the others are wines from Italy’s Veneto region.
    2. Different sources claim different numbers but most say around 80%-85%.
    3. I’m not sure what you’re looking for here. Clairette Ronde, Procanico, Thalia and Trebbiano di Soave are all synonyms for Trebbiano. Procanico and Trebbiano di Soave are grown in Italy. Thalia in Bulgaria and Portugal. Clairette Ronde in France where it is also known as Ugni Blanc.
    4. Saint Amour
    5. Andrea Immer-Robinson


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