Well, it is Wednesday again, and time for the Weekly Wine Quiz. Last week’s Quiz we returned to a random selection of wine trivia:
1. With all other factors being held constant, given two vineyards that are identical in every way except Vineyard B is 1000 feet higher than Vineyard A, which of the following is true:
a. Vineyard B will produce more fruit per acre.
b. Vineyard A is less susceptible to frost.
c. Vineyard B will produce wines higher in acidity.
d. Vineyard A is better suited for Pinot Noir.
C. Vineyard B will produce wines higher in acidity. I realize that I might catch a little heat for this one, but all things being equal, and given the other choices, only higher acidity will certainly occur at the higher elevation.
2. Of the following, which is not an advantage of harvesting grapes on a cool night?
a.It increases the grapes' acidity.
b. It decreases the possibility of a "stuck" fermentation.
c. It reduces the oxidation rate of the juice.
d. It slows the rate at which grape skins color the clear juice.
B. It decreases the possibility of a “stuck” fermentation.
3. What grape is used in the production of Manischewitz?
A. Concord. I can safely (and proudly) say that I have never tried Manischewitz.
4. Which of the following is not true?
a. American oak used in barrels is sawn, French is split.
b. American oak is seasoned outdoors, French oak is kiln dried.
c. American barrels are typically cheaper than French.
d. Only about 5% of an oak tree is used to make the best barrels.
B. American oak is seasoned outdoors, French oak is kiln dried. Being the tricky guy I am, these were reversed: American oak is kiln dried and French oak is seasoned outdoors.
Bonus question: Who is this?
From The Wine Spectator
This is none other than Helen Turley. If you do not recognize her name, you have more problems than a math book.
We did not have anyone get all the questions right last week, but you are all still winners in my book (clearly you have good taste concerning which blogs you read). Special shout-out to Caspernick who got three out of the four questions right, and the bonus. Congratulations!
On to this week’s quiz. I am out in California this week, being hosted by the Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley and Discover Santa Rosa, so I thought I would have the area as the theme this week:
1. What is Dry Creek Valley’s signature variety?
c. Pinot Noir
2. Of the following, which is not associated with Santa Rosa?
a. Michael Chiarello's Bottega Gran Fondo
c. Charles Schulz Museum
d. Levi's GranFondo
3. What year was Dry Creek Valley granted AVA status?
4. Of the following, which are Dry Creek Valley wineries?
a. Collier Falls
b. Del Carlo Winery
c. Kokomo Winery
d. Ridge Lytton Springs
e. Rued Vineyards
What winery is this?
Good luck! Answers next week!