With no courses or tastings running for the foreseeable future, I put a wine quiz on the Stoke Lodge website to keep the students amused and their brains active during these difficult times. The questions – with 4 possible answers for each – are shown below. Try them for yourself. It’s just for fun and there are no prizes. Just to let you know, 2 people with reasonably good wine knowledge each scored 7 out of 10, so, perhaps it’s not as easy as it looks at first.
1 What is the most widely planted wine grape in the world?
(a) Pinot Grigio (b) Merlot (c) Chardonnay (d) Cabernet Sauvignon
2 Where would you be most likely to find a wine made from the grape variety St. George?
(a) Greece (b) New Zealand (c) England (d) Portugal
3 Chablis is made from which grape variety?
(a) Chenin Blanc (b) Chardonnay (c) Sauvignon Blanc (d) Pinot Grigio
4 Which country of the world has the largest acreage of vines planted?
(a) Italy (b) Spain (c) Australia (d) France
5 Which of the following terms does not indicate a sparkling wine?
(a) Cremant (b) Cava (c) Cap Classique (d) Classico
6 From which Italian region does Chianti come from?
(a) Tuscany (b) Piedmont (c) Lombardy (d) Veneto
7 Sauvignon Blanc is New Zealand’s most popular grape variety. But when was it first planted there?
(a) 1873 (b) 1923 (c) 1953 (d) 1973
8 Which is the only French wine region that allows Riesling to be planted?
(a) Burgundy (b) Bordeaux (c) Alsace (d) Champagne
9 Where is the Casablanca wine region?
(a) Morocco (b) California (c) Chile (d) South Africa
10 Chateauneuf du Pape is usually made from a blend of different grape varieties. But how many varieties are now allowed in the blend?
(a) 18 (b) 10 (c) 7 (d) 3
Happy Thinking and Stay Safe. I’ll give you the answers next time.