Last time, I set you a wine quiz to test your knowledge and, hopefully keep you amused for a little while. Those who tried the questions are, I’m sure, keen to know the answers and find out how well they did.
Question 1: The grapes used to make Prosecco are grown in vineyards about 50 miles north of Venice so answer (b) is correct.
Question 2: Margaret River is in Western Australia and so grapes from there could not be included in a bottle labelled ‘Wine of South-East Australia’. Answer (c) is the one you were looking for.
Question 3: The highest altitude commercial vineyard in the world is Colomé Altura in northern Argentina at 3111m (10206 ft) above sea level. Answer (d) is correct.
Question 4: Answer (a) Sicily – it not only produces the most wine of any Mediterranean island, it also produces more than the total of the other 3 islands named in the question taken together.
Question 5: Rosado, Blush and Chiaretto are all terms for rosé wine. The odd one out is therefore (d) Tinto, which signifies a red wine in Spain and Portugal.
Question 6: I share my birth year with the first vintage of Penfolds Grange, so, although I would like the answer to be either (a), (b) or (c), the correct answer is (d) 1950s (and I’ll leave those of you who are interested to Google the actual year!)
Question 7: the ‘Chateau’ part of the name may sound French but Musar is actually Lebanon’s most famous wine. You were looking for answer (c).
Question 8: Vintage Champagne must age for a minimum period of 3 years before it can be sold, so the most recent vintage you might find to buy now, in early 2021, is (c) 2017. Earlier vintages will, of course, still be available but the 2018 and subsequent vintages are still ageing.
Question 9: The word ‘Trocken’ in German means dry so answer (c) is correct. But beware: you might also see the word ‘trockenbeeren’ on a label which translates as ‘dried berries’ and a wine made from dried berries will usually be sweet.
Question 10: you are looking for answer (d) Luxembourg. Citizens of that country consume an average of more than 60 litres of alcohol per person per year. By comparison, here in the UK, the figure is 24.
So, how did you do? If you got 9 or 10 correct: you are a Grand Cru wine quizzer; 7 or 8: Premier Cru; 5 or 6: Cru Bourgeois; 3 or 4: Vin Ordinaire; Less than 3: so long as you enjoy your wine, does it really matter?
Hope this quiz kept you amused and interested. Take Care and Stay Safe.