Last year, I had a weekly theme called weekly wine quiz. Every week I posted a quiz which consisted of usually five questions and the following week I posted the answers. In July of 2013, I eventually ran out of questions and so the quiz came to an end after 29 editions. I had planned to relaunch the weekly wine quiz series for quite some time but things had gotten in-between. Anyways, here we go: Weekly Wine Quiz #30!
The first theme is called Italian Regions and will focus on Italy’s twenty regions. Today we will start with Lombardy.
Lombardy is situated in Northern Italy and borders Switzerland as well as the Italian regions Veneto and South Tyrol in the east, Piedmont in the west and Emilia-Romagna in the south. Roughly 1.5 million hectolitres of wine are produced in the region every year. The region’s winemaking traditions date back to the Greeks who settled along the Po river. Later on Etruscans, Romans and Venetians helped refining Lombard winemaking.
Famous poets like Horace and Virgil had praised the wines from Lombardy already in ancient Roman times. The region is especially known for its classic-method sparkling wines called Franciacorta and is also Italy’s production leader when it comes to those. The mountainous Valtellina valley on the Lombard-Swiss border and the lakeland area around the three lakes Iseo (see picture above), Garda and Como are the best areas in Lombardy to produce wine. It’s also worth noting that Milan, the regional capital, is Italy’s largest wine market.
Without further due, here are this week’s questions:
Q1: The Valtellina is famous for a red wine from partially dried grapes that undergo an appassimento process just like Amarone. Unlike most other passito wines this one is dry. What is the name of said wine?
Q2: Do you know what the most widely planted grape variety in Lombardy is? Hint: Take a look at the picture to your right (click to enlarge).
Q3: True or False: Nebbiolo is called Spanna in the Valtellina valley.
Q4: Which one does not belong and why?
A) Lugana DOC
B) Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOC
C) Montecucco Bianco DOC
Q5: Fill in the gaps:
Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and ___ are the three grape varieties that are permitted for Franciacorta, a classic-method sparkling wine. Franciacorta has to age a minimum of ___ months on the lees. That is 3 months longer than the minimum-aging on the less for Champagne! Thanks to Franciacorta’s huge success and increasing national and international demand it was awarded DOCG status in ___, making it one of five Lombard DOCG wines.
If you don’t know the answer to a question then I feel free to use other sources of information including Wine-Searcher and Google. There is no reason not to play because you really have nothing to lose and after all the quizzes are meant to be fun and are not supposed to intimidate anyone.
Good luck everyone! Unlimited bragging rights are up for grabs again! The answers are coming next Wednesday together with the next edition of the wine quiz. Cheers!