Weekly Wine Quiz #32 – Piedmont

Wednesday is wine quiz time on Vino in Love but before we get to the quiz, here are the answers from last week’s edition.

Answers for Wine Quiz #31

Q1: True or False: Trento DOC is an appellation for white and rosé sparkling wines.

A1: True

Q2: In South Tyrol, Schiava is the most important grape variety but in Trentino the situation is very different. Below is a list of four popular grape varieties grown in Trentino. Can you sort them from least-widely planted to most-widely planted?

A) Pinot Grigio

B) Chardonnay

C) Merlot

D) Müller Thurgau

A2: Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Müller Thurgau, Merlot

Q3: The wine regions Trentino and South Tyrol are separated by a river. Do you know the name of said river? To your right is a picture of it.

A3: Adige

Q4: Trentino-Alto Adige straddles on the 46th parallel north which it shares with a famous French wine region. What is the name of this particular wine region?

A4: Central Burgundy

Q5: Fill in the gaps:

Trentino-Alto Adige is home to a highly aromatic grape called ___ that is named after the the village Termeno. Outside of Trentino-Alto Adige it is also grown with huge success in France, in particular in ___. This grape variety is responsible for some confusion in ___ where it was mistaken for the Portuguese variety Alvarinho until 2009.

A5: Gewürztraminer, Alsace, Australia

We have one winner this week: Frank a.k.a Winetalks answered all five questions correctly. Congrats! Enjoy your bragging rights.

Wine Quiz #32 – Piedmont

On to this week’s quiz. We are continuing the Italian Regions theme and today we are focusing on Piedmont.

Piedmont is located in the northwest of Italy and is also the second-largest region of the country. It borders France to the west, the Aosta Valley to the Aosta Valley to the north-east, Switzerland to the north, Lombardy to the east, the Emilia-Romagna to the south-east and Liguria to the south. The terrain is an alpine with lots of rivers, which explains the name of the region: Piedmont means the foot of the mountain.  There are sources that indicate that grapes have been cultivated in Piedmont since 4000 B.C.

Thanks to wines like Barolo and Barbaresco, the Piedmont became one of the world’s finest and most prestigious wine regions. No other region in Italy produces more DOCG wines than the Piedmont. Of course, Piedmont is not just a red-wine producing region. Cortese is the grape variety behind the well-known Gavi DOCG and over the last two decades, Piedmont discovered its ‘love’ for Moscato-based sweet sparkling wines.

Barolo Landscape

Barolo Landscape Photo by martin. License: CC BY-ND 2.0

Without further due, here are this week’s questions.

Q1: How many months does a Barbaresco have to age in oak before it can be put into commerce?

2007 Aldo Conterno - Cicala - Barolo Bussia DOCGQ2: Fill in the gaps:

Aldo Conterno, who passed away in ___ at the age of 81, was considered Italy’s most talanted wine maker. He produced stunning single-vineyard Barolo and his winery, Poderi Aldo Conterno, is in present-day operated by his three sons. Before Conterno decided to produce wine in Piedmont he emigrated to San Francisco with the intention to produce wine in ___ but his plans were interrupted when he was drafted by the U.S: Army and sent to Korea. Conterno eventually returned to Italy and opened his own winery, Poderi Aldo Conterno, in the town of ___. Throughout his life, Conterno refused to age his Barolo in French oak because he believed that it ruins the taste of Barolo. Instead he preferred ___ oak.

Q3: True or False: Barolo Chinato is a white wine.

 01.11.2014: Fixed a typo that caused some confusion. Sorry about that!

Q4: Which one does not belong and why?

A) Picoutener

B) Morellino

C) Chiavennasca

D) Spanna

Q5: Even though Nebbiolo is considered the “King of Piedmont” it is not the region’s most-planted grape variety. That is Barbera which is planted in roughly 30% of all Piedmontese vineyards. Name two Piedmontese appellations which are dedicated to Barbera.

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!


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11 comments on “Weekly Wine Quiz #32 – Piedmont”

  1. Andy Andy Reply

    Love Barbera Alba and Barolo!

    A1 36 months
    A2 ???
    A3 False. Isn’t Barolo Chinato a fortified wine?
    A4 Chiavenasca. I think that’s the name for Nebbiolo in Lombardy.
    A5 Barbera Alba and Barbera Asti.

    Hope I got some right!!

  2. winetalks winetalks Reply

    1. 18 months (36 months total)
    2. 2012; Napa; Barolo; Slavonian
    3. False
    4. Morellino is not a synonym for Nebbiolo; it’s a synonym for Sangiovese.
    5. Barbera d’Alba; Barbera d’Asti.

  3. talkavino Reply

    A1: Minimum 1 year in oak
    A2: 2012, Napa Valley, Slavonian
    A3: Assuming you are asking about Barolo Chinato, the answer is False – it is red wine
    A4: B, Morellino – the rest are the other names for the Nebbiolo grape
    A5: Barbera d’Alba and Barbera d’Asti

  4. Jeff Reply

    1. 12
    2. 2006. Napa Valley. Slavonian Oak (in botte)
    3. False. It’s a great dessert wine made from a base Barolo with additional spices (secret combination for each winery)
    4. A. Morellino. all the others are different names for the Nebbiolo grape grown elsewhere in Italy
    5. Barbera d’Asti, Barbera d’Alba

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