Welcome back! Today I have the solutions to this week’s wine quiz for you. If you missed the quiz or forgot the questions already then follow this link.
In Question 1 I gave you four wineries and four region that you had to mach. The correct matches are:
|1: Castello Banfi||C: Tuscany|
|2: Ferrari||A: Trentino-Alto Adige|
|3: Cantine Due Palme||D: Apulia|
Question 2 focused on the recent sale of a major US-wine magazine. The correct answer is B – Wine Advocate. Robert Parker decided to sell parts of his magazine to a group of Asian investors. Parker also steps down as editor in-chief handing over these responsibilities to Lisa Perrotti-Brown.
Question 3 proved to be the most controversial. I gave you four statements of which only one was true. My intentions here were to create a rather straight-forward question with the correct answer being D – Zinfandel and Primitivo are two names for the same grape. The Drunken Cyclist then pointed out that in the US Primitivo and Zinfandel are not to interchangeable names. Well in Europe they are. For example an Apulian producer of Primitivo could label his wine Zinfandel – and often they do, especially when they sell the wine overseas since Zinfandel is very popular there. The European Union is of the opinion that the results of DNA-researches have proven that Zinfandel and Primitivo are the same grape. Therefore, the European Union recognizes the name Zinfandel as a synonym for Primitivo since January 1999.(PDF-Document)
In question 4, I wanted to know how many possible ratings exist in Robert Parker’s 100-point rating system. The correct answer is C – 51. Robert Parker ranks wines on a scale of 50 to 100.
In the last question of this week’s wine quiz, I gave you four wines. Three of them can/must be produced with 100% Sangiovese grapes. The wine which cannot be produced with 100% Sangiovese was C – Bolgheri. Let’s have a look at the grape regulations for Bolgheri rosso DOC. Bolgheri rosso DOC can be produced with 0-100% Cabernet-Sauvignon, 0-100% Merlot, 0-100% Cabernet-Franc, 0-50% Syrah and 0-50% Sangiovese. You can download a complete list of the regulations (10 pages!) at Italian Ministry of Agriculture.
I am pleased to announce that we have two winners – Talk-A-Vino and Drinkforlife solved all five questions correctly! Congratulations, and enjoy your bragging-rights! It was no surprise to see that Talk-A-Vino‘s winning streak continues into the new year! Thanks to everyone for playing and if you didn’t win this week then don’t worry – next week we’ll have a new quiz!
If you missed yesterday’s wine review then you can find it here. The 2003 vintage from Azienda Agricola Bianchi’s Sizzano is highly recommended and very affordable.