Wine Quiz #12

Weekly wine quiz #12

It is time for our weekly wine quiz here at Vino in Love. I hope you all had a good weekend! As usual I have five brand new questions for you. Simply use the comment section below to answer them. Let’s get ready!

Question 1)
Which of the following statements is true?
A) Sangria is named after the Spanish word for “fruit”.
B) The Metodo Martinotti was invented by an oenologist from Asti.
C) Gavi is a grape varietal.
D) Petite Sirah and Syrah are two names for the same grape.

Question 2)
Briefly explain what an Amarone is.

Question 3)
SPQR bannerPassum was an ancient sweet wine from Carthagian Empire and the Roman Empire. Which of the following wines comes closest to the ancient passum wine?
A) Recioto della Valpolicella
B) Cognac
C) Passito di Pantelleria
D) Aleatico di Puglia.

Question 4)
Red wine is usually served at room temperature; white wine chilled. Explain why there are different serving temperatures.

Question 5)
We all know that there are hundreds of thousands of different grapes out there but do you know which grape is the most planted one in the world? Where is it from? Can you name the second most widely planted grape in the world, too?

Happy quizzing! Answers are coming on Thursday. Remember, you got nothing to lose! The ultimate prize: Bragging-rights for one week! Previous versions of the weekly wine quiz can be found here.

13 comments on “Wine Quiz #12”

  1. Sean P. Reply

    1. A
    2. Sweet, red wine from Italy. Usually high in alcohol. Often ages for five years or more before being released on the market.
    3. D – Aleatico di Puglia
    4. At low temperature the acidity of white wines is more intense. Chilled red wines tend to be bitter.
    5. Most planted grape is Chardonnay. Second most planted is Merlot. Chardonnay is mostly grown in France Australia and the US.

  2. hannah-theis hannah-theis Reply

    Well I know that Gavi is grape from Piedmont. And I think red wine is served at room temperature because when it’s served too cold it gets bitter and when it’s served too warm then the alcohol starts dominating the wine. I believe that white wine is drank cold because of when it’s warm the aromas tend to get lost or so : -)

  3. the drunken cyclist Reply

    1. B
    2. Amarone is an Italian red wine. After the grapes are harvested, they are set out on straw mats to dry out a bit, thereby intensifying the flavors and sugars.
    3. C.
    4. the easy answer is ‘tradition’. Acidity becomes ‘magnified’ when a wine is chilled which helps a white, but disturbs the balance in a red (although reds are generally served too warm and whites too cold most of the time).
    5. This is a tough one since no one really knows for sure and it depends on what you mean. If you mean grape in general then it is likely Thompson seedless. If you mean vinifera grapes, then it depends on whom you consider the authority. Wikipedia claims it is Airen (followed by Trebbiano). Other sites claim it is a virtual tie between Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot (with the slight edge to Cab).

    • vino in love Reply

      Thank you for playing.
      *Spoiler alert* If you haven’t answered the quiz yet but intend to do so then you might want to stop reading here.

      Jeff, you are right regarding question 5 that different sites claim different grapes.
      To my understanding Airen is the most widely planted grape for wine production. My sources include ‘The Oxford Companion to Wine’ written by Jancis Robinson. Airen is followed by Trebbiano. Winegeek, Wikipedia claim the same thing.
      Thompson Seedless (also known as Sultana) is the most widely planted raisin grape.
      Next to the above sources, Wine Spectator writes that Airen is the most widely planted grape for wine production. Therefore the solution for question 5 would be Airen and Trebbiano.
      If you disagree with this then please let me know because then I will look more into this.
      In the future I try to make less controversial questions.

  4. drinkforlife Reply

    1. B
    2. Amarone della Valpolicella is an expensive Italian red wine. Amarone tends to have a high sugar level and usually ages for many years in oak barrels. Before fermentation the grapes are set out on straw mats for around 40 days where they lose around 70% of their weight..
    3. C.
    4. It’s tradition to serve white wine chilled and red wine a little bit below room temperature
    5. Wikipedia says Airen, a grape from Spain, is the most widley planted grape. It is followed by Trebbiano. Trebbiano is mostly planted in Italy and France. The French use it for Cognac production. In Italy it is often used to blend wines. Orvieto DOC is an example of a white wine completely made from Trebbiano grapes.

  5. winetalks winetalks Reply

    1. C
    2. Amarone is a red wine from the Veneto region in Italy. it is produced with Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella and Molinara grapes. The grapes are set out on straw mats for 30-40 days where they lose a lot of weight and gain lots of sugar. Amarone ages usually 5 years in French oak and is known for its rich bouquet. Some say it’s Italy’s best wine.
    3. C
    4. White wine is chilled because it tasted quite horrible when being served at room temperature. The bouquet of a white wine can express itself much better when the wine has been chilled. Red wines tend to lose their balance when being served cold. If they are served above room temperature then alcohol will dominate the wine.
    5. Chardonnay and Cabernet are the two most widely planted grapes in the world.

  6. talkavino Reply

    Q1: The Metodo Martinotti was invented by an oenologist from Asti (as you told us in your most popular post of 2012 : ) )
    Q2: Amarone is produced out of the grapes which are dried on the straw mats for an extended period of time (so called method Appassimento) and practically becoming raisins. As the result it is usually pretty expensive wines of a great intensity
    Q3: C) Passito di Pantelleria
    Q4: This question doesn’t have a straightforward answer, and also the notion of “cold white and room temperature red” doesn’t work with many styles of wines. Also you need to go deep inside chemistry to provide a really good answer. However, many whites taste better chilled as chilling brings up the acidity and makes wine to taste fresher. and crispier. Heavier reds, especially those which have tannins, will taste bitter if they are chilled too much
    Q5: Again, this is the tough question, as you need to specify the year for which the statistics will apply – also different sources will provide different info… So according to Dr. Vinny from Wine Spectator, the most planted grape is Thompson seedless ( all over the world), and the second most planted grape is Airen from Spain

    • vino in love Reply

      Thanks for playing Anatoli.

      I already regret asking question 4 and 5. They aren’t as straightforward as I hoped they would be. I’ll probably just accept most “good” answers since different sites claim different things.
      At question 5 I went with Jancis Robinson’s The Oxford Companion to Wine which claims Airen and Trebbiano to be the most planted grapes. Maybe Robinson only considered grapes for wine production.

      The other answers come on Thursday 😉

      • talkavino Reply

        No worries – this comes with the territory : ) The only way to always do things right is not to do anything (not sure that even this is correct).

        I’m learning as I go myself – many times I had inclinations to ask about “the biggest XYZ” or “the oldest XYZ” and so on, and little by little I understood that in today’s world, a lot of claims are made but there is no real way to know 100%, so some of the things are better to be simply avoided…

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