It is almost midnight in Germany and I just returned from the SlowWine trade fair. It was fantastic. We got to try so many good wines but I will write one or two articles about SlowWine in the next days. But since today is Thursday that also means that it is time for our weekly wine quiz answers. If you do not remember the questions anymore then follow this link.
The first question was maybe a bit tricky but most of you got it right. The correct answer is C – Bardolino. Why? Because Nuragus and Montepulciano are also the name of grapes whereas Bardolino is simply the name of a comune. Bardolino DOC is usually produced with a variety of Veronese grapes including Molinara and Oseleta.
In question 2 I asked you how pink wine is produced. There are two possible answers. Traditionally pink wine is produced from red grapes without skin (or with just very little skin). In Piedmont it is very common to produce rosato from Nebbiolo grapes for example. The other possible answer would be that pink wine is a blend of red and white wine. In many countries this is prohibited. As far as I know there is no Italian DOC that allows this procedure but it is quite common in France. I am not a big fan of this. To me a blend of white and red wine is not a “real” pink wine.
Question 3 was about Friulano. The correct answer is B – Sauvignon Vert. Red Moscatel is another name for Aleatico. Pinot Giallo is also known as Chardonnay and outside of Australia Shiraz is known as Syrah.
With the help of Google, question 4 was probably very easy. Otherwise I assume that this question was the most challenging one. The image below shows the 15 wines and therefore the correct answer. Click the image to view it in high resolution (1998×1148).
The last question was about Vin Santo. The most widely spread theory is that the wine was used during the holy mass and therefore the wine became known as Vin Santo (Holy Wine). There are two more theories that try to explain the name of Vin Santo. One is that a monk from Siena used Vin Santo to cure people from disease during the 14th century. The other theory says that long time ago in Florence patriarch (of the Orthodox Church) Giovanni Bessarion said this wine is like Xhantos. Xhantos is a famous dessert wine from Thrace. The Florentines understood that the patriarch called the wine Vin Santo and therefore adopted that name.
This week we have multiple winners: The Drunken Cyclist,Wineking3 and Armchairsommelier. Congratulations! Enjoy your bragging rights! Sean P. and Drinkforlife came close but only named 13 out of the 15 wines on question 3.
If you did not win then do not worry. Next Monday we will have a new wine quiz.
That is all for today! In case you missed yesterday’s guest post from David Bryce about wine making in Idaho then you find it here.