It is time for our weekly wine quiz here at Vino in Love. But before we get to this week’s edition I will give you my answers for last week’s wine quiz.
Wine Quiz #28 – Answers
Briefly explain what type of wine a Novello is. Novello is the very first red wine of a new vintage. Novello is usually consumed within the first three months of its release and is not made for aging. Novello literately means the new one.
Up for some geography? Match the following reputable wineries to their corresponding region on the map.
Tenuta dell’Ornellaia – E (Tuscany)
iGreco – B (Calabria)
Les Crêtes – A (Aosta Valley)
Trabucchi d’Illasi – D (Veneto)
Azienda Agricola Valentini – C (Abruzzo)
Petite Arvine is an old white grape that is predominantly grown in Wallis, Switzerland and which other region? D – Aosta Valley, Italy.
True or false: Nero d’Avola is of Greek origin but is now the most important red grape for Sicilian wines. False. Nero d’Avola is not of Greek origin. The grape is said to have originated in Avola, Sicily and is today the most important red grape for Sicilian wines.
When it comes to oak many traditional Italian wineries, especially from Piedmont, are skeptical towards French and American oak. Which type of oak do they prefer? What are the benefits of that type of oak? Italian wineries have a long tradition of using Slavonian Oak. Slavonia is a historic region and is part of Croatia. Slavonian oak is said to give Barolo and Ghemme, two of the most important red wines from Piedmont, its complexity and structure.
Wine Quiz #29
On to this week’s quiz.
True or false: Welschriesling and Rheinriesling are two names for the same grape.
What do the wineries Harlan Estate, Opus One Winery and Screaming Eagle Winery & Vineyards have in common?
What was Napoleon Bonaparte’s favorite wine during his exile?
Central Valley is an appellation from
A) South Africa
Briefly explain the characteristics of Chablis AOC.
Happy quizzing! Remember you have nothing to lose. My answers are coming on Friday.
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