It is time for this week’s wine quiz. We are continuing the Italian Regions and today it is all about Umbria but before we get to the questions we will go over the answers of last week’s edition.
Answers Wine Quiz #34
Q1: Amarone, a blend of red varieties, is among the most prestigious Veneto wines. Name two varieties, which are found in many Amarone blends.
A1: Any two of these five varieties work: Corvina, Rondinella, Oseleta, Corvinone, Molinara,
Q2: True or False: Valpolicella DOC is an appellation for both white and red wines.
A2: False. White wines cannot be labeled as Valpolicella DOC
Q3: What does the term appassimento describe?
A3: Appassimento is a process in which grapes get dried on either straw mats (traditional method) or in boxes. Appassimento is mostly associated with Recioto della Valpolicella and Amarone della Valpolicella but numerous (dessert) wines are produced from grapes that underwent an appassimento. For Amarone the grapes lose about 40%-55% of their weight; for Recioto up to 80%. By drying the grapes, the wines become more complex and full-bodied.
Q4: Garganega is the grape variety behind a famous Venetian wine. Do you know the name of this wine? (I’m looking for a specific wine but multiple answers are possible)
A4: Soave is the answer I was looking for. Bianco di Custoza (or simply Custoza) is also accepted.
Q5: What do the wines Bardolino DOC and Custoza DOC have in common?
A) They age very well (+15 years).
B) They are produced from partially dried grapes.
C) They are produced around Lake Garda.
D) They are sparkling wines
A5: C) They are produced around Lake Garda.
Wine Quiz #35
Umbria is a hilly region located in the heart of the Italian Peinsular and is bordered byTuscany, Lazio and Emilia-Romagna. It is the only Italian region that is neither has a coastline nor shares a border with a foreign country. Many centuries B.C. Umbria was settled by an Italic tribe called Umbri. The region is characterized by the fertile Tiber Valley in which the Umbri built their settlements. In present-day these fertile lands are used for agriculture including winemaking. In fact, the Umbri were among the first to grown grapes in the Tiber Valley – long before the Romans. When it comes to wine, then Umbria is the country’s fourth smallest producer in terms of quantity. Sandy and calcareous clay soil are found in many corners of Umbria.
Without further due, here are this week’s questions.
Q1: True or False: Tuscany produces about 3 times as much wine as its neighbor Umbria
Q2: Umbria is home to one of the world’s most tannic grapes. What is the name of this grape? (see picture)
Q3: Guess the appellation:
The red wines of this DOC title are based on Sangiovese, whereas the white ones are Grechetto-based. The appellation was created in 2010 and is therefore Umbria’s latest DOC title.
Q4: Orvieto DOC is probably Umbria’s most well-known wine and accounts for more than 80% of Umbria’s DOC. Even though a number of grape varieties can be used to produce Orvieto DOC, two of them are of particular importance. Can you name them?
Q5: Which of the following statements is false.
A) About 60% of Umbria’s wine production is white.
B) Montefalco Sagrantino, a powerful and complex red wine, is a blend of Sagrantino and Sangiovese.
C) Torgiano Rosso Riserva was the first Umbrian wine to be upgraded to DOCG status.
D) Less than 20% of Umbria’s wine production qualifies for DOC/DOCG status.
Bragging rights are up for grabs. Good luck everyone! My answers are scheduled for next Wednesday. Cheers!
Update December 3: The Wine Quiz series will continue in January.