Wine Quiz #8 – Solutions

Time for the weekly wine quiz solutions. You can find this week’s wine quiz here.

Question 1
Tuscany is home to all of the following wines but one. Name the wine and determine where it’s from
A) Morellino di Scansano
B) Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
C) Sagrantino di Montefalco
D) Vernaccia di San Gimignano
Correct answer: C – Sagrantino di Montefalco comes from one of Tuscany’s bordering regions Umbria.

Question 2
Name any 3 DOCG wines from Veneto.
Correct answer: Any of three of the following 14 wines were required to solve the question: Amarone della Valpolicella, Bagnoli Friularo, Bardolino Superiore, Colli Asolani-Prosecco, Colli di Conegliano, Conegliano Valdobbiaene – Prosecco, Fior d’arancio Colli Euganei, Lison, Montello Rosso (Montello), Piave Malanotte, Recioto della Valpolicella, Recioto di Gambellara, Recioto di Soave, Soave Superiore

Question 3
Who bottled Italy’s very first rosato (pink wine)? Tell the story behind it.
Correct answer: Apulian winery Leone de Castris is said to have bottled the very first Italian rosato on a large scale production. The wine which is named Five Roses is still bottled today. The Five Roses was first ordered by an American general during World War II.

Question 4
How many months does Barolo need to age in oak barrels in order for the wine to be classified as Barolo DOCG?
A) 12
B) 9
C) 36
D) 18
Correct answer: D. Barolo needs to age at least 18 months in oak barrels according to the Italian government agency which sets the rules for Italian wine classifications.

Question 5
Not every Italian region produces DOCG classified wines. Which of the following regions don’t produce any?
A) South Tyrol
B) Marche
C) Basilicata
D) Umbria
Correct Answer: A and C. Neither South Tyrol nor Basilicata have any DOCG classified wines.

This week we have two winners: theducksong and RiojaChianti solved all five questions correctly! Congratulations to the winners and thanks to everybody for playing! Talk-A-Vino, Drinkforlife, Sean.P and wineking3 came close and solved 4 out 5 questions. The most difficult question seemed to have been question #5 where many of you only answered A – South Tyrol but also the Southern Italy region Basilicata has 0 DOCG wines.

If you want to learn more about the Five Roses then you can read my wine tastings about it. Last June I reviewed the 2011 vintage of it.

Next week there will be a new quiz where you can try to wine some bragging right : )

Update: Talk-A-Vino pointed out that the region Basilicata will have a DOCG wine – The Aglianico del Vulture DOCG (it’s already in production). The wine is not out on the market yet (earliest possible release will be November 2013) Therefore Question #5 has no valid solution and doesn’t count. This means that Sean P. and Talk-A-Vino also won this week’s wine quiz.  Congratulations!

6 comments on “Wine Quiz #8 – Solutions”

  1. talkavino Reply

    Sorry my friend, but your solution for the Q5 is incorrect: as of September 2011, Aglianico del Vulture Superiore, which is located in Basilicata, has the status of DOCG. Thus correct answer is only A, South Tyrol.

      • vino in love Reply

        Alright as far as I understand the situation Aglianico del Vulture DOCG wines do not yet exists. They will come out the earliest on November 1st 2013. But you are right that the Agency that regulates Ital wines upgraded the Aglianico del Vulture from DOC to DOCG in September 2011. I’ve added that info now to the solutions. Not sure how to value the question now since the wine with DOCG status won’t be available until 2013.

        • dr1nkforl1fe Reply

          why is the wine not available until the end of november 2013? that seems quite strange. anyways you should research your questions more carefully!! no point in playing a quiz if you don’t even know the answers to your own quiz…

          • Stefano

            It will not come out before end of 2013 because, after being awarded DOCG status in August 2010 and additional regulations being issued in November 2011, that of 2011 has also been the first harvest of grapes out of which AdV Superiore wine is going to be made. Since the regulations require a minimum of 24 months of aging for AdV Superiore and 36 for the variant Riserva, the first bottles of “base” AdV Superiore will come out at the end of 2013, while the first bottles of AdV Superiore Riserva will come out at the end of 2014.
            Still some time to kill before we can give it a good try!

          • vino in love

            @ Drinkforlife
            Stefano got the explanation right. The wine needs to age at least 12 months in oak and 12 months in the bottle prior to release and the wine needs to start aging from November 1st. Given that the DOCG was introduced in September 2011 the wine will not come out before November 2013.
            Also please don’t get upset because I messed up the question. I did not know about this DOCG since it’s not really out yet.

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