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Weekly Wine Quiz #97: Grape Trivia – Blends, Part 1

wine quiz pictureThe Wine Quiz series is not meant to intimidate. The whole idea here is to have fun and learn something new. When answering the questions, it is fully encouraged to use all available sources of information, including Google or any other search engine. There are no embarrassing answers – the most embarrassing thing is not giving it a try…

Welcome to the weekend and your new wine quiz!

We are continuing our grape trivia series, but changing gear slightly. Until now, we talked only about specific grapes – each weekly quiz was dedicated to one and only one grape, whether it was red or white. Of course some of the questions included mentions of the blends, but still, the single varietal was a star. For the next few quizzes, I want to change that. Most of the wines we drink are blends. So why don’t we talk about blends for a while? Let’s mix things up.

At this point, as I’m not entirely sure yet of the exact direction. Below you will find 5 random questions regarding blending of the grapes – in the particular wines, and in particular regions. We are not going to focus on a single region, and will be blending both red and white grapes. Some questions might also be just opposites of the blends. We shall see. And yes, please comment and let me know what you think.

And now, to the quiz!

Q1: Which grape is missing?

- Cabernet Sauvignon

- Merlot

- Cabernet Franc

- ?

- Petit Verdot

Q2: Wines of this region, made out of Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon, considered some of the best white wines in the world. Can you name that region?

Q3: This wine might be the biggest officially sanctioned blend of the grapes in the world. Do you know what wine is that?

Q4: This simple wine is classified as a field blend. This is probably best known European white field blend wine. Now:

a. Can you explain what field blend is?

b. Can you name this wine?

Q5: This wine, one of the most famous in the world, is often made from 70% Cabernet Franc and 30% Merlot. Do you know what wine is that?

Good luck, enjoy the quiz and your weekend! Cheers!

  1. April 5, 2014 at 8:40 am

    1. Malbec
    2. Sauternes
    3. Not sure what you mean by “biggest” but I assume you mean the most permitted number of varieties. In that case, I will go with Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
    4. A field blend is when different varieties are grown and harvested together and then all co-fermented. I believe you are talking about White Port here.
    5. I will have to go with Cheval Blanc here, but the blend bounces around quite a bit.

    • talkavino
      April 5, 2014 at 8:56 am

      Nice work, Jeff, as expected : )

  2. mattbclark
    April 5, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Fun! These are all total guesses. Looking forward to the answers.
    Q1 – Syrah
    Q2 – Sancerre
    Q3 – Meritage
    Q4 – No clue. Maybe mixing the grape types as they are picked?
    Q5 – Grand Cru?

    • talkavino
      April 5, 2014 at 6:24 pm

      Thanks for playing, Matt! The answers are coming on Wednesday.

  3. Gene Castellino
    April 5, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Shouldn’t port be the answer for Q3? Over 100 varietials are allowed.

    • Gene Castellino
      April 5, 2014 at 12:05 pm

      correction…82, not 100

      • talkavino
        April 5, 2014 at 6:23 pm

        well, as they say in Turbo Tax, “this is not common” : ) Yes, I see that 82 varieties are allowed to be used in the production of the Port – it doesn’t mean that 82 varieties are blended together to make Port. Most of the good port wines are made out of 6 major grapes, sometimes even less, depending on the harvest. The wine I’m asking about in the question has often all of the allowed grapes actually blended together (and the number is larger than 6).
        Having said all that – thank you, lesson learned – I will have to formulate the questions with a lot higher precision.

  4. April 5, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    1- Malbec
    2- Sauternes
    3- (I had a hunch but totally googled this) When two grape varieties are planted in the same field for inexpensive blending purposes ex: Apparently some wines of the Douro are field blends
    4- Thinking St Emilion… Cheval Blanc?! Was watching “Dragon’s Den” in Canada and guess who made an appearance. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BRMoHPiCYAAWlKD.jpg

    • talkavino
      April 5, 2014 at 6:11 pm

      Excellent work, thanks for playing!

  5. April 5, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    oups forgot this one:
    This wine might be the biggest officially sanctioned blend of the grapes in the world. Do you know what wine is that? Chateauneuf.

    • talkavino
      April 5, 2014 at 6:09 pm

      Great, I wanted to ask you about the missing one : )

  6. April 5, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    1. Malbec
    2. Probably Sauternes
    3. Well as far as I know at least 19 grape varieties are allowed in Valle d’Aosta DOC wines. So I’m going with Valle d’Aosta DOC.
    4. A) Field blend = more than 1 grape variety is grown in the same vineyard. B) White Port is a field blend I believe.
    5. I can only think of lots of great wines that are produced with 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc.. So now I’m very curious what the name of the wine is and so I’m looking forward to your answer :)

    Great quiz, Anatoli. I think your idea of making a quiz for wine blends is fantastic. Cheers!

    • talkavino
      April 5, 2014 at 6:08 pm

      Thanks, Julian! Glad you like it! But I can tell you now, some of my questions should’ve been more precise – I will be in the hot water when I will publish the answers :) Excellent work, as usual.

  7. April 5, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    1. Malbec
    2. Sauternes (or Washington! :) )
    4A. A field blend is when several grape varieties are planted in the same field. It was more common when there wasn’t a way to type the vines. It is less common now.
    The rest I will leave to more knowledgeable minds…

    • talkavino
      April 5, 2014 at 11:09 pm

      Great, thanks for playing! Answers are coming on Wednesday.

  8. April 8, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    I look forward to the answers, I am working on my continuing ed course in real estate, time consuming and boring but have to do it. Next quiz I’ll participate.

    • talkavino
      April 8, 2014 at 5:08 pm

      no worries, they will be coming! : )

  1. April 9, 2014 at 2:23 pm

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