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Weekly Wine Quiz #45 – an Easy One, and A Book Giveaway!

January 26, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

Rock and Vine book coverHere comes another first. No, of course not the quiz, otherwise why would it be called #45? Only few days ago I wrote my first wine magazine review, and now I’m doing my first giveaway!

It is not the wine giveaway, as some of you could’ve hope (this might be even illegal), but it is wine book giveaway. This brand new book is called Rock and Vine, and it is profiling a group of young “wine revolutionaries”, people who are [again] changing California wine industry. Here is the quote from the book’s press release:

“In Napa, fifth generation winemaker Joe Wagner creates the nation’s best selling Pinot Noir, while second generation wine brand director Christina Turley hooks a new generation on dry, high-end White Zinfandel. In Sonoma, Jordan Kivelstadt introduces America to premium wine-on-tap, while reality television star Ben Flajnik and his partners Mike Benziger and Danny Fay are mixing serious biodynamic wines with seriously good times.”

I think it should be an interesting book to read,  and you even might be able get your own hard copy – and this is what this giveaway is all about.

I got 5 copies of the book to give away. In order to find 5 lucky people, I have a wine quiz which consists of 5 questions – very easy questions, I think, and some of them not even be real questions at all. The winners will be selected from the people who will leave the comments. If there will be only 5 people commenting, selecting the winners will be an easy job. If there will be more people commenting, 5 winners will be selected at random. There is one essential limitation I have to mention – this giveaway is open only to US residents – yes, I know that many of my readers come from the countries outside US, but this is not my limitation.

Here are the questions:

1. In the famous movie “Sideways”, where (in which region) the action took place, and what were two grapes which Miles was so adamant about (one positive, one negative)?

2. Which grape is referred to as “The Real American Grape”?

3. What Judgement of Paris was all about and when did it t took place (provide short description)?

4. Name three US wineries which you visited, want to visit or at least drunk the wine from

5. Thinking about your favorite wines, name one of them ( any one of them). As a bonus, provide short description and may be explain why  is it one of your favorite wines.

You don’t need to win the quiz and answer all the questions in order to win the book. In essence, you don’t even need to answer any of the questions (I still hope you will answer at least some of them) – but you need to leave a comment in order to have a chance to win the book. When you will be leaving a comment, if you are not using WordPress, please make sure that your e-mail address in the appropriate field is correct. If you are a winner, I will need to contact you to get your mailing address for the publisher to send you the book.

Have fun and good luck! Open some great bottle over the weekend! Cheers!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for my own review. All opinions are my own.

  1. January 26, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    1. Santa Ynez Valley (Santa Barbara)… Miles loved pinot noir, hated merlot.
    2. If we’re talking wine grape, I’m inclined to say Zinfandel. Non-wine grape: Concord.
    3. It was a blind tasting that took place in 1976 btwn CA chard/cab & white Burgundy/red Bordeaux respectively. The wine world was turned upside down when CA won both categories, since France had always been considered a superior winemaking country (as far as I’m concerned, it is and I live in CA!)
    4. Failla, Varner, Littorai most recently
    5. Whatever is in my glass at the moment 🙂 (but really, I do like all the wines mentioned above. They are extremely well-made and unique. I also really like & respect the people that make each of them)

    Yay free wine book! 🙂

    • talkavino
      January 26, 2013 at 11:40 pm

      Thank you for playing, great answers! The results of the quiz and winners of giveaway will be announced on Wednesday.

  2. January 26, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    That’s how you get me to play! Give aways! Awesome!! 😀

    1. Santa Barbara (Santa Ynez Valley). And the grapes were pinot noir (good) and merlot (bad).

    2. According to a blog entry you posted on August 30, 2010, you call Norton the real American grape (never had it before, intrigued now).

    3. It was a blind tasting taking place in Paris in 1976. The organizers compared top chardonnays from Burgundy and California as well as French Bordeauxs with Californian Cab Savs. A Californian wine was ranked best in each category which caused quite the stir. (Apparently, the Judgment of Paris is also a story from Greek mythology, just sayin’…)

    4. Chateau Grand Traverse, Brys Estate and Left Foot Charley – all Traverse City based wineries whose wines I have tried but never visited. This year is the year!

    5. One of them would be the 2001 Poliziano Vino Nobile Asinone which I tried in their tasting room in the fall of 2005. The wine just hit me completely unexpectedly with its depth and earthiness and was so far above the regular vino nobile that Poliziano produces. It was just incredible. (I have to name a riesling, too! Sorry. One of the many was a 1990 Vereinigte Hospitien Erdener Prälat Auslese which we had at a birthday party for Nina. The wine was dark amber in color and I have never come across such a vanilla a yellow fruit bombs in a riesling again.)

    Thanks, Anatoli! This was fun…

    • talkavino
      January 26, 2013 at 11:38 pm

      Thank you for playing, great answers! Great description of your special wines! And thank you for the pointer about Greek Mythology – I had no idea…

  3. January 26, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    What a sad story that Europeans can’t play.
    All that I can say is good luck to everyone else 🙂

    • talkavino
      January 26, 2013 at 11:05 pm

      Julian, of course you can (and should) play – it is only the book which can’t be sent to you : (

  4. January 27, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    1. Santa Barbara County, specifically the Sta Rita Hills (part of the Santa Ynez Valley). He loved Pinot Noir and had an aversion for Merlot.
    2. I believe Norton is the ‘Great American Grape’.
    3. The judgment of Paris was in 1976. It was a tasting that pitted French wines against wines from California. Most expected the French wines to win, but were shocked when the California wines won.
    4. I have visited Clos Pepe, Littorai, and Freeman Wineries (among countless others).
    5. One of my favorites wines is the Clos Pepe Pinot Noir. The wine is phenomenal, but above that, it is made by Wes Hagen, who is one of the true characters in the wine business today.

    • talkavino
      January 27, 2013 at 5:56 pm

      Great answers, Jeff! Round up is on Wednesday.

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