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Wednesday’s Meritage – Wine Quiz Answer, Results of Book Giveaway and a Rant

January 30, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

Meritage Time!

Let’s start from the answer for the Wine Quiz #45, an Easy One. In that quiz, you were supposed to answer 3 easy questions, and then simply talk about your favorite wines and wineries. All of it with an ultimate goal of leaving the comment so you can get the new wine book called “Rock and Vine” to be shipped to you. Free. And you know what – before we get to the answer and the results, let me get the rant out.

I don’t get it. So the free book (5 copies) was offered, pretty much for anyone who would care to leave a comment in the blog. According to the stats from the WordPress, the post had total of 56 views – and only 4 people left comments. Are people not reading books anymore? Did the people who wanted the book were too shy to leave a comment? Was it something I said (or didn’t say)? I’m puzzled… Honestly, I was not looking for the book giveaway as a cheap publicity shot, to attract more followers or something – I simply don’t do it. So as I said already, I’m puzzled – and if anyone want to offer a theory or explanation or simply tell me that I’m too dumb to get it – be my guest. End of the rant.

Now, let’s get to the wine quiz answers and the winners. We have two winners of the wine quiz and 3 winners of Rock and Vine book giveaway – Jeff (The Drunken Cyclist) and Oliver (The Wine Getter) are the winners of the wine quiz ( they got 3 out of 3 questions right) and both of them plus Emily (@WineMuse) are the winners of the book giveaway!

Now, if you want details, here are the first 3 questions with the answers:

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)?

Answers are Santa Barbara, Pinot Noir and Merlot – you can read more here.

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

Norton. By the way, Oliver, this is not my designation : ) – this designation is actually trademarked – here is the link.

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

Judgement of Paris took place in 1976 and it was a blind tasting event where French wine critics overwhelmingly preferred California wines over similar French wines, which put California on a world-wide wine map. Here is the link for additional reading.

And the last two questions were:

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.

Let me just quote the answers:

Emily (@WineMuse):

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)


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.)


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.

One last note – there are still 2 books I can give away. If you want them, leave a comment or otherwise send me a note over the next two days – first come, first serve…

That’s all I have for now, folks. Cheers!


  1. Kim
    January 30, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    I think you nailed it on the shyness part – at least for me! I drink my fair share of wine, but I don’t know much about the history behind it (and am also reallllly bad at movie references). I was too scared to guess at the answers, and felt guilty at the thought of copying the other responses as my own, so I panicked and decided I didn’t need the book badly enough to embarrass myself.

    On that note, if you still have a book available, I’m being brave now! 🙂

    • talkavino
      January 30, 2013 at 8:10 pm

      Hi Kim, thanks for the comment and thanks for being brave! The book is yours – please e-mail me your mailing address – you can find my e-mail at the About|Contact link on top of the blog page. And don’t be shy – having a dialog I think is one of the biggest pleasures of blogging : )

    • talkavino
      January 30, 2013 at 8:29 pm

      I want to add another note – the whole purpose of all this quizzes is for the people to have fun. These quizzes are not done with the purpose of showing how much one knows, and to put everybody else down – the whole idea is to find an interesting angle and let people play and have fun – even if you are completely wrong with your answer, there is nothing embarrassing about it – at least you tried, which is much better than not trying at all. Just saying…

      • Kim
        January 30, 2013 at 10:09 pm

        You make a great point. Next time, regardless of my knowledge, I plan to participate and am looking forward to giving it a shot. Thanks for facilitating fun and dialogue (and for the book)!

  2. January 30, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Anatoli, I was shocked myself as to why there were only three comments. It looks like a rather cool book, and as you pointed out, the bar to hurdle to get one was not very high at all. I am with you–I don’t get it (by the way, I love books so I might be the wrong one to ask).

    • January 30, 2013 at 5:51 pm

      I also meant to say thanks for the book Anatoli! Really looking forward to it!

      • talkavino
        January 30, 2013 at 8:15 pm

        my pleasure, Jeff! You actually raise a very good point – as I love books myself, low “desire rate” to get a book amplifies the frustration…

  3. January 30, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    I totally understand you, Anatoli. You were so clear that it was not even about answering correctly but about leaving some kind of comment. And why would one not make that effort of less than a minute for a chance to get a free book on winemakers in the U.S…just weird. That said, thanks for the book! 🙂 Also, I saw that the reference to Norton is trademarked. Stupid second language English made me say “you call it” when I wanted to say “you referenced it as being”…

    • January 30, 2013 at 5:50 pm

      Pulling the English as a Second Language card?

    • talkavino
      January 30, 2013 at 8:19 pm

      My pleasure, Oliver! And no issues at all, may be one day I will reach appropriate level of the wine authority to be able to “call things” : )

  4. January 30, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    I don’t understand it either why people didn’t want the book.
    How many of the page views were from US residents? Maybe that number is much lower? Could be an explanation.

    • talkavino
      January 30, 2013 at 8:21 pm

      I don’t think I have that granularity of data – but as you can judge from the comments here, this is not related to potential prevalence of international readership (funny part from my yearly stats – WordPress said that I had readers in 145 countries… Internet definitely make the whole world look very small : ) )

  5. January 30, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Well I was unsure if this is safe so I decided not to leave a comment. But don’t get mad. Others probably felt the same way.

    • talkavino
      January 30, 2013 at 8:24 pm

      No, I’m not mad – just frustrated. 10-years old kid frustrated, who thinks that nobody loves him : ) But thanks to everyone’s comments, I understand that I could’ve done this differently. Live and learn!

      • January 30, 2013 at 9:24 pm

        I just noticed that in your comment section my name is cut off. Is this a problem on my end? If so, do you know ho I can fix it?

        • talkavino
          January 30, 2013 at 11:41 pm

          I see it now too. It seems that in the format of my blog page, there is not enough space underneath of your picture in order to fit the whole name in one line. You probably can ask WordPress support if this can be fixed. When I’m replying to your comment in the WordPress popup, I see your full name.

  6. PSsquared
    January 30, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    I didn’t participate because I wanted people who know more about wine than I do, to win. I understand your frustration though.

    • talkavino
      January 30, 2013 at 8:24 pm

      no problems – but if you want the book, I still have one available : )

      • PSsquared
        January 30, 2013 at 9:42 pm

        I would love it! Thanks!

        • talkavino
          January 30, 2013 at 11:37 pm

          Great! Please send me e-mail with you mailing address – you can find my e-mail in the About|Contact on top of the blog page.

      • January 30, 2013 at 11:22 pm

        Now that is the spirit!! And thanks, PSsquared! 🙂

  7. January 31, 2013 at 12:49 am

    Hmmm… I totally would have commented – because I’m not shy and I also love books! I have some real regret about this e-book craze. But I don’t remember ever seeing that post – perhaps I wasn’t following yet. Hope you do more wine book giveaways!

    • talkavino
      January 31, 2013 at 1:06 am

      ahh, sorry you missed it. This was the first time I was approached about such giveaway, but hopefully not the last!

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