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Weekly Wine Quiz #53 – Grapes Trivia: Cabernet Sauvignon

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And the has come for our weekly wine quiz!

I like to organize things, when possible. So far my quizzes where a little bit (just kidding – really a lot) all over the place – from auctions to riddles to history; left, right and beyond. At the same time, I really would like to run a series of quizzes somehow related to each other. So I thought of this grape series, and that is the best I can come up with at the moment, so let me run with this.

This will be a series of posts dedicated to different grapes. Don’t wait for any substantial gotchas – at this point, there no plans for quizzes solely dedicated to Fiana or Romorantin (hmm, on the other side…). Instead, the quizzes will be dedicated to the mainstream grapes majority can attest to, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and so on.

Today we are starting with the Cabernet Sauvignon grape. Cabernet Sauvignon needs no introduction – it is a mainstream grape in production of many of the best (and not) red wines in the world. In a few words Cabernet Sauvignon can be described as late ripening variety with thick skin and somewhat of a small berry. Flavor profile of Cabernet Sauvignon wines often includes eucalyptus, green bell peppers, mint and black currant (cassis). Cabernet Sauvignon has great affinity to oak and the wines are usually age very well. Cabernet Sauvignon is grown all over the world with most famous wines coming from Bordeaux, California, Australia, Argentina, Chile, Italy and Washington.

Here come the quiz questions:

Q1: Which two grapes are the parents of Cabernet Sauvignon?

Q2: The world’s oldest Cabernet Sauvignon vines are located in (name winery and/or vineyard for extra credit):

A. Bordeaux

B. Chile

C. California

D. Australia

E. Georgia

Q3: True or False: Since 2000, plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon increased in Bordeaux?

Q4: The second largest in the world plantings (by area) of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are located in:

A. Australia

B. California

C. Chile

D. Hungary

E. Moldova

F. South Africa

Q5: Absolute majority of Bordeaux wines are blends. Name four grapes which are traditional blending companions of Cabernet Sauvignon in Bordeaux

Have fun and good luck! Enjoy your weekend and cheers!


  1. April 6, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Q1: I don’t know but maybe Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Blanc?
    Q2: I always thought the oldest Cabernet Sauvignon vines are located in Rioja, Spain where it is said that the grape might have originated.
    Q3: True
    Q4: B
    Q5: Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, Peite Verdot

    • talkavino
      April 6, 2013 at 10:38 am

      Very good, thanks for playing! The answers are coming on Wednesday, as usual : )

      • April 6, 2013 at 1:33 pm

        Oh sorry I meant Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc (and not Cabernet Blanc!) I don’t know what I was thinking when typing Cabernet Blanc

        • talkavino
          April 6, 2013 at 1:43 pm

          no problems, got it!

  2. April 6, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Here we go, although I am not that fond of the grape:

    1: Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc
    2: This will probably be hard to ascertain, but my research leads me to believe it is Brothers in Arms Winery’s Langhorn Creek vineyard in Australia (1891).
    3: Mere guessing: true.
    4: California, again just guessed.
    5: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Mourvèdre

    • talkavino
      April 6, 2013 at 10:41 am

      very solid answers, thanks for playing!

  3. April 7, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    1. Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon
    2. OLdest Cab Sauv vines – Matala Vineyard in Langhorne Creek (that would be D – Australia)
    3. I looked this up to confirm my answer (BTW, I was correct) – decrease plantings/vines since 200 by 25 %.
    4. Per my research – France is still the largest produce with California in 3rd place and Moldova is second. France was not an option.
    5. Blending companions: Cab Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec

    I will admit I cheated and googled all of the answers, but it was a great opportunity to learn more about Cab Sauv. I love these quizes!!!

    • talkavino
      April 8, 2013 at 7:14 am

      Welcome and thanks for playing! Very good answers. And using Google is totally fine in my book – there is definitely a benefit of learning.

  4. April 8, 2013 at 4:11 am

    Reblogged this on Abuzz Wine.

    • talkavino
      April 8, 2013 at 7:15 am

      Thanks for the shout out, appreciate it!

  5. April 8, 2013 at 9:19 am

    1. Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc.
    2. Australia — Penfolds, Kalimna Vineyard, Block 42
    3. False. They peaked in 1990, so since 2000 they are probably steady or declining.
    4. Moldova . . . bit of a shocker, eh?
    5. Cab Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec

    Great quiz . . . one of my favorite grapes! Salud!!

    • talkavino
      April 8, 2013 at 9:50 am

      wow, you know your wines : ) excellent answers! Round up will be on Wednesday.

      • April 8, 2013 at 10:06 am

        I get by with a little help from the Internet . . . ;o)

        • talkavino
          April 8, 2013 at 12:35 pm

          : ) I’m usually guilty of the same

  6. April 8, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Sorry, late to the game–little league baseball has started and is now dominating our lives! So a no-Google attempt here (and no reading of previous answers).
    1. Cabernet Franc and Sauv. Blanc
    2. D.
    3. False (guess)
    4. Moldova (guess–it seems the most out of place)
    5. Merlot, cab franc, malbec, petit verdot

    • talkavino
      April 8, 2013 at 12:36 pm

      Very well done, Jeff, especially considering google-less approach. Round up is coming on Wednesday

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