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Wednesday’s Meritage – Wine Quiz Answer, New Life at Mayacamas, Few Reminders and more

Field Recordings Chenin Blanc Jurassic Park Vineyard

Field Recordings Chenin Blanc Jurassic Park Vineyard

Meritage Time!

Let’s start with the answer to the wine quiz #68, grape trivia – Chenin Blanc. In the quiz, you were supposed to answer 5 questions about Chenin Blanc grape.

Here are the questions, now with the answers:

Q1: True or false: South Africa grows (area-wise) twice as much Chenin Blanc as France

A1: True. Chenin Blanc plantings in South Africa take a bit less than 25% of all grape plantings in the country, and it exceeds plantings in France by at least two times.

Q2: Do you know how Chenin Blanc is typically called in South Africa?

A2: Steen. Chenin Blanc is South Africa was traditionally called Steen, but as many wineries are improving quality of their Chenin Blanc wines, they also use the traditional “Chenin Blanc” name on the labels more and more.

Q3: Based on DNA research, Chenin Blanc might be a parent of:

a. Pinot Blanc, b. Sauvignon Blanc, c. Marsanne, d. Ugni Blanc (Trebbiano)

A3: Sauvignon Blanc.

Q4: Wine Spectator calls wines rated in 95-100 range Classic (the highest and the most prestigious category). True or False: there are no Chenin Blanc wines with Classic rating.

A4: False. While there are only 14 Classic Chenin Blanc wines to the date (all from Vouvray region in France), Domaine Huët Vouvray Cuvée Constance 1997 scored even perfect 100 points.

Q5: One of my all time favorite Chenin Blanc wines is made by the company called Field Recordings in California. It is a single-vineyard wine, coming from the vineyard which has the same name as one of the blockbuster movies of the 90s. Do you know how this vineyard is called?

A5: Jurassic Park! I’m really curious what would give such a name to the vineyard, but hey, this is how it is called. And Jurassic Park Chenin Blanc I had was spectacular.

I’m glad to report that we have lots of winners this time! Emil, SheWinesSometimes, VinoinLove and TheDrunkenCyclist answered all 5 questions correctly, and they get the coveted prize of unlimited bragging rights!

Now, to the interesting stuff around vine and web!

I have a few interesting things for you to read. First, an article by New York Times‘ Eric Asimov, talking about new life of Mayacamas Vineyards in Napa. Mayacamas is one of the historical vineyards in the region, originally built in 1889, and owned by Bob Travers and his wife since 1968. I experienced Mayacamas Cabernet Sauvignon only once, and it was a spectacular wine, done in very restrained and elegant style. Now the winery is acquired by Charles Banks, who owned Screaming Eagle in the past, and he brought in Andy Erickson, a past Screaming Eagle’s winemaker, to make wine at the Mayacamas. How Mayacamas will change is a big question for all of its fans,  so you should read the article to learn more.

Here is an interesting read for you from W. Blake Gray, on the subject of [yeah, here we go again] wine tasting notes. Before you read the article, test yourself – do you know what gunflint is? You do? Great, do you know how does it taste like? My personal answer is “no” for both questions, but you go read the article to learn something new and get entertained.

The last article for today on the subject of Georgian wines, talking about new and interesting wines coming from the “cradle of winemaking”, as Georgia often is referred to. Go find the bottle of Georgian wine to enjoy while you will be reading the article.

We are getting closer to the few important dates (deadlines, rather) so here are your reminders:

August 14th – Wine Blogging Wednesday event, #WBW80 – Dry Rosé. All you need to do is to write a blog post pertinent to the subject, and submit it to the host. For all the details please click here. Let’s make it a success!

August 16th – deadline for submission for the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge #2, with the theme called Trouble. You can find all the rules here. I finally made my submission, so I sleep much better now. There is still time, get your trouble under control and write! Side note – if you are using twitter, I recommend using #MWWC hash tag for all submissions and discussions.

August 29th – Annual Cabernet Day 2013. Grab the bottle of your favorite Cab and join the festivities – here is the link to the invitation I received for this Cabernet Day, in case you want to state your participation officially.

That is all I have for you, folks. The glass is empty -but the refill is coming. Until the next time – cheers!

  1. August 7, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Great! We needed a hashtag thingy for the MWWC! Perhaps we should number them, like Wine Blogging Wednesday? That may help narrow focus. Thoughts?

    • talkavino
      August 7, 2013 at 9:37 am

      Yes, I think #MWWC should be used for the generic conversations, and #MWWC2, #MWWC3 etc. should be used for particular monthly challenges.

  2. PSsquared
    August 7, 2013 at 9:37 am

    I”m looking forward to August 29th! 🙂

    • talkavino
      August 7, 2013 at 9:38 am

      Anything particular you are going to open?

      • PSsquared
        August 7, 2013 at 9:41 am

        I will have to look in the wine fridge to remember what we brought back from Sonoma. Honestly, every day is Cabernet day for me. Ha!

  3. August 7, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Hehehe, during the sommelier course they taught us about gunflint (or gunpowder). But it is one of the aromas of certain wines, so you can only smell it, not taste it. Maybe it is just me, but in certain wines I think it is quite evident. 🙂

    • talkavino
      August 7, 2013 at 10:46 pm

      Well, yes, so the question is – who are these notes are written for. If the intended audience is well trained wine professionals, may be “gunflint” makes sense. For the mere mortals, majority of them never heard the word, so the word doesn’t resonate. And I think this is a problem – you need to know your target audience, and make sure what you wrote makes sense to them.

      • August 8, 2013 at 10:02 am

        I think you are absolutely right, Anatoli. I promise I will refrain from using gunflint as a descriptor in my reviews! 😉

        • talkavino
          August 8, 2013 at 10:18 am

          deal ! : )

  4. August 8, 2013 at 12:18 am

    The wine tasting notes article made me laugh! Thanks for sharing all of this information.

    • talkavino
      August 8, 2013 at 10:16 am

      Sure, my pleasure!

      • August 8, 2013 at 10:19 am

        You always share the best articles!! I love reading your recommendations.

        • talkavino
          August 8, 2013 at 2:38 pm

          Thank you for your kind words! I’m just trying to share a few things which I personally enjoy or support (like all the writing exercises) – there is otherwise so much information coming our way, it is not even remotely possible to process it…

  5. August 8, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Woohoo for bragging rights! 🙂 Looks like next week will be a busy one – I’m excited for both events! And for Cabernet day later this month. So many fun things to look forward to!

    • talkavino
      August 10, 2013 at 12:11 am

      Too many things to do, and not enough time! : )

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