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Wednesday’s Meritage – Wine Quiz Answer, Chinese Terroirs, #MWWC3 Last Chance, [again] Wine Reviews and more

September 18, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

Y d'YquemMeritage time!

First, let’s start with the answer for the wine quiz #73, grape trivia – Sémillon.

In the quiz, you were supposed to answer 5 questions about white grape called Sémillon. Here are the questions, now with the answers:

Q1: Name a grape, primary blending partner of Sémillon

A1: Sauvignon Blanc. While Muscadelle is also allowed as part of the blend in Bordeaux, the most popular combination worldwide is Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc.

Q2: Below is the list of years. There  is something common between all of them (and of course it has a relationship with Sémillon) – do you know what is common among those years?

1930, 1952, 1964, 1974, 2012

A2: This is a partial list of years when Château d’Yquem Sauternes, the most famous Sauternes wine, was not produced. Since 1825, there were only 10 years when d’Yquem Sauternes was not produced: 1910, 1915, 1930, 1951, 1952, 1964, 1972, 1974, 1992 and 2012.

Q3: Ture or False: Sauternes produces only sweet wines

A3: False. Dry wines are also produced in Sauternes, under a designation of Bordeaux Supérieur. Example – “Y” by Château d’Yquem, 50% Sémillon and 50% Sauvignon Blanc.

Q4: Name a key factor for the great tasting dry Sémillon wines

A4: Bottle age. While acidity is important, dry Sémillon wines, such as those produced in the Hunter Valley in Australia,  are known to fully develop and really blossom after about 10 years of age in the bottle.

Q5: What is Semageddon?

A5: Semageddon is a new annual event in Napa Valley, created to celebrate Sémillon grape. You can read more about the event here.

This was somewhat of a difficult quiz. We don’t have a winner, but we have three people who get an honorable mention – the drunken cyclist, EatwithNamie and Vinoinlove.

Now, to the interesting stuff around the vine and the web!

What do you know about wine in China? Do you think China will be able to produce the wines we will all crave? Well, can’t tell you about the craving yet, but the hard work already started. Here is an interesting blog post from The Wine Economist blog, talking about the Chinese Terroir quest which is already under way.

Another interesting post is coming from the Joe Roberts of a 1WineDude fame. Joe is bringing up a well beaten subject of the wine reviews, relevance of the wine critics, collective wisdom of the crowd-sourced wine reviews (yep, of course the CellarTracker) and more. You can read the post here, and of course please make sure to read through all the comments.  I personally don’t understand why is it so popular and necessary to return to this subject over and over again. I might respond with the rant of my own – if I do, you will be the first to know.

Next important subject: Monthly Wine Writing Challenge #3 is almost over! You need to make a final effort to convert your obsession into possession, and finally publish that blog post. Submission deadline is September 23rd, and for more details please check this formal announcement with all the rules and dates.

As I mentioned last week, Spanish Wine Festival is coming to New York City. If you love Spanish wines and want to taste something amazing, don’t miss this event! For more details and tickets please click here.

And one more event I want to bring to your attention. If you love (or at least like) whiskey, this is the right event for you. WhiskeyFest is coming to New York on October 11-12. For more details and tickets, please use this link.

That’s all I have for you for today, folks. The glass is empty – but refill is on its way. Until the next time – cheers!


  1. September 18, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    Thanks for sharing, as always! My MWWC post is going live tomorrow…sigh.

    • talkavino
      September 19, 2013 at 7:18 am

      Looking forward!

  2. September 19, 2013 at 6:55 am

    My turn to be a pain—if it is labeled “Bordeaux Supérieur” it is not a Sauternes. The dry wines that happen to be made within the appellation are not necessarily comprised of fruit grown within the appellation—they can get their fruit from anywhere within Bordeaux Supérieur.

    • talkavino
      September 19, 2013 at 7:17 am

      This was expected : ) I never said that the wine should be labeled “Sauternes” – Château d’Yquem is located in Sauternes and produces dry wine – no matter where they source their grapes from, I’m still pretty sure the wine is produced in Sauternes.

      • September 19, 2013 at 6:20 pm

        If you would have said “Only sweet wines are produced in Sauternes” I could maybe agree with you (although it would be a “trick” question). You said, however, “Sauternes only produces sweet wine” and that is true, if it is said to come from Sauternes, it has to be sweet. 😉

        • talkavino
          September 19, 2013 at 7:32 pm

          Sorry, Jeff, you are not advancing your point. The question and answer stand as they are.

    • September 19, 2013 at 9:59 pm

      Hey Anatoli,
      Bordeaux Superiore and Sauterne is not the same wine. I saw you already discussed this with Jeff but maybe you can rethink this because Sauternes is an appellation that is used only for sweet wine.
      Sauternes wineries use the more generic Bordeaux Superiore appellation for their dry wines.

      • talkavino
        September 19, 2013 at 10:40 pm

        Julian, I understand – the question was not about the labels, but about wineries in Sauternes producing dry wines, which they do, whatever designation it is. If you look at the response from Namie, she understood and answered the question correctly.

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