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Weekly Wine Quiz #74: Grape Trivia – Trebbiano

September 21, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments
Ugni Blanc grapes, as shown in Wikipedia

Ugni Blanc grapes, as shown in Wikipedia

Welcome to the weekend and your new wine quiz!

We are continuing our grape trivia series, still focusing on the white grapes, and today’s subject is Trebbiano.

Have you had Trebbiano wines? How about Ugni Blanc? Before you answer no, think again. There is a very high degree of probability that you had the wine made either from Trebbiano, a.k.a. Ugni Blanc, or at least with Trebbiano being a part of the blend, as Trebbiano is second most planted grape in the world. Ugni Blanc is the most planted grape in France, spanning from Bordeaux to Provance to Corsica. In Italy, Trebbiano is allowed to be used in more than 80 different DOCs and has 7 DOCs of its own.

The grape’s historical (as well as genetical) roots are still not fully established yet. It seems that the first mentions come from the area of Bologna in Italy in 13th century. In the 14th century, the grape made it to France together with the Papal court, where it became known as Ugni Blanc. Starting from 16th century, the plantings of the Trebbiano increased quite substantially, but the grape practically never made it on its own. Trebbiano’s main characteristics include high acid, low sugar, minimum aromatics and vigorous growth, which are not the star quality when we are talking about the wines. At the same time, these very characteristics make it an excellent foundation for producing all kinds of distilled spirits – this is where majority of the Trebbiano/Ugni Blanc grapes are used today.

And now, to the quiz!

Q1: Ugni Blanc is a main grape in the production of what famous spirit?

Q2: Name the wine, in which Trebbiano was a required part of the blend, and it was considered to be the reason for a bad, flabby quality of that wine (it is no longer required to be used in that wine).

Q3: Trebbiano is often a foundation for the popular food product (containing no alcohol). Do you know what food product it is?

Q4: Contrary to the name, Trebbiano di Lugano is not considered to be a part of the Trebbiano family, but rather related to another Italian grape. Do you know what grape is that?

Q5: When used for the wine production (as opposed to the distilled spirits), Ugni Blanc is rarely used on its own – it is typically a part of the blend.  Name 3 grapes, traditional blending partners of Ugni Blanc.

Good luck, enjoy the quiz and your weekend! Cheers!

  1. September 21, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Really got me thinking – and didn’t know that Trebbiano is second most planted grape in the world.

    • talkavino
      September 21, 2013 at 11:18 pm

      Well, yes – if anything, think about the amount of distilled grape-based spirits produced in the world – that alone requires a lot of grapes…

      • September 22, 2013 at 12:10 am

        Yes true.

  2. Michael
    September 21, 2013 at 9:58 am

    A1. Cognac.
    A2. Orvieto
    A3. Balsamic vinegar
    A4. Verdicchio
    A5. Grechetto, Colombard, Gros Manseng

    • talkavino
      September 21, 2013 at 11:18 pm

      Excellent answers, Michael, thanks for playing! My answers are coming on Wednesday.

  3. PSsquared
    September 21, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    As usual, I learned something new today. Cheers!

    • talkavino
      September 21, 2013 at 11:19 pm

      Great! This is the whole point behind all this quizzes…

  4. September 21, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    1. Cognac
    2. Chianti
    3. Balsamic Vinegar
    4. Trebbiano di Soave (couldn’t find anything that said it was unrelated to Trebbiano. Oz Clark descirbes Trebbiano as a collection of vines rather than a single vine.)
    5. Only three?
    Southern Rhone: Marsanne, Roussane, Viognier, Granache Blanc, Clairette
    Bandol: Clairette, Bourboulenc
    Outside Bordeaux: Muscadelle, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon
    Argentina: Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc

    I had to work for this one! Thanks for the excercise

    • talkavino
      September 21, 2013 at 11:20 pm

      Excellent work, Linda! Very thorough. My Answers are coming on Wednesday.

  5. September 21, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    Wow, tough…but I’ll try without Google.

    1) Since you use the French name I assume it is a French spirit. Cognac comes to mind.
    2) That is the only one I am fairly certain about: Chianti
    3) No alcohol….then I assume a white wine vinegar.
    4) Lugano is in souther Switzerland. Therefore I boldly say Chasselas….no clue.
    5) The only time I consciously had it was just two weeks ago in a blend with Colombard. Was a stunningly fresh and fruity wine. Otherwise, no clue.

    • talkavino
      September 21, 2013 at 11:21 pm

      thank you for playing, Oliver! Google-free answers always get an extra point. My answers are coming on Wednesday.

  6. September 24, 2013 at 7:52 am

    What a coincidence! I was listening to a UK wine show podcast and it was about Ugni blanc. 🙂
    1. Cognac
    2. Tuscany…so I guess Chianti
    3. Balsamic vinegar
    4. Verdicchio
    5. Chenin blanc, colombard, folle blanche…?

    • talkavino
      September 24, 2013 at 8:47 am

      Excellent work! Answers are coming tomorrow!

  7. April 23, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Captivating idea for a quiz. Congrats!

    • talkavino
      April 23, 2014 at 10:15 am


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