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Wednesday’s Meritage – Wine Quiz Answer, #MWWC4 Theme, Merlot is Back!, And a Few Videos

Meritage time!

Let’s start from the answer to our weekly wine quiz #76, grape trivia – Roussanne. In the quiz, you were supposed to answer 5 questions about white grape called Roussanne.

Here are the questions, now with the answers:

Q1: Explain the source of the name Roussanne

A1: Name Roussanne most like comes from the word “roux”, which refers to the reddish color of the grapes.

Q2: Which one doesn’t belong and why:

a. Hermitage, b. Côte-Rôtie, c. Châteauneuf-du-Pape, d. St.-Joseph

A2: b. Côte-Rôtie. Roussanne is allowed to be blended into the red wines of the three other regions – but the white grape allowed to be used in Côte-Rôtie is Viognier.

Q3: Outside of Northern Rhône, the traditional bending partner of Roussanne is…

A3: Grenache Blanc is the most popular blending partner for Roussanne outside of Northern Rhône

Q4: Roussanne was re-introduced in California in the 1980s, only to be proven in the late 1990s to be not the Roussanne but another grape. Do you know what grape was that?

A4: Viognier. Randall Grahm, winemaker from Bonny Doon winery, brought [illegally] a number of cuttings of supposedly Roussanne from France at the beginning of 1980s. In 1998 it was found that the grape is actually Viognier, not the Roussanne.

Q5: One of the first California “Roussanne” wines from the 1980s had a specific name. Can you name that wine?

A5: The “Roussanne” wine was produced by Randall Grahm under the name of Le Sophiste.

Sadly, there was very little participation in this quiz – I have to acknowledge Julian at VinoInLove, who was a sole participant – thank you Julian! I guess I’m going to far into the vineyard with some of my latest quizzes… Well, one more white grape, and we are switching back to the red right after.

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

First of all, we have a new theme for the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge! Now in its 4th round, it is hosted by The Wine Kat, winner of the round #3. The theme of the #MWWC4 is… OOPS!, and I can tell you that oops is looming, as the submission deadline is already very close, it is only two weeks away – October 23rd. Get your writing pants… oops, may be glass? Writing hat? Well, whatever oops gets you moving, get it on and start writing. The theme announcement and all the important dates can be found here.

Just a quick question at the moment. What do you think of Merlot? Do you still have an image of Miles “I’m not drinking no #$%^ Merlot”, or does it trickle back to you table and Cellar? Well, I can tell you that about 100 Merlot producers from California want to make sure you will once again look at Merlot seriously. Tomorrow, October 10th, is actually the start of #MerlotMe, a month-long celebration of Merlot, taking place both with the live events and all over the social media. You can find more details about the festivities here – and don’t wait, grab your bottle already!

Continuing the theme of Merlot, I wanted to share with you this video, made by one of the Merlot pioneers, Gundlach Bundschu:

And for no other reason, but just for your enjoyment on this Wine Wednesday, here is the video which I wanted to share a while ago – a “Blurred Lines” parody, made by the enterprising folks at Jordan (in addition to making great wines, they also have one of the best social media outreach in the wine industry):

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. October 9, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Sorry! I meant to play this week, but work has been crazy (and for some stupid reason we signed up the older for Fall Baseball–Ugh). Not sure if I will be “celebrating” Merlot all that much this month–I tend to channel my inner Miles. Did you read the comments right after Lisa put that video up? Entertaining….

    • talkavino
      October 9, 2013 at 9:32 am

      No, I didn’t read the comments. You think Merlot bashing is all that justified? I can bet a lot of those Merlot-haters would never be able to distinguish good Merlot from good Cab or Malbec… If all those Merlot bottles would be labeled “red blend” or “meritage” all the same people will rave with the praises…

  2. October 9, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Personally, I think there’s absolutely nothing wrong with Merlot: I love it in blends, and I like it even more after visiting Saint Emilion… Hmmmm… soooo goood! 🙂

    • talkavino
      October 10, 2013 at 4:33 am

      yep – I’m fully with you. The content of the bottle is what is really important, beyond the name and the label…

      • October 11, 2013 at 10:06 am

        I think for our upcoming dinner, we might just go Merlot! 😉

  3. October 9, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    When I started drinking wine, no one asked me what I wanted, they just assumed a young girl would prefer lambrusco or liebfraumilch–ee-gads! Merlot was my first “grown up” wine. I loved it. I branched out to try other wines, but never did understand why so many were wrinkling snobbish noses about merlot.

    • talkavino
      October 10, 2013 at 4:33 am

      Yep – I’m fully with you on this – I don’t get it…

  4. October 10, 2013 at 6:40 am

    Loved the Gun Bun Merlot video!

    • talkavino
      October 11, 2013 at 12:10 am

      Glad you like it!

  5. PSsquared
    October 10, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    The blurred vines video was cute. I’m not anti-merlot. I just prefer cab. Cheers!

    • talkavino
      October 13, 2013 at 11:23 am

      I like that blurred lines video too! Nothing wrong with any of the grapes – you just got to like what is in the glass!

  6. October 11, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    Love Merlot. I reported an oldie on the topic in honor of the day, including the Gun Bun link. Great video, right?

    • talkavino
      October 12, 2013 at 6:57 am

      I’m completely with you – Merlot makes great wines which deserve any wine lover’s full attention.
      I think the video is great! I saw it about a month ago, and was waiting for a good occasion to share : )
      I have an interesting idea for the Merlot post – will see : )

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