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Wednesday’s Meritage – Wine Quiz Answer And A Few Things To Read On This Christmas Day

December 25, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

Meritage Time!

First of all, Merry Christmas!

Let’s start with the answer for the wine quiz #85, What is it? In the quiz (a very difficult one!) you were supposed to guess an object shown in the picture. This was the picture you had:

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and here is the answer:

Champagne Tsarine

Champagne Tsarine

Until a few days ago, I didn’t even know that Champagne Tsarine exists. When I saw a beautiful case and the bottle, the idea of the quiz was born. It appears that Champagne Tsarine was created in 1730, with the square aim on Russian Tzar (Tzar = Tsar, hence the name “Tsarine”, meaning “belonging to Tzar”) and his royal court, and their insatiable appetite for all things French. You can find more details at the Champagne Tsarine web site. No, I didn’t try this champagne yet, it is in the plans for the New Year celebration.

As I said, this was a very difficult quiz. A number of people suggested that this was a bottle, which was definitely the right direction. I was hoping that all the curves will point in the direction of Russian architecture – this was a purposeful design behind the bottle. In case you will not care going to the Champagne Tsarine web site, so here are few sentence which describe the design: “Its exclusively designed, long, curved bottle bears certain similarities to the architecture of the great Russian monuments. Its emblematic colours, its rounded label and its evocative name are all redolent of the period of the great Russian dynasties.”

Anyway, we don’t have a clear winner today, but I have to give honorable mention to Wine And History, who came in the closest, only suggesting that this was a bottle of Prosecco, and not the Champagne. Well done!

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

I have a few interesting reads to bring to your attention. First, have you ever heard about 27-liter ( 3 cases worth) bottle of the wine called Primat? I personally have not. Here is a link to the article from Mike Veseth,  where he is talking about his extreme wines of the year – that Primat bottle sounds very extreme to me, but there is a lot more to read there.

Next I want to bring to your attention a few posts from Dr. Vino, where is covering latest happenings around the counterfeited wines, Rudy Kurniawan trial and more. Just go and read (and watch) them – CBS Sunday Morning episode, Outtakes form the trial, the verdict.

Last but not least – a great collection of Christmas wine cartoons, as presented in the Wine Wankers blog. No other comments needed here.

And we are done! The glass is empty, but the refill is on the way. Open some great bottles tonight! Happy Holidays and Cheers!

  1. December 25, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Darn it! I should have recognized that bottle!

    • talkavino
      December 25, 2013 at 11:33 am

      Have you had this Champagne?

  2. PSsquared
    December 25, 2013 at 11:08 am

    I figured it was a wine bottle of sorts, but none of my Google efforts paid off. It was a very creative quiz!

    • talkavino
      December 25, 2013 at 11:34 am

      Thank you! This was a difficult one. Believe me, I would fail : ) I have an interesting idea for the next one. It will be visual again

  3. December 25, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Oh wow: what a beautiful bottle, Anatoli. True, I am still more drawn by the content 😉 but I have to say that this is really beautiful and it is true that it is reminiscent of for instance the Kremlin’s architecture. Smart. Please make sure that you let us know how you liked the wine after you pop it on New Year’s eve!
    Happy Holidays and… see you real soon! 🙂

    • talkavino
      December 25, 2013 at 1:38 pm

      Thanks Stefano! And we will be trying the wine together on the 1st, no worries : )

      • December 25, 2013 at 2:03 pm

        Oh wow, I am even more excited now!!! 🙂

  4. December 26, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    Honorable Mention! I’ll take it! Merry Christmas – hope you had a great one!

    • talkavino
      December 27, 2013 at 5:59 am

      Thank you and same to you! Happy Holidays!

  5. December 31, 2013 at 3:08 am

    Thanks for the mention and I hope your New Year kicks off better than all others. Prost!

    • talkavino
      December 31, 2013 at 7:09 am

      My pleasure! Thank you and Happy New Year!

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