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Weekly Wine Quiz #91: Grape Trivia – Cinsault

February 1, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments


Cinsault Grapes. Source: Wikipedia

Cinsault Grapes. Source: Wikipedia

The Wine Quiz series is not meant to intimidate. The whole idea here is to have fun and learn something new. When answering the questions, it is fully encouraged to use all available sources of information, including Google or any other search engine. There are no embarrassing answers – the most embarrassing thing is not giving it a try…

Welcome to the weekend and your new wine quiz!

We are continuing our grape trivia series, with the focus still on the red grapes, and today’s subject is Cinsault – for the French purists, we should drop an “l” there and call the grape Cinsaut.

At first, I wanted to call Cinsault an “unsung hero”, but I don’t think it would be the right way to put it. Yes, about 20 years ago, Cinsault plantings in France were exceeding those of Cabernet Sauvignon – but this was 20 years ago. Cinsault is best known for 2 things: it is a blending grape in many of the Rosé wines in Provence and Languedoc, and it is a father (or mother, if you prefer) of Pinotage – the unique South African grape we talked about last time. Cinsault is a black-skinned, early ripening grape which has a tendency to overproduce, easily yielding 6 – 10 tons of grapes per acre (high yield typically means less flavor in each grape). When the yield is controlled at 2 – 4 tons, Cinsault produces very aromatic, fragrant grapes. Cinsault grapes also naturally low in tannin but impart good color, which makes them well suited for Rosé production.

While the biggest Cinsault plantings are still located in France, the grape is growing all other the world – Algeria, Chile, Italy, Morocco, South Africa, Turkey, United States and number of other countries have Cinsault plantings. What is interesting to note that today, when winemakers are constantly in the quest to produce unique and different wines, the  single grape red (!) Cinsault bottlings from Chile, South Africa and the United States from the last few vintages have wine critics and writers rave about beautiful, fresh and elegant characteristics of the wines. I think we didn’t see the last of Cinsault yet.

And now, to the quiz!

Q1: Name 3 grapes, traditional blending partners of Cinsault in Provençal Rosé

Q2: In which US state the history of winemaking is associated with Cinsault?

a. Oregon

b. Texas

c. Virginia

d. Washington

Q3: The oldest continuously producing Cinsault vineyard in the world is located in:

a. Algeria

b. France

c. South Africa

d. United States

Q4: True or False: Cinsault is one of the 30 most planted grapes in the world

Q5: Considering Cinsault plantings worldwide, sort the countries below from the largest area plantings to the lowest:

a. Algeria

b. France

c. Morocco

d. South Africa

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

  1. February 1, 2014 at 11:46 am

    I love the quizzes going to try to answer some of the questions, did some research:
    1. grenache,syrah, mourvedre. 2. Washington 3. France 4. guessing true 5. Algeria, Morocco, France, south africa.
    Welll, I tried!!

    • talkavino
      February 1, 2014 at 11:59 am

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

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