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Weekly Wine Quiz #99: Grape Trivia – Blends, Part 3

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Welcome to the weekend and your new wine quiz!

We are continuing our grape trivia series, focusing on the blends, even if it is a blend of 1. White, Red, Rosé, Sparkling, Still, Fortified and Dessert – all goes. Oh yes, and we will blend in some regions as well.

And now, to the quiz!

Q1: Sangiovese is the main grape used in production of Chianti. By itself, sometimes it might lack the intensity of the color. For a while, another grape was added to Sangiovese wines specifically to enhance their color. Can you name that grape?

Q2: I’m blending together Xarel-lo, Macabeo and Parellada. Which wine I’m most likely making?

Q3: In the past, this white grape used to be blended into the Chianti wines, and now its use is simply prohibited in some of those Chianti wines. Can you name that grape?

Q4: You can say whatever you want, but Bordeaux and Burgundy are the hallmarks of wine world, and everybody try to measure up to them. Name two regions in Italy, one sometimes compared to Bordeaux, and another one to Burgundy.

Q5: Name the missing grape: Crljenak Kaštelanski, Primitivo, ?, Zinfandel

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

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  1. Gene Castellino
    April 19, 2014 at 7:51 am

    1. canaiolo
    2. cava
    3. malvasia
    4. piemonte and tuscany
    5. tribidrag

    • talkavino
      April 19, 2014 at 8:07 am

      Great answers! For the #4, if you don’t mind clarifying, which region is is compared to Bordeaux and which one to Burgundy?

  2. Gene Castellino
    April 19, 2014 at 8:42 am

    piemonte/burgundy tuscany/bordeaux

    • talkavino
      April 19, 2014 at 8:42 am

      great, thanks!

  3. April 19, 2014 at 9:21 am

    1. There seems to be several that fit this description, but I will go with Cabernet Sauvignon
    2. Cava
    3. Again, there seems to be more than one: Malvasia and Trebbiano (both used prior to 2006, now both are banned).
    4. Burgundy/Piemonte, Bordeaux/Tuscany
    5. Tribidrag

    • talkavino
      April 19, 2014 at 9:27 am

      very good, thanks for playing Jeff!

  4. m.plazio@inwind.it
    April 19, 2014 at 10:18 am


    1. Colorino

    2. Cava

    3. Trebbiano

    4.Bolgheri and Piedmont

    5. Plavac Mali

    Happy Easter

    Mario Plazio

    • talkavino
      April 19, 2014 at 10:44 am

      Excellent work, Mario, thanks for playing! Happy Easter to you too!

  5. April 19, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    1. Colorino (Colorino actually derives from the Italian word colore, which means color). I’m pretty sure that Canaiolo is not correct because Canaiolo was added to Chianti blends for its sugar content.
    2. Cava.
    3. There are probably two answers for this: Since 2006 Trebbiano and Malvasia are both prohibited in Chianti blends (with Chianti Colli Senesi being an exception).
    4. The Super Tuscans/Bolgheri try to make wine similar to Bordeaux. Some say the Piedmont tries to copy Burgundy but I’m not sure sure about this. Anyways Bolgheri – Bordeaux & Piedmont – Burgundy
    5. Probably Tribidrag

    Happy Easter Anatoli!

    • talkavino
      April 19, 2014 at 2:50 pm

      Great work, Julian! Regarding Bordeaux and Burgundy comparison – this is not based on the actual grape blends. Such comparison are often going quite deep and done in the style of wines, in the approach to the vinemaking, use of general area/vineyard/single vineyard/plot within single vineyard and so on.

    • talkavino
      April 19, 2014 at 2:53 pm

      and Happy Easter Julian!

  6. April 19, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    1: Cabernet Sauvignon? Although I have an inkling i’m not right.
    2: Cava
    4:Bordeaux>Tuscany, Burgundy>Alto Adige

    Fun quiz!

    • talkavino
      April 19, 2014 at 11:13 pm

      thanks for playing, glad you like it! What about the last question?

      • April 19, 2014 at 11:17 pm

        Ha! must of been a subconscious miss as I honestly thought it went Primitivo then Zinfandel.

  7. benway69
    April 20, 2014 at 4:51 am

    q#99;off the top of my head; merlot, cava, trebbiano, barolo/chianti, plavic mali (or however u spell it). how close was i?

    Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:08:44 +0000 To: gcallahan007@hotmail.com

    • talkavino
      April 20, 2014 at 9:03 am

      welcome and thanks for playing! You did very good – 3 out of 5. Answers are coming on Wednesday.

  1. April 23, 2014 at 9:36 am

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