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Weekly Wine Quiz #103: Grape Trivia – Blends, Part 7

wine quiz pictureThe 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,  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 and even wineries as well, just to make it more fun.

So how do you feel about red blends for today? I know, the temperatures in US and Europe are rising, but quite honestly, while I know that it is very popular and appropriate to set the wine preferences based on the temperature outside (red for the winter, whites and light red for the summer), I personally go by the mood and general desire, no matter what the thermometer says. So for today, it is reds.

And now, to the quiz!

Q1: As you know, Merlot is one of the Bordeaux stars. Below are some of the best Merlot wines Bordeaux can produce, but only some of them are made from 100% Merlot. Do you know what wines are those?

a. Château Le Pin

b. Château Petrus

c. Château Hossana

d. Château Certan Marzelle

Q2: What is common between the following 3 Bordeaux producers: Château Trotte Vieille, Château Belle Assise, Château Le Bel

Q3: Wine lovers around the world are well familiar with so called GSM wines and their great range of expression, coming from Rhone valley in France, Australia, US and may other places. If we are to replace the Syrah in GSM blend with the Cinsault, which will produce powerful, dense, concentrated, long living red wines, where do you think such a wine most likely will come from? You need to name not just the country, but the exact region in order to get a full point here.

Q4: Sangiovese is a star grape of Italy, used in many regions and producing great range of wines. Montepulciano is another well known red Italian grape, most often associated with juicy, delicious and versatile wines made in the region of Abruzzo. If the wine is made as a blend of Monteluciano and Sangiovese, often in 50/50 proportions (doesn’t have to be always 50/50), can you name the region where these wines would most likely come from?

Q5: Below is the [partial] list of grapes which I personally call “Power Grapes” (I’m contemplating the blog post under the same name for a while). When used on their own (at a 100%, no blending), these typically black-skinned grapes produce powerful, dense, extremely concentrated wines, often with gripping tannins. For each grape below, can you identify the region(s) and the country(ies) making best known wines from those grapes? You don’t have to name all countries and the regions, one per grape is enough:

a. Alicante Bouschet

b. Sagrantino

c. Saperavi

d. Tannat

e. Vranec (or Vranac)

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

  1. May 17, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Tough one this week!

    • talkavino
      May 17, 2014 at 10:38 am

      I hope it is still fun! And remember, google is your friend 🙂

      • May 17, 2014 at 11:14 am

        That feels like cheating 🙂

        • talkavino
          May 18, 2014 at 9:09 am

          It is not! It is impossible to know everything! The whole idea behind my quizzes is to facilitate fun learning – hence every quiz is preceded with the little note that researching your answer is totally fine!

  2. May 17, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Here’s my attempt:
    1: b
    2: St Emilion
    3: this is a tough one for me. Just gonna stab in the dark…Portugal, South east region maybe?
    4: Throw in the towel for this.
    5: A – Portugal, B – Italy, C – Georgian, D – Austria, E – Hungary?

    Damn…that was tough.

    • talkavino
      May 18, 2014 at 9:07 am

      Thanks for playing, very good work. I hope tough makes it more fun : ) Answers are coming on Wednesday.

  3. May 17, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    1. This is a tricky question because I red that 95% of Chateau Petrus’s vineyards are Merlot and 5% are Cabernet Franc. However, the Cabernet Franc is only used in certain vintages. So in some years Petrus is 100% Merlot and in others it’s not.
    Château Certan Marzelle produces a wine with 100% Merlot.
    So I think D is correct and in certain vintages answer B is also true.

    2. All three wineries are from St. Emilion.

    3. Wineries in the Gigondas AOC blend Cinsault. Mouverdre and Grenache but I also red that some wineries from Chateauneuf du Pape AOC also blend these grapes.

    4. Le Marche. The traditional blend of Rosso Piceno DOC is 50% Sangiovese and 50% Montepulciano.

    5. A – Alentejo (Portugal) B – Montefalco (Italy) C – Kakheti (Georgia) D – This one is tricky but Tablas Creek Vineyard from Paso Robles (USA) produces a varietal Tannat. In the French Maidran AOC some wineries produce wines with 100% Tannat. E – Montenegro (grown throughout the country, Vranac makes up for more than 70% of Montenegro’s plantings).

    I agree with the others, tough quiz this week! Looking forward to your answers.

    • talkavino
      May 18, 2014 at 9:06 am

      Great work, Julian, as usual. The difficulty level was unintentional – when I create the quiz, I try to come up with the interesting questions which would be challenging, but not too technical, but it is hard to predict if the questions would be hard to answer or not. I had questions in the past which I thought were very difficult, only to see them being answered with ease, so I really can’t predict how every quiz will turn out…
      The answers will be coming on Wednesday, as usual.

  4. May 17, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    Q1 No clue, even Petrus using a bit of CF…tricky

    Q2 They make a straight 100% Cabernet Franc (which I must try!)

    Q3 Bandol, France

    Q4 Marche, Umbria, Lazzio too

    Q5a Alicante Bouschet: Alentejo, Portugal
    b. Sagrantino: Montefalco, Italy
    c. Saperavi: Georgia
    d. Tannat: Madiran, France
    e. Vranec: Macedonia (although I’ve never seen one =(

    • talkavino
      May 18, 2014 at 9:24 am

      Excellent work, as usual! Yes, those Balkan wines (Vranec etc.) are hard to find – but if you are ever in New York, it is not impossible.

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