Wednesday’s Meritage – Wine Quiz Answer, 21 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About In-N-Out, Another Wine Crisis in Numbers, Coravin Ouch
Let’s start with the answer to the wine quiz #104, Grape Trivia – Blends, Part 8.
For the long time, the grape trivia series was focused on the single grapes. But now we are stirring things up, so all the questions in the quiz are about blends (well, even if it is a blend of one ), as most of the wines in the world are actually blends. As usual, there are 5 questions in the quiz.
Here are the questions, now with the answers:
Q1: Some of the most expensive (on release, not at the auction) white wines in the world are made from one and the same grape. Can you name that grape?
A1: Chardonnay! When it comes to the white wines, they don’t get any more expensive that DRC Montrachet (about $4,000 on release), which is made out of 100% Chardonnay grape.
Q2: I’m sure you know Spanish red wines, but how well do you know Spanish white wines, which are equally delicious and exciting? Try to pair the white grapes below with the regions you think they best represent:
|a. Albariño||1. Rioja|
|b. Hondurrabi Zuri||2. Penedes|
|c. Verdejo||3. Rias Baixas|
|d. Viura||4. Txakoli de Bizkaia|
|e. Xarel-lo||5. Rueda|
A2: A3, B4, C5, D1 and E2 are the correct combinations.
Q3: What is common between Seven Daughters White, Middle Sister Wicked White and Pancake Cellars Big Day White? Don’t dig too dip on this question, I’m only looking for a simple answer.
A3: If we look at all 3 wines, they are all represent blends of large number of different white grapes. Seven Daughters White: Pinot Gris, Orange Muscat, Symphony, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay. Middle Sister Wicked White: 36% Chardonnay, 32% Chenin Blanc, 21% Gewurztraminer, 11% Other White. Pancake Big Day White: 37% Chardonnay, 23% Sauvignon Blanc, 15% Viognier, 15% Pinot Blanc, 10% Muscat Canelli. So the answer is that all three wines are the blends of large number of white grapes, and all three have Chardonnay as part of the blend.
Q4: When it comes to the white wines, this country is best known for its Riesling, Chardonnay and Semillon wines. If we will replace Semillon with Sauvignon Blanc, we will move to another country with these grapes being the best known trio. From which country to which country we are traveling here?
A4: Semillon makes wonderful, long aging wines in Hunter Valley in Australia, and New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is an absolute staple, well known all around the world, so the answer is that we are traveling from Australia to New Zealand.
Q5: As you [most likely] know, the soccer (which is known as football for all living outside of US) World Cup will open up in less that 2 weeks in Brazil. This famous producer made a special version of its very well known blended wine just for the sparkling festivities of the great game celebration. Can you name this famous producer?
A5: This happened to be a culprit question, despite the fact that I did my best to give you hints, by using the words “famous producer” and “sparkling festivities”. Also the whole quiz was designated as white blend quiz. Nevertheless, everybody answered this question the same – Lidio Carraro. With my utmost respect to Lidio Carraro, I never heard of that producer before, and I don’t believe it makes any of the wines which we can call a “very well known blended wine”. So the right answer is… Tattinger! The famous French producer of Champagne (famous, blended, and sparking) produced a special NV Tattinger Brut Réserve FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 Edition Cuveé to commemorate the World Cup competition.
When it comes to the results, we had a great participation in the quiz, but didn’t have a winner. I still would like to acknowledge Gene Castellino (no web site), vinoinlove and the drunken cyclist who all correctly answered 4 questions out of 5. Well done!
Now, to the interesting stuff around the vine and the web!
I have to honestly admit – I’m not a fan of the fast food joints. However, I have one exception, one technically a fast food place, which I’m happy to visit every time I have a slightest opportunity – In-N-Out Burger. This is a chain of the fast food restaurants, located mostly in California and [very] slowly expanding to the other states, where in general you can only see 3 items on the menu – burger, double burger ( called double-double) and cheeseburger. But their food is so fresh and so delicious, I’m ready to eat it at any time. I also know that In-N-Out Burger has secret menu, with the items like “animal style” – a special sauce with fried onions which can be put either on French fries or on the burger itself. But – I had no idea that you can actually order 7 different types of French fries, or that In-N-Out has its own academy (!) where employees get their training. My friend Pablo sent me a link to an excellent post, where you can read 21 lesser known facts about In-N-Out Burger – here is the link where you can find the post and get to know In-N-Out a bit better.
While looking for the interesting information to share with you, I came across a post on ABC News web site, which was talking about latest case of counterfeit wines in Italy. I found it a bit boring and not worthy of sharing here. However, one little item attracted my attention – it stated that it is considered that about 20% of the wine in the world is counterfeit. I ignored that statement, and then I came across the post on W. Blake Gray web site, where he was analyzing and explaining the absurdity of that 20% number – to reach the level of 20% of the world-wide wine production to be counterfeit, it would require for the counterfeit wines to be produced in the quantity bigger that the total yearly wine production of France – I really don’t see how that would be possible, unless you plan to make all your counterfeit wine out of the coca-cola powder. For more details of the analysis, please take a look at the original blog post.
And the last one for today. I would assume you heard about Coravin – the device (a wine preservation system, to be precise) which allows to extract the wine from the closed bottle and replace it with the inert gas. Using Coravin, you can technically extend the drinking of your prized bottles for the long time, being able to drink the wine one glass at a time. It turns out that in some cases, while using Coravin device, the bottles can blow up, causing the laceration and, obviously, loss of the prized wine. As reported by Dr. Vino, Coravin found the situation to be bad enough to stop all the sales of the device at the moment. For more information and to read the exact Coravin letter to the owners of the devices, please take a look here at Dr. Vino’s blog.
And we are done here. The glass is empty – but the refill is on its way! Cheers!