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Wednesday’s Meritage – Wine Quiz Answer, Luxury Wines in US, Rosé for How Much?, Last Call Wines

P1120613 Peter Michael L'Espirit Le PavotsMeritage time!

Let’s start with the answer to the wine quiz #106, Father’s Day Special – An Odd Bunch. Exactly as the name says, it was a Father’s Day special quiz with somewhat of an odd questions. The key to solving this quiz was in the descriptive sentence where I mentioned that it will be “a little bit about politics, a little bit about power, a little bit about the money, and may be just a touch about dreams”. I will explain below.

Here are the questions, now with the answers:

Q1: What the following wineries have in common? Chester-Kidder, Modus Operandi Cellars, Beckmen Vineyards, Mumm Napa, Peter Michael

A1: As you can see, the “politics” was the first item I mentioned. You can decide whether this was a good hint or not, but the wines of all of these wineries had being served at various times at so called State Dinners – the dinners which US President hosted at White House in honor of the dignitaries from the other countries. For more information, you can take a look here, for example.

Q2: What the following producers have in common? Pol Roger, Domaine William Fevre, Domaine de la Romanée Conti, Château Lynch-Bages, Veuve Clicquot

A2: This is also a “political” item. All of these wines had being served by the Queen Elizabeth during the dinners in honor of the different state dignitaries. Here is the link where you can read more.

Q3: What is common between the following wines/producers? Arbois Vin Jaune, Chateau d’Yquem, Romanée Conti, Château Lafite, Château Cheval Blanc, Heidsieck

A3: This is the “money” connection! The wines of these producers (with the exception of Vin Jaune, which I listed simply as a wine), had being sold at the different wine auctions at astonishing amounts of money. Just to give you some numbers, 1774 Arbois Vin Jaune was sold at the auction for about $74,000; 1787 Chateau d’Yquem for $100,000; 1907 Heidsieck for $275,000. Here you can find more information on most expensive wines in the world.

Q4: What the following grapes have in common? Sagrantino, Tannat, Bonarda/Charbono, Norton, Vranac

A4: This might be the most obscure of all. The connection is “power”, but this can be somewhat misleading, as this is my own way of classifying these grapes as “power” grapes. All of the grapes mentioned here are known for their typically very thick, often black, skin and very pronounced tannins in the wine. They also known (according to the various research) to deliver substantial medical benefits due to the very high concentration of phenols and anthocyanins.

Q5:  This one you can consider a bonus question, as it is almost personal. What is common between DRC, Petrus, Screaming Eagle, Quintarelli and Pingus?

A5: Did I mentioned the “dream” and “personal”? Yes, this is my personal [shortened] dream list of the wines I would love to taste rather sooner than later. You can find the full dream list here.

When it comes to the results I’m somewhat disappointed – nobody even tried to answer! Yes, I know, the quiz came out rather difficult, but I was still hoping at least someone would try to answer at least a few questions. Didn’t happen. Well, I hope that participation in the next quiz will be better.

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

Let’s start with some numbers. Wines &Vines Analytics  compiled special report regarding the 20 best selling luxury wine brands (bottle prices at $20 and up) in the United States. Turns out that the best selling luxury wine #1 is… Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio, with more than 147,000 cases sold for more than $36M! The very next wine #2, Decoy by Duckhorn is sold at nearly half of both volume (about 86,000 cases) and total revenues of about $20M. I think this is an interesting data you can ponder at. One question I would have for you – how many of those top selling wines do you have at any given moment in your cellar? I personally only have a few bottles of Jourdan, so I guess my answer would be 1 out of 20. Here is the link for you to explore all the data on your own.

Now, a question for you. How much are you willing to pay for the  bottle of Rosé? Okay, it is not your average Rosé, it is made by Sine Qua Non iconic winery from California, but then it is 1995 vintage, might be a bit past prime… So are you willing to pay at least $37,20o? Well, yes, I know, me too – but someone did. This was the highest bid price for this wine at the WineBid auction. You can read more about it in the Alder Yarrow’s rant in his Vinography blog.

Last but not least for today, I want to bring to your attention my latest discovery of the source of value wines – the web site called Last Call Wines. Their model is very similar to the Wine Til Sold Out – new wines are announced all the time, and there is a minimum number of bottles (I only saw 4 or less) which you need to order in order to receive a free shipping. But – they have a very nice feature on their site, which is called “past wines”. Where WTSO simply tells you about the wines you already missed, Last Call Wines actually allows you to combine your bottles from the current and past offerings in order to get to the minimum required number. Of course you can do it until the past wine is actually sold out – but you also know the available inventory for all the past and current offerings. I like this feature very much and took an advantage of it a few times. Go ahead and sign up for the Last Call Wines mailing list – and yes, you can thank me later.

And we are done here. The glass is empty – but the refill is on its way! Cheers!

  1. June 18, 2014 at 9:40 am

    First, I really do love Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio, but I think the price has gone up and up over the years (not supported by any hard data, just my memory)…Good for them but sad for me; I really want my Pinot Grigio to come in around $10-$15…is that a reasonable expectation?

    • talkavino
      June 18, 2014 at 1:07 pm

      I just saw Santa Margherita PG at Costco for $18.19. their price had being very stable for many many years at around $20. You should really look for some alternatives, both from Italy and maybe Alsace (Pinot Blanc) or Oregon (Pinot Gris).

      • June 18, 2014 at 2:58 pm

        Yes I have started branching out a bit but haven’t tried Pinot blanc…that might be next. Thanks!

  2. June 18, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Second, (sorry in a second comment) rose pricing in the US is unfortunately high when you can get a delicious Cotes de Provence bottle in France for 5euros. Same bottle here seems to be $15-$20 which I guess is importation and the like…sigh

    • talkavino
      June 18, 2014 at 1:08 pm

      In my local wine store there is a good selection of Rose at around $9.99, including Provence. Try to shop around…

  3. June 18, 2014 at 9:54 am

    I have two more bottles of Groth, and that is it. Just shy of 1,600 in the cellar and exactly two bottles from the top 20. I think I am proud of that. As for the quiz–way too hard for me!

    • talkavino
      June 18, 2014 at 1:09 pm

      Nice… 1600 bottles sounds good. I have under 400 and simply physically don’t have room for any more…. I’m happy with my two bottles of Jordan Cab :).

  4. June 18, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Great stuff as usual! I’ve been lucky enough to try Quintarelli Amarone Classico 1998 and DRC Echezeaux 2000 – two of the best wine experiences I’ve had… Would love to add the other 3 to the list!

    • talkavino
      June 18, 2014 at 4:56 pm

      Thank you! So you are at least 2 ahead of me 🙂 I need to catch up!

  5. June 19, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Ha! This is interesting: out of the “top 20” list, I own one bottle of Decoy (which was given to me) and one bottle of Caymus Special Selection which I bought out of curiosity (as you know!) 🙂

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