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Weekly [Wine] Quiz #122: What is it?

January 28, 2017 Leave a comment Go to comments

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!

Well, today’s quiz will not be about the wine – it is about something which leaves in the parallel universe to wine. But first, let’s talk about last week’s wine quiz #121, where you were supposed to identify the wine producers based on the images of the bottle tops.

The quiz again was not very simple, as for instance, Field Recordings is a very small producer, Horsepower Vineyards wines are literally impossible to find, and Lolonis Winery, an all-organic producer from Redwood Valley in California, closed in 2011. Nevertheless, we had some answers, and I would like to acknowledge  Zak Ginzburg who correctly identified 3 out of the 7 wines – great job, Zak!

Here are the answers:

Today’s quiz will be something we also played before. Below is a picture of some berries. No, those are not grapes, and they are not used to make wine of any sort. However, in the way those berries are treated and regarded by producers and consumers alike, there are many parallels to be made to the world of grapes and wines. So the question is – can you identify those berries and also provide examples of similarities between these berries and their product and the world of wine?

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

  1. January 28, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    Hmm. Could those be cranberries? A tart berry high in acidity and good for the heart! Or, perhaps they are acai berries which are rich in antioxidants and anthocyanins which are also present in red wines. A glass a day keeps the doctor away. Isn’t that what they say? 😉

    • talkavino
      January 28, 2017 at 4:41 pm

      You are 100% right about a glass 🙂 as for the picture, the answer is coming next week. 🙂

  2. January 28, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Coffee berries? I’m not much of a coffee connoisseur . . . I have to put so much cream and sugar in mine, it pretty much negates any of the nuances. Wish I had just taught myself to drink black coffee from the start!!

    • talkavino
      January 28, 2017 at 4:43 pm

      Excellent guess, Kirsten! Who knows, you might be right 🙂 but for sure, to enjoy, coffee should be had without any additives… oh wait, that would screw up the whole Starbucks existence…

  3. January 28, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    I also think coffee beans. Picked at the optimum time from special terroir that lends different qualities to each bean. Also many men named Ernest and Julio involved in the coffee trade. Then again it could be Saskatoon berries?

    • talkavino
      February 7, 2017 at 7:29 pm

      Excellent guess, Bill. Will provide an answer next Saturday.

  4. January 28, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Coffee Berries, and I agree with Duff’s Wines, terroir is one of the common aspects between wine and coffee, also the way that coffee and wine is cultivated, the high quality stuff, both wine and coffee, is looked after by hand and there is a significant process to identify the highest quality coffee berries and wine grapes.

    Starbucks is brown water, not really sure how it could be called coffee. In Australia they failed dismally, they could not generate enough interest from the locals, only tourists, so most outlets failed, the only ones that still exist are in high tourist traffic areas. When they closed down the failing outlets McDonalds came to the rescue of the Starbucks “Baristas” and tried to hire them. Some Sunday morning trivia.

    • talkavino
      February 7, 2017 at 7:33 pm

      Interesting fact about the Starbucks. While I’m not a fan of their loaded coffees, their regular stuff is drinkable, especially the lighter roasts. if I have to choose between McDonalds and Starbucks, I would always choose Starbucks. Anyway, thanks for playing and the answer is coming soon.

  5. January 28, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    Coffee berries. It’s totally a tasting thing out here. Ritual Coffee (the coffee place at the Oxbow where we met you) has vertical tastings of their current coffee offerings.

    • talkavino
      February 7, 2017 at 7:35 pm

      It is interesting how nuanced coffee gets if not killed with French Roast – don’t mean to offend anyone, just don’t like the super-dark roasts. Coffee vertical tasting sounds like fun! Thanks for playing – the answer is coming soon.

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