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Wine Quiz #126: Which One Does Not Belong

October 17, 2020 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!

Our last quiz was about numbers in wine. What I asked you to do is to figure out the logic (numbers) behind the items listed in the question, where each item has some sort of number associated with it, and then sort those numbers in the required order. Below are the questions, now with the answers:

Q1: Sort the following in the ascending order:

Arbois, Augusta, Douro, Rioja, Vernaccia di San Gimignano

Answer: the above list represents the very first appellations designated in the respective countries. The right order is:

Douro (1756), Rioja (1925), Arbois (1935), Vernaccia di San Gimignano (1966), Augusta (1980)

Q2: Sort the following in the ascending order:

Balthazar, Goliath, Jeroboam, Magnum, Marie Jeanne, Melchizedek, Methuselah, Nebuchadnezzar, Rehoboam, Salmanazar, Solomon, Sovereign

Answer: These are bottle sizes, so the right order is (with the link to the source):

Magnum (1.5L), Marie Jeanne (2.25L), Jeroboam (3L), Rehoboam (4.5L), Methuselah (6L), Salmanazar (9L), Balthazar (12L), Nebuchadnezzar (15L), Solomon (18L), Sovereign (26.25L), Goliath (27L), Melchizedek (40L)

Q3: From January to June 2020, Italy exported the highest amount of wine among all major wine-producing countries, at 577M liters (769M bottles). Sort this list of wine exports per country for the same period of time in descending order:

Argentina, Australia, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, USA

Answer: As you know these are the wine exports, all you needed to do is to find the right source of data. In today’s world, absolute truth doesn’t exist, so my source of information is the Italian online publication called Wine by Numbers, freely available for download. Here is the answer:

Italy 577M
France 455.7M
Spain 345M
Chile 225M
Australia 154.3M
Germany 120M
Argentina 84M
New Zealand 78.3M
South Africa 55.7M

I’m happy to report that we had one player who decided to take this quiz – Jason Brandt Lewis. He correctly answered question #2, so he definitely gets an honorable mention!

Okay, for today’s quiz, let’s play another wine game – what doesn’t belong? Below are three questions. In each question, you will see a list of items that all have a common thread – only one or two (not more than 2) of those items simply don’t belong there. Can you identify what the lists are and what item(s) don’t belong and why? Here you go:

Question 1:

Cork taint

Question 2:

La Rioja

Question 3:


I think today’s quiz is the easiest so far, so I’m looking forward to congratulating many winners!

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

  1. Jason Brandt Lewis
    October 17, 2020 at 12:03 pm

    Q1: Of Cork taint, Maderization, Mercaptan, Oxidation and Sapidity, only Sapidity something that is perceptive to taste, or flavorful. The first four are all flaws/faults in a wine. You may be able to taste the flaw, but Sapidity in and of itself is not a flaw.

    Q3: Of Madeira, Marsala, Banyuls, Port, Sherry, and Sauternes, only Sauternes is not fortified.

    As for Q2…I need too work on that one.


  2. Jason Brandt Lewis
    October 17, 2020 at 12:09 pm

    OK. That’s what I thought, but…I’ll confess I “cheated” and used Google to verify the location of “Jujuy,” but of Salta, Patagonia, Jujuy, La Rioja, Atacama, and Catamarca, only “La Rioja” does not belong. It is in Spain, while everything else in is Argentina.

    Sincerely, Jason Brandt Lewis Jason Brandt Lewis E douro@mac.com M 510.708.1860 T 510.540.1221 H 1411 Queens Rd. Berkeley, CA 94708-2115 USA


    • October 17, 2020 at 10:40 pm

      Thanks for playing, excellent! My answers are coming next Saturday.

  3. Dorothy Schuler
    October 17, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    Hi – It was pretty easy.

    Sapidity is not a wine fault.

    La Rioja is in Spain, not in Argentina or South America.

    Sauternes is the only wine on the list that isn’t fortified.


    • October 17, 2020 at 10:38 pm

      Thanks for playing, very well done! The answers are coming next Saturday.

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