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Wednesday Meritage – Wine Quiz Answer, Bordeaux 2012, Bottle Variations, Dishcrawl and more

April 24, 2013 8 comments

Meritage time!

Let’s start with the answer for Wine Quiz #55, Grape Trivia: Pinot Noir. In the quiz you were supposed to answer five questions about Pinot Noir grape – here are the questions with the answers:

Q1: Can you explain the source and meaning of the grape’s name “Pinot Noir”?

A: Pinot Noir literally translates as “black pine”, due to the grape cluster’s resemblance of the pine cone.

Q2: True or False: Burgundy has the biggest plantings of Pinot Noir in France?

A: False – Champagne has much bigger area planted with Pinot Noir

Q3: Match the wine/producer with its country/region:

A. Mt. Difficulty 1. Burgundy
B. Evening Land 2. New Zealand
C. Fleury 3. Champagne
D. Hamilton Russell 4. Oregon
E. Clos de Tart 5. South Africa

A: A2, B4, C3, D5, E1

Q4: Which major wine-producing country is literally unknown as a Pinot Noir producer?

A: Spain. There are literally no Pinot Noir wines coming out of Spain

Q5: From 1990 to 2010, annual Pinot Noir harvest in California increased approximately:

a. 2 times, b. 3 times, c. 5 times, d. 7 times, e. 9 times

A: According to the information you can find here, production of Pinot Noir went from 32,000 tons in 1990 to 147,732 in 2010 – thus correct answer is C, about 5 times.

Looking at the answers, it seems that everybody had no issues answering first 3 questions, but the last two proved to be more difficult. Nevertheless, we have 2 winners  – armchairsommelier and vinoinlove both answered all questions correctly, so they get unlimited bragging rights. Jeff at thedrunkencyclist gets honorable mention with 4 correct Google free answers, as well as RedWineDiva also with 4 correct answers. Well done!

By the way, what do you think the theme of the next quiz will be? I’m going along the lines of major grapes, so what do you think is next?

Now, to the interesting stuff around the grapevine. Let’s start from Bordeaux 2012, or En Primeur 2012 event which recently took place in Bordeaux. This event takes place in the Spring of each year in Bordeaux, and this is the time when Bordeaux wines of previous year are offered for the future sales, and prices for those future sales are set. En Primeur 2012 was different from most of the prior years’ events – first, because Chateau  Latour, one of the five famous First Growth producers, stopped participating in this events (from now on, they will only sell their wines when they are actually ready to drink, not the futures). Second interesting element – China’s appetite for Bordeaux is getting smaller, and now prices need to be corrected. Anyway, here is a summary by Jancis Robinson, offering her insight after attending the En Primeur 2012.

Now, I want to bring to your attention an interesting article about… bottle variations. No, I’m not talking about imperfections of the glass – I’m talking about the actual content, the wine, being different from bottle to the bottle. Here is the link – I think it is a very interesting reading.

Do you like beer? Yes, of course it is okay to like beer even if you are a wine lover. So if you like beer, here is an interesting site for you  – BrewGene. It is both a web site and an app, which will allow you to find information on the beer, see what the others think about it, get recommendations for similar beers and more – I think this is pretty cool, so check it out.

Last but not least, a couple of food events – sorry, they are really only local events, but I want to mention them in any case. Dishcrawl, which I mentioned in my previous Meritage post, just announced a new event on June 11th, which will be taking place in Old Greenwich, Connecticut. As of the time of this writing, there were still 17 tickets available – if you are local in the area, or plan to visit around June 11th date – don’t miss out. Here is the link to the web site for you.

Another food related event is Taste of Westport, which will take place on May 2nd from 6 pm to 9 pm. Here is the link with lots of information about the event, all coming from OmNomCT blog which is a priceless source of information about all things food and drink in CT – if you live in Connecticut or in a close proximity, and you are not following this blog, you have to correct this mistake immediately.

And that’s about all I have for you, folks. The glass is empty. Until the next time – cheers!

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