A Quiz for Winerds

I always enjoy the weekly wine quizzes offered by The Drunken Cyclist, and Talk-O-Vino. They are fun and interesting, and I always learn something. I thought I’d offer a quiz of my own, though I don’t know if this will become a regular part of my blog. For now, it’s just for fun.

1) The result of the rain shadow effect is that the valley east of the mountain range gets very little precipitation because the clouds cannot rise high enough to clear the mountains until they empty themselves. Thus, by the time the clouds are over the valley, they have no precipitation left. Name four wine growing areas that benefit from the rain shadow effect.

2) The three most common climates for wine-growing regions are Mediterranean, continental, and maritime. Mediterranean is the most ideal for wine growing because of its mild, dry summers and cool, wet winters. Some wine growing regions are found in marginal climates, that is, climates that are just barely able to produce wine grapes. Name two wine growing areas that have sub-tropical climates

3) Since the outbreak of the root louse, phylloxera in the 19th century, most vineyards have been replanted by grafting the vinafera vines to the rootstock of a North American species that is resistant to the louse. Name two wine growing regions that still use vinafera rootstock. Why are they able to do this?

4) I am having a dinner party and I am inviting my friends, Pedro Ximenez, Gordo Blanco, Xarel-Lo, and Crljenak Kastelanski. Tell me where my friends are from, what wine I will be serving, and in what order.

5) Name three wine growing regions that have Mediterranean climates, but are not on the Mediterranean.

6) The name Riesling is often given to grapes that are completely unrelated to the Rhine Riesling grape. Which of the following is a true Rhine Riesling:
a) Cape Riesling
b) Weisser Riesling
c) Welschriesling

Good luck! Answers will be posted soon.

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6 comments on “A Quiz for Winerds

  1. It’s awfully late for such hard intellectual labor. But I’ll play.

    1. Alsace, Columbia Valley, Mendoza, Ribera del Duero

    2. Hunter Valley (or Queensland), not sure of another

    3. Much of Central Chile because it’s protected by ocean to the South and desert to the North and Australia because it is an island.

    4. Pedro Ximenez is Jerez. Gordo Blanco is another name for Muscat of Alexandria (used I think in Australia). Xarello is a grape used in Cava, so probably Penedes. Crljenak is the ancestor of Zinfandel from Serbia if I recall.

    5. Napa, Casablanca (Chile), Baja

    6. b

    Good Questions!

  2. Whoa, this is a tough one, but I guess I can give it a go….

    1. Vosges (Alsace), Cascades (Columbia Valley), Many different ranges around Piedmont, Southern Alps (New Zealand).
    2. Queensland, and I will go with Texas.
    3. There are still some vines owned by Bollinger which resisted the louse. There is also the Clos Vougeot where the louse did not make it over the walls. As for regions, I believe Chile and Argentina are phylloxera free.
    4. Xarel-lo is from Spain and you will serve Cava first. Next up is Crljenak Kastelanski who hails from Croatia, but has a bunch of close relatives in California. He prefers a fullbodied red wine (Zinfandel) and this would likely be served second. Gordo Blanco is from Australia, but his ancesters likely were Egyptian, he likes wines made from Muscat of Alexandria, a sweet wine, usually served with dessert. Last up is Pedro Ximenez who is from Spain and likes wines that are served at the very end of the meal, Sherry (although he calls them “PX” just to be cool).
    5. Napa Valley and Western Australia
    6. B.

  3. foxress says:

    Here are the answers to the quiz:

    1. The Rain Shadow effect: Columbia Valley, WA/Cascades, Mendoza, Argentina/Andes, Alsace, France/ Vosges, South Island, New Zealand/ Southern Alps. Other possibilities are Ribera del Duero/Cantabrian and Asti/Liguria

    2. Sub-tropical climates: Uraguay and Meidera

    3. Vinafera Rootstock: Chile and Washington state because of their sandy soils.

    4. Dinner Party (in order by body:) Xerel-Lo, Spain, Cava, Gordo Blanco, Australia, Muscat, Crljenak Kastelanski, Croatia, Zinfandel, Pedro Ximenex, Spain, Sherry

    5. Mediterranean Climates: Central Valley Chile, Portugal coast, Western Cape of Africa. Other good answers are Napa/Sonoma and Margaret River

    6. True Riesling: Weisser.

    Dwight and Jeff, I don’t think this quiz was hard enough for you. You both deserve an extra glass of wine tonight.

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