Quiz #3; Washington State

Here are the answers for last week’s quiz:

1) What percent of U.S. wine is made in California? The state of California contains 85% of vineyards in the U.S. and produces a whopping c)90% of U.S. wine!

2) Where are over 50% of California wine grapes grown? To get the answer to this question you have to think in terms of quantity, not necessarily quality. Yes, every wine country has its bulk wine region that often produces 50% of the country’s wine grapes. Ours is the a)Central Valley.

3) About how many wineries are there currently in Napa? As of 2010, there were over b)300 wineries in Napa. Napa is, however, only the third largest county in terms of wine grape acreage.

4) What county in California produces the most wine grapes? The answer to this question can be deduced by the answer to question #2. d)San Joaquin produces the most wine grapes. Second is Sonoma, and third, as mentioned in question #3 is Napa.

5) What is Sonoma’s most widely planted grape? This answer won’t surprise anyone, as everyone got it right. According to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics service, Sonoma has 15,000 acres of c)Chardonnay. Its second most planted grape is Cabernet Sauvignon at 11,500 acres. As an interesting comparison, Napa has 19,000 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon and only 7,100 acres of Chardonnay.

There are no winners for this quiz, but everyone who participated should treat himself to a glass of California wine. I hope the questions aren’t too boring. Frankly, I find numbers fascinating, sometimes downright jarring. 90%! Holy smokes!

Here’s the Washington State quiz:

1) Where does Washington state rank in terms of producer of vinifera wine in the U.S.?
a) 5th largest
b) 2nd largest
c) 4th largest
d) 3rd largest

2) What is the name of the mountain range that divides Washington state?
a) Sierra
b) Dividing Range
c) Cascades
d) Coastal

3) How many AVA’s are there in Washington state?
a) 16
b) 24
c) 7
d) 11

4) What is the geographically largest AVA in the U.S.?
a) Columbia Valley
b) Yakima Valley
c) Central Valley
d) Horse Heaven

5) What are the five most important grapes of Washington state?
a) Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay
b) Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay
c) Merlot, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Riesling
d) Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay, Riesling

Answers will be posted next week.

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9 comments on “Quiz #3; Washington State

  1. Damn, I was sooooo close! WOW, given that I seriously didn’t google anything I guess I should start playing the lottery…:) Will return to this quiz later.

  2. I don’t even try to guess, because that’s exactly what I’d be doing. But I do like to check in when the answers are up…. I’m always learning from you smarties. šŸ™‚

  3. vinoinlove says:

    I don’t know enough about wine from Washington State so I can’t participate but I’m looking forward to the answers

  4. foxress says:

    Well, nobody attempted the quiz this week. But, people are peaking, so here are the answers:

    1. b. Washington state ranks 2nd largest producer of vinafera wine in the U.S. New York is the 2nd largest producer of wine, but only 12.5% of New York wine is vinafera. Most of what they produce is French-American hybrid.

    2. c. The name of the mountain range that divides the state is the Cascades. They are what causes the rain-shadow effect that allows for so such good growing conditions on the eastern side of the mountains.

    3. d. There are 11 AVA’s in Washington state

    4. a. The geographically largest AVA in the U.S. is Columbia Valley.

    5. d. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay, and Riesling are Washington state’s 5 best grapes.

  5. I really meant to answer, and I was just about to, honest!

  6. aFrankAngle says:

    Just trying to catch up after returning from break. I’ll give this a short without the use of Google and the comments above.B, C, A, A, D

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