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Answers to Wine Quiz #2 (August 17, 2004)

  1. What is the major grape of the Northern Rhône?
    Syrah
  2. Which producer made the first commercially available Icewine in Canada?
    Hainle Vineyards – Okanagan Riesling Icewine 1978
  3. What does a riddler do in the cellar?
    A riddler agitates bottles of champagne by hand to collect the dead yeast cells on the cork prior to removing them.
  4. Which of the following grapes is not used in the production of champagne: Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier?
    Pinot Blanc
  5. What is a punt (in wine terms, not football) and what is its use?
    A punt is the indentation in the bottom of a bottle. Before the use of filtration, the punt collected the dead yeast cells. It also strengthened bottles used for sparkling wines.
  6. What's the difference between must and pomace?
    Must is the freshly pressed grape juice and grape particles before fermentation; pomace is the grape residue (skins, pits, stalks) after the newly fermented wine has been drawn off.
  7. What is grappa made from?
    Grappa is a distillate made from pomace (the left-over grape residue).
  8. What does Meritage mean?
    Meritage is a California-coined term for a Bordeaux style blend – Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot for red, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon for whites.
  9. What is the usual name for a grape the South Africans call Steen?
    Chenin Blanc
  10. To what does the French term veraison refer?
    Veraison means the stage of development when the young grapes begin to develop colour.

 

 

 

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