Answers to Wine Quiz #4 (October 12, 2004)
- Which of the following was not designated as a First Growth wine in
the 1855 Classification of Médoc and Graves château wines?
Mouton-Rothschild was elevated to a First Growth in the 1973 vintage.
- Haut Brion
- What is chaptalisation?
Chaptalisation is the addition of sugar to fermenting grape juice
to boost the alcohol in weak vintages. The practice was authorised in
France by a Minister of Agriculture named Jean-Antoine Chaptal during
Louis Napoleon's reign.
- What is the length of the longest cork used to close a wine bottle?
- 45 mm
- 50 mm
- 55 mm
- 60 mm
The longest cork is 60 mm, found in Angelo Gaja's single vineyard
- How many bottles are contained in a Balthazar of champagne?
A Balthazar of champagne contains 16 bottles.
- What are the five preferred grapes used in the production of vintage
Vintage port is usually made from Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz,
Touriga Francesa, Tinta Barroca and Tinta Cao.
- What does the term "Hock" mean?
Hock is a generic term for Rhine wines a contraction of the
English term Hockamore, which was a mispronunciation of Hochheim, the
town at the eastern end of the Rheingau region.
- How would you use a "thief" in the wine cellar?
A "thief" is a glass pipette used to draw off samples from
a barrel. The column fills with wine when immersed; a thump placed on
the top end will hold the wine in column until released.
- Name the town across the Douro River from Oporto where the port lodges
can be found.
Port lodges can be found in Vila Nova de Gaia.
- Apart from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, what other
grapes are used in red Bordeaux?
Malbec and Petit Verdot are also used in red Bordeaux.
- Who was voted Ontario's Winemaker of the Year at the 2004 Ontario
Ann Sperling was voted Ontario's Winemaker of the Year at the 2004
Ontario Wine Awards.