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The American Wines not from the United States Quiz

Posted by Rodolphe Boulanger, Dec 11, 2008.

And remember - no internet peeking!

1. What is the Zonda (and how does it impact wine)?

2. Which Canadian province produces the most wine?

3. Which three of the following wine regions are not in the Americas?

a.    Curico Valley
b.    Cerro Chapeu
c.    Similkameen Valley
d.    Swan Valley
e.    Tecate
f.    Casablanca Valley
g.    Mendoza
h.    Samson
i.    Campo de Borja
j.    Pelee Island

4. The oldest winery in the Americas (commercial production started in 1597) is in what country?

5. The largest wine company in Chile also.
•    Gets its name from a title granted by the King of Spain in 1718.
•    Is listed on the NYSE
•    Gave up distributing Coca-Cola in Chile because it wasn’t profitable enough!
•    Produces the Casillero del Diablo line of wines
What company is it?

6. Argentina is a nation of immigrants. After the First World War, it was the 8th richest nation in the world before things got off course. It has a rich wine culture that is heavily influenced by Italian traditions (where a majority of its immigrants originally came from). To the closest 10%, what percentage of Argentina’s population is of European Ancestry?

7. Like the US, Canada also suffered from Prohibition in the first third of the 20th century. However, Canada’s version of Prohibition wisely exempted wine from the general ban on alcohol, energizing the country’s nascent wine industry. After Repeal in 1927, the Canadian wine industry languished, producing sweet, alcoholic wines often labeled Sherry or Port. What Ontario producer started Canada’s boutique wine revolution in 1974 when it was granted the first commercial winery license since Prohibition?

8. The United States is the largest wine producer in the Americas. What nation is number 2?

9. Reportedly named for a southern belle and developed in South Carolina, Isabella, a hearty high-yielding grape praised for its disease-resistance, is the most widely planted grape in what South American country?

10. Who am I?
I am a red vinifera grape variety that plays an important role in two American countries (I am extremely important to one’s wine heritage, and more of a background grape to the other). I originally come from Europe and was brought by settlers who speak an unusual language isolate. In the Americas, I am usually plumper and smoother than I am in Europe.
Sometimes I am called Harriague, Moustrou, or Bordeleza. I like to play alone, but I can also share as I have been blended with Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet; I am even used in the production of fortified wines. Some people think I might do very well in Virginia, others like the UK researcher Roger Corder think that you would do well to drink my wines if you want to prolong your life.

Rodolphe Boulanger is President of The Wine Messenger , an online wine retailer focussed on small grower wines. Rodolphe is also currently a diploma student at the WSET in London.

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Reply by John Andrews, Dec 11, 2008.

Ask and you shall receive! Now let's see how I do ...

1. No idea. I know Zonda as an Italian super car from Italian design house / super car producer Pagani. I've only see it in Gran Turismo ... and one car show.





2. Well, there is 1 out of 10 chance and being Canadian I should know this. It is either British Columbia or Ontario. I'll be a 'homer' and go with Ontario.

3. c. Similkameen Valley, h. Samson, i. Campo de Borja,

4. Canada ... gotta show some national pride ... even if I am wrong.

5. Concha y Toro

6. German

7. It is either Peller Estates or Inniskillin. I'll go with Peller Estates

8. Argentina

9. Chile and Argentina are to obvious so I'll go with Uruguay

10. Malbec.

I'm hoping for at least 5 out of 10. :-)

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Dec 11, 2008.

1) A wind in south america. I can't recall if it is cooling or brings moisture as it descends from the Andes. Affects the climate though.
2)Ontario
3)
d. Swan Valley
h. Samson
i. Campo de Borja
4) Mexico
5) Concha Y toro
6) 75%
7) peller estate
8) Argentina
9) Brazil
10) tannat

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Reply by John Andrews, Dec 11, 2008.

Ummm ... I'd like to change my answer to number 6 as I read the question incorrectly. I'd like to submit:

6. 60% with 10% of them German. :-)

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Reply by Philip James, Dec 12, 2008.

John, I prefered your original answer. It reminds me of a game of Trivial Pursuit when I first moved to the US. The question was "Out of 10, how many Americans supper from Herpes Simplex". My date yelled "1 in 9", and I laughed we never went out together after that.

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Reply by Philip James, Dec 12, 2008.

1. Its a wind, cold and dry i think (although I thought it was in Europe)
2. Ontario
3. c,d,j
4. Brazil? Sounds like a Christopher Columus era kind of thing
5. ?
6. 70% - although its around 90% in Buenas Aires, but drops as you move into the mountains / patagonia
7. Iniskillin
8. Argentina
9. Argentina
10. Malbec

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Reply by John Andrews, Dec 12, 2008.

Want to 'bump' this to the top of the list get more people to take it. ;-)

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Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Dec 12, 2008.

Good call - some very good stabs so far, but I am waiting for some of the ol' regulars (Mark, Dan, etc) and some of the young guns to give it a shot.

Answers to come next week.

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Reply by John Andrews, Dec 13, 2008.

Dan?

Mark?

Bueller?

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Reply by Mark Angelillo, Dec 15, 2008.

Oh man -- I've been neglecting the quiz taking! Here we go...

1. Wow, no idea -- A Star Trek race known for their love of wine and their Bacchanalian parties?
2. Ontario
3. b, c, h
4. Argentina
5. Concha y Toro
6. 50%
7. Inniskillin
8. Argentina
9. Brazil
10. Malbec

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Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Dec 15, 2008.

The American Wines not from the United States Quiz Answers

1. What is the Zonda (and how does it impact wine)?
The Zonda is a fierce, hot wind out of the northwest in the La Rioja, San Juan and Mendoza provinces of Argentina. It can cause poor berry set and low crop yield if it blows during flowering.

The delectable and rare (fewer than 100 produced to date) Pagani Zonda sportscar with its AMG Mercedes-Benz V-12 engine is named after this wind.

2. Which Canadian province produces the most wine?

Ontario produces the majority of Canada’s wine.

By the way, wine made in Ontario (from grapes grown in Canada and elsewhere) still has a 40% market share in Ontario.

3. Which three of the following wine regions are not in the Americas?
a. Curico Valley Chile
b. Cerro Chapeu Uruguay
c. Similkameen Valley British Columbia, Canada
d. Swan Valley Australia
e. Tecate Mexico
f. Casablanca Valley Chile
g. Mendoza Argentina
h. Samson Israel
i. Campo de Borja Spain
j. Pelee Island Ontario, Canada

4. The oldest winery in the Americas (commercial production started in 1597) is in what country?

It is the Casa Madero in Mexico’s Parras Valley.

5. The largest wine company in Chile also.
• Gets its name from a title granted by the King of Spain in 1718.
• Is listed on the NYSE
• Gave up distributing Coca-Cola in Chile because it wasn’t profitable enough!
• Produces the Casillero del Diablo line of wines
What company is it?

Concha Y Toro

6. Argentina is a nation of immigrants. After the First World War, it was the 8th richest nation in the world before things got off course. It has a rich wine culture that is heavily influenced by Italian traditions (where a majority of its immigrants originally came from). To the closest 10%, what percentage of Argentina’s population is of European Ancestry?

It is actually 95% to 97% - Argentina and Uruguay are the “whitest” countries in Latin America.


7. Like the US, Canada also suffered from Prohibition in the first third of the 20th century. However, Canada’s version of Prohibition wisely exempted wine from the general ban on alcohol, energizing the country’s nascent wine industry. After Repeal in 1927, the Canadian wine industry languished, producing sweet, alcoholic wines often labeled Sherry or Port. What Ontario producer started Canada’s boutique wine revolution in 1974 when it was granted the first commercial winery license since Prohibition?

It is Karl Kaiser and Donald Ziraldo’s Inniskillin. Peller, another Canadian wine pioneer, purchased an existing winery and wine license.

8. The United States is the largest wine producer in the Americas. What nation is number 2?

Argentina and no other nation comes close. In fact, Argentina was the top producer (and consumer) in the Americas until the 1980s.

9. Reportedly named for a southern belle and developed in South Carolina, Isabella, a hearty high-yielding grape praised for its disease-resistance, is the most widely planted grape in what South American country?

Many of Brazil’s vineyards are in humid, rainy zones. Isabella’s resistance to rot and mildew make it a longtime Brazilian favorite.

10. Who am I?
I am a red vinifera grape variety that plays an important role in two American countries (I am extremely important to one’s wine heritage, and more of a background grape to the other). I originally come from Europe and was brought by settlers who speak an unusual language isolate. In the Americas, I am usually plumper and smoother than I am in Europe. Sometimes I am called Harriague, Moustrou, or Bordeleza. I like to play alone, but I can also share as I have been blended with Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet; I am even used in the production of fortified wines. Some people think I might do very well in Virginia, others ,like the UK researcher Roger Corder, think that you would do well to drink my wines if you want to prolong your life.

Tannat was brought to Uruguay and Argentina by Basque settlers. Like Argenina’s Malbec and Chile’s Carmenère, Tannat is poised to become Uruguay’s great specialty.

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And Gregory shows that he’s not just the community manager for nothing with a clearcut victory. Meanwhile the original Snoothers battle it out to the final questions and John falls short of his target.

Get ready to do a mental handstand because we'll be heading down under for the next quiz!

Scores
Gregory 8
Mark 5 1/3
Philip 5 (giving you 1/3 of a point for the Buenos Aires part of your answer)
John 3 2/3

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Reply by John Andrews, Dec 15, 2008.

Don't I get half a point for knowing the Pagani super car? :-)

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Reply by Philip James, Dec 15, 2008.

Ugh, I lost to Mark? And by 1/3 of a point?

Where's the "Sparkling wines of Kent, and the Southern Counties of England" quiz? I'll challenge anyone to that!

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Reply by Mark Angelillo, Dec 15, 2008.

/flex

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Reply by John Andrews, Dec 15, 2008.

I wonder who would have gotten the questions about the Canadian wine if I didn't limit the scope of the answers. Admit it guys, you used my answers as guidance. :-P

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Dec 16, 2008.

Ah you get lucky sometimes.

I will be less lucky down under!


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