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Wine from Down Under Quiz

Posted by Rodolphe Boulanger, Dec 29, 2008.

For New Year's, I thought I'd put together a quiz about the wines of Australia and New Zealand. Answers to follow next Monday. And remember - no internet peeking!

1. What major "wine" city lies adjacent to the Fleurieu Peninsula?

2. Houghton's White Burgundy (now called White Classic), an Australian staple and best-seller for 70 years, is a dry white wine based on what grape?

3. What "Down Under" region is regarded as the southernmost wine region in the world?

4. What are 3 salient differences between the Marlborough and Martinborough regions?

5. In what region were the first vines planted down under?

6. What is the best selling export brand from Down Under? Although it doesn't list a region on the label, it comes from a winery in what region?

7. Where can the greatest concentration of 100-year-old vines be found down under?

8. What is Australia's southernmost state, famous for its cool-climate sparkling and still wines, from Pinot Noir to Riesling and from Gewurztraminer to Pinot Gris?

9. What "Down Under" regions lie at the same latitude as Bordeaux?

10. Who am I?
I founded a winery that some say produces Australia's greatest Rieslings. It is named after a town in southwestern Sonoma County that is known as the "Egg Capital of the World", because of its involvement in the early chicken processing industry. I was the first Australian to suit grape varieties to regions and plant using this premise in the 1970s. I planted Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in Coonawarra, Riesling in Clare, and Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the Adelaide Hills. I was Decanter’s 2004 Man of the Year.

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 29, 2008.

Let's see if I can do better this time around!

1. Auckland

2. Semillion

3. Somewhere in New Zealand ... Central Otago?

4. - One is on the North Island, the other is on South Island
- One is costal and the other is inland
- One is mountains and the other is low-land

5. Hunter Valley

6. Yellow Tail - South Australia

7. Again, Hunter Valley

8. Tasmania

9. Ummm ... Barrossa Valley

10. Petaluma

Okay, this one was really, really tough for me ... and no, I didn't peak. I'm guessing I got 3 or 4 right.

Blog comment by Alex, Dec 30, 2008.

1. Adelaide
2. Semillon
3. I think southernmost is Central Otago but that's in New Zealand, not Australia
4. as for HondaJohn (too lazy to type!)
5. Hunter Valley
6. no idea
7. Barossa Valley (or South Australia in general)
8. Tasmania
9. Margaret River
10. Brian Croser

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Reply by Mark Angelillo, Dec 30, 2008.

Okay, I feel totally lost here -- looking like I need to go back to school.

1. Sydney?
2. Sauvignon Blanc
3. Central Otago
4. Cool vs. warm climate?
5. Clare Valley
6. Yellow Tail... Hmm. Don't know where that's from!
7. Hunter Valley
8. Tasmania
9. Mclaren Vale
10. ??

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Reply by Philip James, Dec 30, 2008.

1Adeleide
2 Airen
3 Otago
4 I forgot my CWE materials, but
5 Cap Geographe?
6 Yellow Tail - SE Australia
7 No idea, so i'll guess Margaret River
8 Tasmania (like the Devil!)
9 No idea, so i'll guess Margaret River
10 Sonoma town? Its not Petaluma - thats in Marin County... Anyway, you want the person, and i have no idea...

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Reply by gr, Dec 31, 2008.

I haven't a guldern clues on any of this. But ask me about an amaro! Go on, ask me!

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Reply by RachelNYC, Dec 31, 2008.

Geography tests just aren't fair... some of us (ok me) went to public school in Texas/Missouri.

1)Coonawarra
2) Burgundy = Chardonnay?? (not very dry but I will go with it)
3)Has to be somewhere on the South Island so Otago or Marlborough?
4) a)One has an L in its name and the other has a TIN
b)One is further North
c)One if further East
5) I would guess somewhere near the first "settlers" set up, so Hunter Valley
6) Yellow Tail - South Australia?
7) Hunter Valley for the same reasons as 5
8) Tasmania - Sparkling??
9) Hunter Valley... because I don't know
10) They were talking about him in the Judgement of Paris book and I don't remember his name (the last half when Taber traveled the "new" wine regions of the world)

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Reply by fibo86, Jan 1, 2009.

You have the Australians and the New Zealanders mixed up..... Australia is "down under" and New Zealand "across the ditch" but lets see how I go.

1 Major wine city is Adelaide

2 Verdelho

3 (if it's down under ) Southern Tasmainia, (if it's across the ditch) Central Otago

4- Martinborough is on the north Island and just opposite on the south is Marlborough.
- Martinborough is known for pinot and Marlborough for sauvignon blanc
- Martinborough is a coastal and Marlborough is inland.

5 Earliest platings were in Farm cove Syd', but failed, then John Macarthur 50k Sth/W of Sydney is credited with the first commercial site in the 1800's.. pinot gris, frontignac,verdelho and cab sauv

6 Yellow Tail S.E.A aka Yendah aka Casella Wine

7Langmeil (winery) Barossa

8 Tasmainia- fabulous sparkling been done by some of Australia's iconic winemakers and some that will challenge Champgne

9Tasmainia 42 *

10 Brian Croser (fab Tasmanian sparkling producer...among other things)

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Reply by MarioRobles, Jan 6, 2009.

1) Adelaide
2) Blend of Semillon Sauv-Blanc (precentages undisclossed)
3) Central Otago
4) No Idea...
5) Yellow Tail... region, Riverina...
6) Hunter Valley by James Busby
7) South Australia.. if I am not wrong... Penfolds holds the oldest Cabernet SAuvignon grapes in the world... which go to their top Cab Sauv... Bin 707 or Bin 42 (depending on the vintage)
8) Tasmania
9) Northern and Southern Tasmania
10 Brian Croser... Petaluma... is that really you?

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Jan 6, 2009.

Ok, so this is going to be ugly I tell you.

1 - Adelaide
2 - Semillon
3 - Central otago
4 - they are on different islands,
5 - Barossa
6 - Yellowtail, Casella, South Eastern Australia
7 - Barossa
8 - tasmania
9 - Otago
10 - Well Australia's greatest Riesling is the Grosset Polish Hill so ...

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Reply by Philip James, Jan 6, 2009.

I bet Fibo's got this one sown up.

Where are the answers rodolphe?

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Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Jan 7, 2009.

Sorry for the delay - my flight back to NYC got canceled and I had to drive all night.

1. What major “wine” city lies adjacent to the Fleurieu Peninsula?

Adelaide - The Fleurieu Peninsula is the home of South Australia’s McLaren Vale.

2. Houghton’s White Burgundy (now called White Classic), an Australian staple and best-seller for 70 years, is a dry white wine based on what grape?

Lots of good guesses, but no one got it - maybe I should have hinted that this dry white is honeyed in character. It is, of course, a Chenin Blanc based wine that has small amounts of Muscadelle, Semillon, Verdelho and, now, Chardonnay added.

3. What “Down Under” region is regarded as the southernmost wine region in the world?

It is New Zealand’s Central Otago… for now. In the header, I did say that this quiz was about both NZ & Australia.

4. What are 3 salient differences between the Marlborough and Martinborough regions?
Marl is on the north island, Martin is on the south island.
Marl is known for Sauvignon Blanc, Martin is known for Pinot Noir.
Marl is coastal, Martin is inland.

5. In what region were the first vines planted down under?

I was looking for New South Wales… so Hunter Valley and anything near Sydney is correct.

6. What is the best selling export brand from Down Under? Although it doesn’t list a region on the label, it comes from a winery in what region?

Yellowtail - Riverina

7. Where can the greatest concentration of 100-year-old vines be found down under?

Barossa Valley

8. What is Australia’s southernmost state, famous for its cool-climate sparkling and still wines, from Pinot Noir to Riesling and from Gewurztraminer to Pinot Gris?

Tasmania - everyone got this one!

9. What “Down Under” regions lie at the same latitude as Bordeaux?

Strictly speaking there isn’t anything at the same latitude as the city of Bordeaux. However, Otago is just to the south of Pauillac’s latitude.
You can have a lot of fun with this site: http://itouchmap.com/latlong.html

10. Who am I?
I founded a winery that some say produces Australia’s greatest Rieslings. It is named after a town in southwestern Sonoma County that is known as the "Egg Capital of the World", because of its involvement in the early chicken processing industry. I was the first Australian to suit grape varities to regions and plant using this premise in the 1970s. I planted Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in Coonawarra, Riesling in Clare, and Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the Adelaide Hills. I was Decanter’s 2004 Man of the Year.

Brian Croser formerly of Petaluma.


Some very impressive scores… and Philip’s obsession with Western Australia (which didn't feature much in this quiz) is revealed. Any topic requests for the next quiz?

Results
Fibo - 7 1/6 (6 and one ½ and one 2/3)
Alex - 6 ½
Mario - 6
Gregory - 5 5/6 (5 and one ½ and one 1/3… not so ugly after all)
John - 4 (3 and two ½ credits)
Philip - 4 (3 and two ½ credits - sadly no bonus points for using Airen in your answers)
Rachel - 3 ½
Mark - 2 ½

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Reply by fibo86, Jan 7, 2009.

Ah sorry for my missing lines, and thanks. Now it's funny that you mention the blend of the classic as most people here say Muscadelle, Semillon, Verdelho or Chardonnay never a complete blend. That also gets taught.....interesting huh.

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Reply by Philip James, Jan 7, 2009.

Fibo - well done! You beat out some pretty tough competition

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Reply by John Andrews, Jan 7, 2009.

I'm not last! I'm not last! Woohoo!

As for the next quiz ... I'd like to think of one that I'd better with but I don't want to set myself up. How about a sparkling wine/champagne quiz?

@Philip ... when you saw tough competition you must not have meant me. :-)

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Reply by John Andrews, Jan 7, 2009.

Also, next time, I'm going to resist being the FIRST to answer so people can't use my answers of what NOT to answer. :-)

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Reply by Philip James, Jan 8, 2009.

Yeah, i bet there's some correlation that whoever goes first ends up doing amongst the worst... Its hard to resist a peek as you scroll down to add your own answers in

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Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Jan 8, 2009.

Maybe we need Mark to build a "secret ballot" for the answers?

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Reply by Mark Angelillo, Jan 8, 2009.

Ha -- secret ballot is probably the right way to go.


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