Wine Talk

Snooth User: Rodolphe Boulanger

Wine Trivia

Posted by Rodolphe Boulanger, Mar 20, 2008.

Mark's statistic post got me thinking about wine trivia.

1) What is the world's most planted white grape variety?

2) What is commonly regarded (by wine geeks, of course) as the world's oldest denominated wine region?

3) Today there are 55,000 acres of Merlot vineyards in California. How many acres were there 50 years ago?

4) At what ambient temperature do grapevines start to suffer heat damage?

5) What super premium Old World wine region owes its international fame and reputation to two families - one noble and one from Long Island?

Answers to come after the week-end...


Reply by Philip James, Mar 21, 2008.

1) I'd like to say Chard, but i'm worried its Isabella or Cataba or something used in bulk blending. Actually, back up, its THOMPSON SEEDLESS!

2) Burgundy?

3) 1000

4) 102F

5) ? I'm stuck on Opus One as its a JV between Rothschild and Mondavi, but thats totally wrong as its not a region and Mondavi's came from the mid-west before they moved to Napa.

I bet i get 1/5

Reply by Chris Carpita, Mar 21, 2008.

1. Sauv. Blanc
2. Bordeaux
3. Zero
4. 37C
5. Xiang

Reply by John Andrews, Mar 21, 2008.

Figuring these are trick questions because grapes are used just for wine ... I'll go with:

1. Some white table grape ... I'll go with Philip's back up Thompson Seedless
2. Just to be different ... Champagne
3. 100
4. 42C
5 Wow, I really have no idea, I was going to say Mouton-Rothschild but I don't think that is right and I don't want to google it because that defeats the purpose of a quiz! ;-)

Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Mar 21, 2008.

Ok - although some of you get respect for using Celsius, you are all failing to read question 5.

I said "super premium Old World wine region," and am expecting an answer like Carneros, North Fork, or Barossa Valley (but not any of those since they are New World) and NOT a winery name.

Reply by John Andrews, Mar 21, 2008.

LOL ... okay, now I wish I had the edit function ...

So if we are just going for region on question 5 then ...

5. Bordeaux ... if that is too broad then I'll guess St. Emillion. :-)

Reply by Philip James, Mar 21, 2008.

I feel like question 5 has to be answered and explained for a user to get credit, else i'm going to start listing appellations as fast as possible! If Ian Flemming was born in Long Island I've have gone for Champagne, via Bollinger, i think.

No one cares to answer in degrees K?

Reply by Mark Angelillo, Mar 24, 2008.

Itching for the answers here, RBoulanger... I'll weigh in though:

1. Chardonnay
2. Burgundy
3. 5000
4. 44C -- Probably lower but what the hell?
5. I have no clue. (That's not a guess or a wine region.)

Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Mar 24, 2008.

Mark, better late than never! Congratulations for winning the first quiz. Your prize? How about you code some basic quiz software for the blog?

1. Airen -
The rain in Spain falls mostly on the plain... where you would find the majority of the world's one million acres of Airen - a totally forgetful white blending grape. 0 points to all.

2 Tokaj/Tokay -
Philip would have been listing regions for a while before stumbling on the answer. This small Hungarian region along the Bodrog River whose fame dates back at least as far at the 1650s. The vineyards of Tokaji were classified in 1700 (take that Bordeaux) by Prince Rákóczi - owner of the legendary Oremus plot (

Incidentally, that was 3 years before the prince used Tokaji Aszú to court Louis XIV's help against the hated Hapsburgs. 0 points again.

In 1960, there were 2 acres of Merlot in the State of California. 1/2 point to ccarpita

4. 110 F (or 44 C) - 1 point to mark

Montalcino, famous for its Rosso and Brunello di Montalcino. Until the 1950s, the Biondi-Santi family were the only wine producers ( By 1960 there were a dozen producers, but things didn't take off until 1978 when Long Island's own Mariani family (of Riunite Lambrusco fame - founded Castello Banfi ( which soon vaulted Brunello to the top of the Tuscan hierarchy. Check out:
0 points again.

Reply by Philip James, Mar 24, 2008.

#2 at least explains why Hungary won out against Italy in the Tokaji / Tocai naming war:

Reply by Mark Angelillo, Mar 24, 2008.

A lucky guess but I'll take it. Quiz software, eh? I'm not opposed to the idea...

Now to go find some Airen to try. There's bound to be a few thousand acres around here somewhere...

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