Yes, the Fiendish Wine Quiz is back and this time there's the chance to win a trip to stunning Tuscany.

Welcome to the 2019 Fiendish Wine Quiz specially designed to keep your brain cells sharp in this season of endless fun and excess food. As always it will be well worth testing your wine knowledge and research abilities because the top prize this year is a two night trip to the fabulous wine region of Tuscany courtesy of Castello Banfi.

 

This is a family-owned estate, located in a medieval hilltop castle close to Montalcino. Surrounded by extensive vineyards and olive groves, Castello Banfi is at the forefront of quality winemaking in Montalcino and Chianti.  The castle itself is now part of the Relais and Châteaux association of unique hotels and restaurants.

 

The winner and a companion will fly to the beautiful region of Tuscany where they will spend time exploring vineyards and tasting wines.

Never one to miss out on a visit to vineyards, I will accompany the winner on the trip. Flights from a UK airport, two nights accommodation and all meals in Italy are included. We will need to arrange a mutually convenient time for the trip, avoiding peak holiday times.

 

For 3 runners up there are copies of the outstanding wine book of the year, The World Atlas of Wine, 8thEdition, by Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson. This has been updated and revised and is an essential book for any wine lover.

 

As always, you may use any means at your disposal to get to the right answers, including pestering your local wine merchant since they are often an invaluable source of up-to-the-minute information. This quiz is not open to anyone in the wine trade and that includes wine lecturers and bloggers who should concentrate on helping their students and followers win.

 

If you have your own copy of the newspaper then, as usual, please tick the right answers and send me the whole page.  The Quiz will also be posted on the Yorkshire Post Food and Drink website (foodanddrink.yorkshirepost.co.uk) on Sunday 29 December and you can send your answers on plain paper however I shall need your name and address in your own handwriting on your entry sheet. Only one entry per household is allowed and any multiple entries, including any entries sent by email will be discarded.

 

I will mark all the entries and no arguing will be allowed, although I welcome the customary nit-picking and point-scoring from regular readers which relieves the tedium of marking the entries.

 

All correct entries will go into Grapevine’s giant ice bucket and the winner will be chosen at random. There is no cash alternative to any of the prizes.

Send to:  Chris Bond, Yorkshire Post Magazine, No. 1 Leeds, 26 Whitehall Road, Leeds LS12 1BE to arrive no later than Wednesday 15 January 2020.

 

1) When was Banfi Italy founded?

a) 1874

b) 1978

c) 1980

d) 1984

 

2) What is the name of the family who founded Banfi and still own it?

a) Marini

b) Rossi

c) Mariani

d) Verdiani

3)   Banfi in Italy is one of the largest wine estate in Europe. How many acres does the whole estate occupy?

a) 500

b) 850

c) 5270

d) 7100

 

4) Around how many people visit the grounds of Castello Banfi each year?

a) 3000

b) 10,000

c) 60,000

d) 800,000

 

5) Banfi is located in two different famous Italian wine regions. Which ones?

a) Apulia/Veneto

b) Tuscany/Piedmont

c) Tuscany/Sicily

d) Piedmont/Veneto

 

6) Which grape is used to make Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino D.O.C.G.?

a) Sangiovese

b) Barbera

c) Vermentino

d) Nebbiolo

 

7) The emblem of Banfi is the castle. What its historical name is?

a) Poggio all’Oro

b) Poggio Biadaioli

c) Poggio alle Mura

d) Poggio Caciaio

 

8) What is the Horizon project at Banfi?

a) Planting trees to make the horizon look beautiful

b) Research and implementation of new winemaking techniques

c) Acquiring vineyards in Australia, Chile and California

d) The name of the company boat for round-the-world sailing expeditions

 

9) What is the name of the mythical creature that lives in Okanagan Lake?

 

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10) Spot the odd one out

a) Mary Zurakowski of Archangel

b) Nigel Greening of Felton Road

c) Kathleen Inman of Inman Family Wines

d) Richard Kershaw of Richard Kershaw Wines

 

11) James Halliday named Vanya ‘Winemaker of the Year’. What is the name of her dog?

 

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12) Starting with the smallest arrange these vineyard measurements in order of size:

a) Hectare

b) Ouvrée

c) Are

d) Acre

 

 

13) You are making a wine using a ripasso technique.  What are you doing?

a) Allow goats to pass through the vineyards during harvest

b) Stomping grapes twice before fermenting

c) Storing the wine in 20 year-old barrels

d) Refermenting Valpolicella wine on Amarone skins

 

 

14) You have a glass of nigorizake.  What colour is t?

a) Water white

b) Cloudy white

c) Pale yellow

d) Deep pink

 

15) What connects a vineyard in Tasmania, a village in Dorset and a farmworker called George Loveless.

 

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16) Arrange these Alsace wine villages from North to South

a) Ammerschwihr

b) Bennwihr

c) Eguisheim

d) Ribeauvillé

e) Turckheim

 

 

17) Approximately how many miles is it between wine estates Aalto and Alto?

 

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18) Match the grape variety to the country

 

Antão Vaz Moldova

 

Dornfelder Italy

 

Viorica Germany

 

Oseleta Portugal

 

 

 

19) Which is the only English vineyard in the top 50 of the World’s Best Vineyards

 

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20) How much wine is on the International Space Station?

a) None

b) 12 bottles

c) 365 plastic pouches

d) 100 litres in a tank

 

21) What is the d’Arenberg Cube?

a) A square cut decanter

b) A concrete fermentation tank

c) A bizarre building in the middle of a vineyard

d) A pre-mix of chemicalsto clarify wine

 

 

22) Place these Australian producers in their regions

Battle of Bosworth Adelaide Hills

 

Voyager Yarra Valley

 

Payten and Jones Mornington Peninsular

 

Ochota Barrels Margaret River

 

 Ten Minutes by Tractor McLaren Vale

 

 

 

 

23) Which of the following wine regions are UNESCO listed?

a) St. Emilion

b) Friuli

c) Pantelleria

d) Champagne

e) Alto Douro

f) Napa

 

24) Your wine develops a ‘voile’ while it is aging.  What kind of wine are you making?

a) Port

b) Pet Nat

c) Sauternes

d) Vin Jaune

 

25) What is a ‘Teinturier’ grape

a) One with red skins and red flesh

b) A cross between Muscat and Pinot Noir

c) A non-fermentable grape

d) One that grows up trees

 

26) Which Burgundy producer occupies the Château de Beaune?

a) Bouchard Finlayson

b) Bouchard Père et Fils

c) Bouchard Ainé

d) Les Chevaliers du Tastevin

 

27) The Symington family, producers of Graham’s, Dow’s and other ports have invested in a new estate in the Alentejo.  What is the name of this new Quinta?

a) Ribeira Alentejo

b) Heredad da Santa Symington

c) Quinta da Fonte Souto

d) Quinta Grande

 

28) Which is the oldest wine house in Champagne?

a) Bollinger

b) Gosset

c) Moët et Chandon

d) Veuve Clicquot

e) Taittinger

 

 

29) Which of the following wines won Double Gold medals in the 2019 Veritas Awards in South Africa?

a) Simonsig Tiara 2015

b) Spier 21 Gables Chenin Blanc 2018

c) Morgenster Estate Reserve 2014

d) De Wetshof Estate Bon Vallon Chardonnay 2019

e) Graham Beck Cuvée Clive MCC 2014

 

30) Little George has given up drink and wants to go into space. He has discovered a small stock of wine that Great Uncle George left at the back of the cellar.  At a cost of $250,000 US dollars for a ticket, which of these wines does he need to sell to help him get to the launch pad?

a) 2 bottles of Ch. d’Yquem 1893

b) 3 bottles of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 1921

c) 12 bottles of Krug 1952

d) 6 Magnums of Screaming Eagle 1992

 

 

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Terms and conditions: JPImedia Limited are the publishers of The Yorkshire Post. normal JPImedia competition rules apply, for more information go to: www.jpimedia.co.uk/competition. The closing date for entries is noon on Wednesday, January 15, 2020. The competition is open to residents of the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland aged 16 years or over. Submission of an entry will be taken to mean acceptance of these terms and conditions. All entries must be received by the advertised closing time and date. Late entries will not be accepted. No responsibility can be accepted for lost entries and proof of transmission will not be accepted as proof of receipt. Data will only be used for the purposes of contacting the winner. Your data will not be stored. All entry data will be securely destroyed following the winner notified date. Following the closing date one winner and three runners-up will be selected from all correct entries and will be notified by 5pm on Monday February 3.

About The Author

Christine Austin

Christine is a wine writer, broadcaster and a wine judge for several international wine competitions. She has a technical background and spent five years as a buyer for a major supermarket before moving to wine writing.She writes for The Yorkshire Post Magazine and organises the York Festival of Food and Drink. She has won both the Lanson and the Roederer prizes for wine writing.

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