Welcome to the 2016 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 regions of Beaujolais and the Rhône, courtesy of the award-winning wineries of Vidal-Fleury and Henry Fessy.

The winner and a companion will fly to Lyon then travel to the heart of Côte-Rôtie in the Rhône Valley where they will be received by Vidal-Fleury, the oldest continuously producing wine estate in the region. The second day will be spent with Henry Fessy in Beaujolais, famous for its extensive vineyard holdings in the Beaujolais Crus. Both visits will include vineyard visits, winery tours and of course, lots of tasting.

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 France are included. We will need to arrange a mutually convenient time for the trip, avoiding peak holiday times. Before the flight you will need to get yourselves to the designated airport which may be local but could be as far as a London airport, depending on flight availability.

For 3 runners up there are copies of the two outstanding books of the year, Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book, now celebrating its 40th year and Hugh Johnson on Wine, a collection of his memories of 55 years of wine writing.

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 who should concentrate on helping their students win.

If you read The Yorkshire Post online, you may want to send in your answers on plain paper, however I shall need your name and address in your own handwriting on your entry sheet. If you have a copy of the newspaper then, as usual, please tick the right answers and send me the whole page. Only one entry per household is allowed and any multiple entries, including any entries sent by email will be discarded.

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.

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.

Send to: Sarah Freeman, Yorkshire Post Magazine, No. 1 Leeds, 26 Whitehall Road, Leeds LS12 1BE to arrive no later than Wednesday 10 January 2017.


1) Who inspired the moustache on the labels of Henry Fessy wines?

  1. Henri Fessy
  2. Georges Fessy
  3. Henry and Serges Fessy

2) Arrange the following Crus of Beaujolais from North to South

a) Fleurie

b) Morgon

c) St Amour

d) Brouilly

e) Chenas,

3) What is the main pruning method used in the vineyards of Henry Fessy

a) Lyre

b) Parral

c) Gobelet

d) Geneva Double Curtain

4) Tick the two grape varieties that are the parents of Gamay.

a) Pinotage

b) Pinot Noir

c) Chardonnay

d) Gouais Blanc

e) Poulsard

5) Which future American President visited Vidal-Fleury?

a) George Washington

b) Donald Trump

c) Ulysses S. Grant

d) Thomas Jefferson

6) Which red grape variety is grown on Côte Rôtie?

a) Grenache

b) Syrah

c) Nebbiolo

d) Merlot

7) Why is Côte Rôtie Brune et Blonde so called?

a) Emperor Caligula named the slopes after his horses

b) After the current owner’s daughters

c) Rivers Brune and Blonde flow down these slopes

d) Côte Brune has darker soils, Côte Blonde has lighter soils

8) Name the three most important grape varieties in red Châteauneuf-du-Pape




9) How would you get from Ch. Grillet to Ch. Grillon?

a) Drive north for 100km

b) Walk east 1km

c) Drive west for 600km

d) Drive south for 600km

10) Which property produces most Riesling?

a) Ch. Ste Michelle

b) Villa Maria

c) Dr Loosen

d) Hugel

11) Who comes next?

a) Moore

b) Bacon

c) Prince Charles

d) Freud


img_558012) Dermot makes English wine. What is the name of his dog? 


13) Spot the odd one out

a) Basket

b) Smart Dyson

c) Dopplebogen

d) South Downs Short Cut

14) Match each grape to its alternative name

Grenache Viura
Tempranillo Spanna
Nebbiolo Tinto Fino
Macabeo Cannonau

15) Who is the winemaker at Resonance?


16) Which two grape varieties are the most widely planted in English vineyards?



17) Which river changed its course in 1867, leaving deep gravel beds now known as Gimblett Gravels?


18) Uruguay’s Tannat grape used to be called

a) Carmenère

b) Malbec

c) Harriague

d) Tinto Fino

19) How is the sweetness of Tokaji wine graded?

a) Puttonyos

b) Putties

c) PX

d) Degrees Plato

20) Match these wines to their lakes

Rippon Garda
Bardolino Neusiedl
Quail’s Gate Wanaka
Leithaberg Okanagan

21) What is another name for Chile’s País grape variety

a) Bastardo

b) Mission

c) Ramisco

d) Sercial

22) Starting with the largest, arrange the following Burgundy appellations in order of size

a) Aloxe-Corton

b) Chassagne Montrachet

c) Clos de Tart

d) Meursault

23) Are these Sardinian grape varieties red (R) or white (W)?

a) Cannonau

b) Bovale Sardo

c) Arvesiniadu

d) Monica

24) What is the main ingredient in biodynamic preparation 501?

a) Quartz

b) Yarrow

c) Manure

d) Stag’s bladder

25) Spot the odd one out

a) Edmeades

b) Hickinbotham

c) Ch. Lassègue

d) Jackson Estate

26) Which of these don’t you want in your wine

a) Ethyl Alcohol

b) Geosmin

c) Brettanomyces

d) Trichloroanisole

27) You have a Nomblot in your cellar, what should you do?

a) Put down traps to catch it

b) Use it for fermentation

c) Throw away your wine

d) Use it to pay music to your wine

28) If you plan to grow Syrah, which region would you head to?

a) Yorkshire

b) Mosel, Germany

c) Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

d) Marlborough, New Zealand

29) A Swiss vigneron grows Chasselas vines on a terraced slope, 100 metres high. Each terrace is 2 metres above the one below; they are each 300 metres long, planted with 2 rows of vines at 2 metres apart. Assuming each vine produces 1.5kg of grapes, and processing losses are 25%, about how many 12 bottle cases of 75 cl bottles will he produce?

a) 2400

b) 1900

c) 1500

d) 1100

30) Little George is running a fake wine business from his prep school dorm. He has photocopies of labels from the wine collection he inherited from Great Uncle George. He liberates bottles of Bourgogne Rouge from the Head Master’s cellar, sticks on the fake labels, and sells them on the internet alongside a picture of the bottle. Arrange the following bottles in order of most potential profit, starting with the largest.

a) Pétrus 1996

b) Bourgogne Rouge, 2013, Maison Dieu, Domaine de Bellane

c) Corton Grand Cru 2013, Bouchard Père et Fils

d) Echezeaux 1999, Drouhin

e) Chambertin Grand Cru 1996, Armand Rousseau

f) Gevrey-Chambertin 2013, Dujac Fils et Père

About The Author

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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