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Christmas Quiz 2020

The 2020 Farr Vintners Christmas Quiz was our most popular ever. We hope that the questions kept many of you amused during the locked down festive period. Once again we were amazed by the high scores and despite putting in several questions that we thought would prove really difficult, there were 4 participants who scored full marks 50/50.

The winners are: Adrian Wilson, Tim Clark, Philip Comer and Charlie Matthews - they will receive 3 bottles each of Kumeu River Chardonnay with their next delivery (please remind us when placing your order).

Commiserations to the following who came incredibly close to full marks: Rod Smith, Thomas Venables, Christopher Harvey, Bruno Rovani and Philip Rowbottom.


1 Which is the most planted grape variety in France with 13.6% of the country's total number of vines?
Merlot
2 What is the special connection between these 3 vintages of Mouton Rothschild - 1958, 1973, 1995?
Artwork on the labels is by Spanish artists.
3 Lalande Borie in Saint Julien has a new name. What is it?
Le Petit Ducru
4 What was the former name of the Pauillac Echo de Lynch Bages?
Chateau Haut Bages Averous
5 What was the former name of the Pauillac Verso de Haut Batailley?
Chateau La Tour l'Aspic
6 Which Saint Julien Chateau celebrated 100 years of family ownership in 2018 with a special label?
Talbot
7 Which First Growth celebrated 150 years of family ownership in 2018 and what object appears on the label?
Lafite - with a hot air balloon
8 If you owned two Imperials, a Nebuchadnezzar and a Melchior, how many litres of wine would you have?
45
9 How many 2019 Bordeaux received a potential 100 point score from the Wine Advocate en Primeur?
10
10 Which Bordeaux Chateau sometimes blends three vintages together and what is the wine called?
Le Pin - Trilogie
11 Which maverick wine producer bottled a white wine made from grapes grown in Barsac, Burgundy and the Luberon in 2019 and what was it called?
Jean-Marie Guffens - "Triangle"
12 Which famous French appellation will have 22 vineyards awarded Premier Cru status starting with the 2020 vintage?
Pouilly Fuissé
13 Which famous Burgundy wine cannot be called a "Monopole" because the proprietor owns only 8.66 hectares of the vineyard's total 8.84 hectares?
Clos des Lambrays
14 What happened to the status of the above wine in 1981?
It was up-graded from Premier Cru to Grand Cru.
15 Which two White Burgundy Appellations were merged in 1999 to create one AC?
Macon Clessé and Macon Viré were merged to create Viré-Clessé
16 Which famous Rhône Domaine was recently split in two when the feuding brothers who own it decided to work independently?
Jamet
17 Which famous Rhône Domaine recently changed the name of their wine to Giroflarie?
Jasmin
18 Which French Appellation changed its name following an accident at the local nuclear power station? Old name and new name needed.
Coteaux du Tricastin became Grignan Les Adhemar
19 Which French Appellation changed its name in 1989 and in 2004 changed its region?
Costieres du Gard became Costieres de Nimes in 1989 and in 2004 it was re-assigned to the Rhône region.
20 The owners of Chanel recently purchased a vineyard on which island off the coast of Provence?
Pourquerolles
21 The owner of which famous Provencal property died in 2020 at the age of 102?
Domaine Tempier
22 What is the main grape variety used to make Soave?
Garganega
23 What grape variety's name means "little fog" in English?
Nebbiolo
24 What links the most commonly planted grape variety in Abruzzo with a town in Tuscany?
Both are called Montepulciano
25 Which white wine produced in the Auckland region was the joint highest rated in Rebecca Gibb MW’s inaugural New Zealand report for Vinous.com?
Kumeu River Mates Vineyard 2019
26 Which Marlborough winery has a connection with the films "Bugsy Malone", "Midnight Express" and "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban"?
Seresin (Owner Michael Seresin was the cinematographer of the films)
27 The subject of the documentary film "Sour Grapes" was released from prison in the USA on November 6th 2020 ; what is his name?
Rudy Kurniawan
28 What was the first wine tasted on FVTV?
Fleur de Thenac 2015
29 In the Southwold Group’s « Ten Years On » tasting in 2020 of the 2010 vintage, name the wines that came 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the Medoc.
Latour, Mouton Rothschild, Lynch Bages
30 And which wine in the 2010 tasting was voted Top Pomerol?
L'Eglise Clinet.
31 Which critic joined the Southwold tasting group for the first time in 2020?
Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
32 Which actors launched a new Champagne brand in 2020 at an official price of 340 euros a bottle and what is it called?
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie "Fleur de Miraval"
33 Which actor owns one of the most Southerly vineyards in the world?
Sam Neill
34 Which Irish actor and tv presenter has his own brand Sauvignon Blanc and Prosecco?
Graham Norton
35 Which British tv presenter recently launched his own brand "bag-in-box" Italian wines?
Phillip Schofield
36 Which reggae artists recorded a song with these lyrics recently "Things must get better in these changing times, no more drinking of your bad wine." ?
The Congos (with the Roots Radics and Sly & Robbie)
37 In the film The Good Liar which wine produced by the owners of a First Growth Chateau in Bordeaux is drunk by Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen?
Clarendelle
38 In the tv series Babylon Berlin - Councillor August Benda drinks a wine from which Bordeaux Chateau moments before he is assassinated by the Nazis?
Petrus
39 In the 2019 film Drunk Parents Alec Baldwin steals a bottle of which vintage of which first growth from his neighbour’s cellar?
Latour 2004
40 Who plays his wife in the film and what is her (real life) connection to the wine?
Salma Hayek - wife of Francois-Henri Pinault, whose family owns Chateau Latour.
41 What wine links a Hitchcock film from the 20s and an Oasis song from the 90s?
Champagne (Super Nova)
42 In which Hitchcock film does a 1934 Red Burgundy from the Cotes de Beaune play an important role?
Notorious
43 In February 2020 Neal Martin rated a wine 93 points that was named after a Pink Floyd album. What is the name of the wine?
2002 Saint Veran “Atom Heart Mother"
44 Neal Martin recently wrote this about a wine that he scored 100 points " If you don’t like this, you don’t like Bordeaux (or possibly even wine.)". What was the wine?
Latour 1959 (magnum)
45 At a recent blind tasting of 20 vintages of Chateau Latour (1999 to 2018) in the cellars of the Chateau, Estate Director Frederic Engerer wore a scarf from which football club?
Crystal Palace
46 Which participant in this blind tasting guessed the highest number of vintages correctly?
Oliver East
47 Name the joint winner of our 2017 Christmas Quiz who has recently joined Farr Vintners as Sales Manager.
Joss Fowler
48 Which golfer served 1995 Leflaive Batard Montrachet and Mouton Rothschild 1975 at the Champions dinner after winning their first Masters?
Tiger Woods
49 Farr Vintners' chairman Stephen Browett recently celebrated his 60th birthday. Which band played at his party and what wine did Jean-Marie Guffens produce for the party?
"UB40" and "Macon Pierreclos SB60".
50 Name the wine that the band sell to their fans and what is its appellation?
Red, Red Wine. Bordeaux Supérieur.
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