It’s quiz time, wine lovers, but it is also April Fools’ Day. So, that means some of my questions might be a little more tricky than on the other 365 days of this year.
Because I focus on wines in California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, these questions are going to cover those four states — but I did say it is the April Fool’s Day of a Leap Year and, well. . . I can’t be trusted.
Let’s get right to it. Find the answers, and a few explanations, at the end of this column. First an easy one.
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1. The first wineries in the Pacific Northwest were located in what U.S. state?
D) All of the above
2. The late comedian George Carlin famously asked: “What wine goes with Cap’n Crunch cereal?” The debate actually spurred a lot of suggestions from some corners. A German Riesling? But people who really know their wine would know that there is only one person made for the task of pairing a wine with the sweet-and-sugary-crunchy substance, a man who started a winery back in 2000 just outside of Sacramento, Calif. This same man was one of the co-creators of — yep — Cap’n Crunch. Who is it? It’s OK to consult a Google lifeline on this one.
A) Fess Parker
B) Tom Seaver
C) Dan Aykroyd
D) Chaim Gur-Arieh (huh?)
3. Rock-Paper-Scissors. You know the game, right? So, here’s the question. True or False: Was there ever a winery named after Roshambo — the kids name for Rock-Paper-Scissors?
4. The art and science of making wine encounters a lot of both — not to mention some unthinkable and unintended realities. One of them is a substance/material that vintners work very had at removing from their product: MOG. What does this acronym stand for?
5. Two-part question: A) When you are at a restaurant and the wine steward/sommelier opens up your bottle at the table and hands you the cork and pours a taste in a glass, what are you supposed to do/say? B) If you want to avoid this drama, there are some easy solutions. Name some?
6. I can count the great “wine movies” on one hand: “A Walk in the Clouds” (1995) with Keanu Reeves, Anthony Quinn and Debra Messing; “Sideways” (2004) with Paul Giamatti, Virginia Madsen, Thomas Haden Church and Sandra Oh; “Bottle Shock” (2008) with Chris Pine, Alan Rickman and Dennis Farina. One of these films, sadly, lost two of its celebrated cast members recently. Real wine fans would know the movie and noted their passing. Can you?
7. In the movie “Sideways” which wine varietal took a public relations beating and caused legions to stop drinking it for a while?
A) Pinot Noir
8. What was the social event where Jesus turned water into wine? And where’s that recipe when you need it?
9. See if you can guess the location of the swimming pool and bocce ball court in the pictures accompanying this article.
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1. B) Idaho. They were making wine in Lewiston 150 years ago. 2. D) Chaim Gur-Arieh operates C.G. Di Arie Winery in Mount Aukum, Calif., and in a Plymouth, Calif., tasting room. Chaim, once a tank driver in the Israeli military, makes some great reds, especially a Petite Sirah — a Cherry Coke kind of wine that would go well with Cap’n Crunch. 3. True. Roshambo hailed from California’s Sonoma County until 2010 when its signature The Obvious and Frank wines got covered, cut and broken up in a tough marketplace. 4. MOG = matter other than grapes: sticks, stems, bugs and more. 5. A) There’s not much to be learned unless the nasty odor of cork taint is present. Sip the wine, and nod your approval if you like it. B) Order a glass, or a bottle with a screw cap. 6. On-screen “Bottle Shock” wine buddies Dennis Farina (he of the loud plaid suits) and Alan Rickman (the snobby wine critic) died in 2013 and 2016 respectively. Will miss them both. We need a new wine movie!!! 7. C) Merlot. 8. The Marriage Feast of Cana. 9. Though it looks like Club Med, Club Red or Adult Disneyland, this is actually an image of Francis Ford Coppola Winery Park in Sonoma County, Calif. (season opener is today.)