Weekly Wine Quiz: Out For Italian

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Welcome to the Weekly Wine Quiz, peoples!

Today marks the final “cepage synonym” themed quiz. A theme, I’ll note, that was supplied by one of you… thus furthering underscoring your awesomeness, good tastes, and – let’s just go ahead and say it – probably superior attractiveness as well (if you’ve got further ideas for quiz themes, shout em out!).

Based on feedback from ever-so-vocal-and-intelligent YOU, I will not be supplying the answer directly in the post – you will need to tune back in later in the comments section for the answer. So you can put your answer in the comments for potential bragging rights later (not that you’d gloat… too much… right?).

Out For Italian

Prugnolo, Nerino, Morellino and Calabrese are all synonyms for what Italian red wine grape?

Cheers – and good luck!





  • @MDSmitty2488

    Pretty sure it's C: Sangiovese

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, MD.

  • VinoTecha

    It is C) Sangiovese

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, Vino.

  • talkavino

    Yes, Joe, the answer is C, Sangiovese :)

    There are a few more grapes which are also good candidates for this name game – Viura and Tempranillo would be the two. Also you can confuse the hell out of people with Pinot Franc (and this one really confuses many).

    But then you can play another game, like "where grape called Resi" is from :)


    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, all! talkvino – agreed, Temp was our first one in this series :). Love the idea of placing a home region to a grape!

  • KJKarl


  • Alfonso Cevola

    This is typical of the problems we have with Italian nomenclature of grapes. In Sicily there is a grape (I believe it is Nero d'Avola) also known as Calabrese.

    Attilio Scienza (Dr. Science) would be a good source to clarify this. Professor Scienza said that Sangiovese comes “from a combination of grapes some of them from Southern Italy: Calabrese di Montenuvo, Mantunico Bianco and Gaglioppo from Calabria and Nerello Macalese from Sicily” according to the blog post that Charles Scicolone ( one of the top Italian wine epxerts in USA) posted about the subject. http://www.i-italy.org/bloggers/16699/montefalco-

    Also Susannah Gold has a take on this http://avvinare.com/2012/01/05/italian-indigenous

    just something to think about…never just an easy ( or simple) answer with Italian wines

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, Alfonso – awesome references for those of us (like me :) who want to go down the geeky rabbit hole on this stuff. Cheers!

  • Susannah

    Thanks AC for the shout out on this award winning wine blog. Scienza is an amazing resource. Your not bad yourself 1WineDude

    • 1WineDude

      Susannah – thanks for that! :)

  • Mo in Santa Babs

    Mama Mia – it's the sangiovese

    • 1WineDude

      Mo – Grazie amico mio!

  • 1WineDude

    Alright my smarties, here is your official Wine Quiz Answer:

    C. Sangiovese

    Several clones of Sangiovese are used to make wines throughout Italy. Chianti is probably the best known red wine made from the variety, but it is also used to make Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile de Montepulciano, in quite different styles, of course.


  • Pam


    • 1WineDude

      Thanks Pam (ahhh, but you’re just a tad late! :-).

  • Palazzo Colonnades

    Can people actually know this while not knowing how to speak Italian? I have only heard of the term "Barbera" before, while not fully knowing what it was about haha.

    • 1WineDude

      Palazzo – I think so. We can't make the quizzes too easy ;-).

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