Weekly Wine Quiz: Que Quercus?

Vinted on August 10, 2012 binned in wine quiz

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Que Quercus? Oak used in wine barrels generally belongs to the genus Quercus. What is the name of the "True White Oak" used for wine barrels made from American oak?

  • A. Quercus petraea
  • B. Quercus robur
  • C. Quercus alba

Cheers, and good luck!





  • Stephanie Goldson

    C. Quercus alba

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, Stephanie!

  • 1WineDude

    Here is the OFFICIAL Wine Quiz Answer:

    C. Quercus alba

    Quercus Alba is the name given to "True White Oak," one of at least 24 species of oak grown in the U.S. and the only one used for wine barrel making. Missouri, Ohio, Illinois, Tennessee and Kentucky are the main production areas.


  • David Savory

    In addition to enology, I know my botany, dendrology, and latin: Quercus Alba is the answer. I just hope there is no trick to the ‘True’ part of the ‘common name’ White Oak.

    • 1WineDude

      David – no tricks, though you might actually be too intelligent for me to keep up with you! :)

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