Weekly Wine Quiz: Rock Solid Character

Vinted on November 2, 2012 binned in wine quiz

Welcome to the Weekly Wine Quiz! This week, long-term 1WD readers with good memories will be at an advantage, presumably if they’ve not destroyed those brain cells with alcohol, as we’ve covered this ground (ha-ha! sorry… that awful joke will make sense in a minute) before on these virtual pages.

Standard disclaimer: I supply a quiz question each week, but I do *not* supply the quiz answer right away. YOU do, by virtue of your most awesome guess as to that answer in the comments, and then tune back in later in the comments section for the official answer. Which might be delayed due to Frankenstorm (sorry!).

Rock Solid Character: Slate-rich soils, such as those found in the more northerly wine-making areas in Germany, are thought to impart what characteristic aroma to Riesling wines?

A.  Hayseed
B.  Green apple
C.  Apricot
D.  Mango
E.  Quince

Cheers – and good luck!





  • Tracey914


    • 1WineDude

      Tracey914 – Thanks!

  • Ashley Wondra

    No no green apple!

    • 1WineDude

      :) Thanks, Ashley!

  • Myles Miller

    I'm going with Mango.

    • 1WineDude

      THanks, Myles!

  • Richard Auffrey

    B. Green apple.

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, Richard! Hey, do you still smell like bacon?

  • Joeshico

    I agree with Tracy, apricot., but since hayseed wasn't taken yet, I'll go with that since slate is not a choice.

    • 1WineDude

      Joeshico – could always write-in the Slate vote. :)

  • masi3v

    Fruity Pebbles?

    • 1WineDude

      Masi3v – it for sure ain't Count Chocula!

  • 1WineDude

    Here 'tis, your Official Wine Quiz Answer:

    B. Green apple

    Slate is common in the soils of the Mosel, Mitelrhein and Rheingau regions of Germany, and assists ripening by storing a bit of the sun's warmth. According to the book Riesling (by Christina Fischer and Ingo Swoboda), these soils are most often marked by the aromas of fresh green apples in wine made from Riesling grown on them. My personal experience has also borne this out, though I don't have a name quite as cool as "Ingo!" Cheers!

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