Weekly Wine Quiz: Something’s Rotten In The State Of Denmark…

Vinted on March 30, 2012 binned in wine quiz

Welcome to the Weekly Wine Quiz!

Based on feedback from ever-so-vocal-and-intelligent peeps like you, I do not supply the quiz answer directly in the post – you will need to tune back in later in the comments section for the answer. Blah, blah, blah – you know all this already…

Sometimes good wines just go… bad! Meaning, of course, that chemical faults can often ruin an otherwise perfectly good bottle of vino. Today’s quiz wraps up our series on wine faults.

“Something’s Rotten In The State Of Denmark… and Prince Hamlet is taking out the trash!” (major kudos to anyone who can tell me from whence that quote was qouteth, by the way):

Alas, poor infected & smelly vino, I knew you well…

If a wine smells of rotten eggs (yes, really), it has most likely been compromised by what compound?

  • A. Sulfur Dioxide
  • B. Butyric acid
  • C. Sorbic acid
  • D. Hydrogen Sulfide

Cheers – and good luck!





  • masi3v

    H2S and the Last Action Hero.

  • Joel Ohmart

    Damn! Someone beat me to the Last Action Hero Answer! And yeah, it's A.

  • 1WineDude

    YES! Closet LAH fans! Awesome… such an underrated movie.

    • Joel Ohmart

      Hey Claudius! You killed my father! Big mistake!

      "Something is rotten in the state of Denmark, and Hamlet is taking out the trash."

      Stay thy hand, fair prince!

      *shooting him* Who said I'm fair?

      • 1WineDude

        "Check his chin!"

  • Ryan

    Oh Vino, Oh Vio where for art thou….what bud through yonder vine breaks. Ok, that's enough of that…have a good weekend Joe. Hope your week got better.

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, Ryan!

  • Joel Ohmart

    I was so distracted by the fact that someone beat me to answering the bonus question I answered incorrectly, I would like to amend my answer to D; and keep my perfect Weekly Wine Quiz record intact.

  • Nicolas de Rouyn

    While you are posting quizzes, Robert P. was NOT tasting (not even smelling) the bordeaux en primeur 2011. Here is what i say : goo.gl/EvpHt

    • 1WineDude

      Nicolas – well, *someone* has to post the quizzes! :)

      Just trying to translate your article, is it confirmed that RMP said that about the `11 vintage?

  • 1WineDude

    OK folks, here's your Wine Quiz Answer:

    D. Hydrogen Sulfide

    Rotten eggs? Yes, and it's… well, it's really disgusting when you find it in wine. Say hello to Hydrogen Sulfide. During fermentation, yeasts that convert sugars into alcohol need nitrogen, and if they can’t find enough of it in the grape must they’ll get it from any amino acids present, releasing this stinky gas in the process (and ruining your vino).

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