Weekly Wine Quiz: Vintage-Schmintage!

Vinted on January 20, 2012 binned in wine appreciation, wine quiz

Today marks the second installment of the Weekly Wine Quiz. Based on feedback from last week’s quiz posting, 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!


Continuing our Champagne theme this month, many wine lovers know that Champagne is often a blend of different grape varieties, but fewer know that it is usually blended across vintages in order to produce a “house” style with a consistent taste profile year to year. The exception to the blended vintages is, of course, vintage-dated Champagne, which is produced in exceptional years only from grapes harvested during that vintage. What percentage of total Champagne production is vintage-dated?

  • A. Less than 5 percent
  • B. Less than 10 percent
  • C. Less than 15 percent
  • D. Less than 20 percent
  • E. Less then 25 percent

Cheers – and good luck!





  • @SanCrittenden

    I am going with B. Less than 10%.

  • @mattvel

    It's B. No wonder that nectar is so good!

  • Joel Ohmart

    I am also going with B Joe, loving the WWQ!

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, all! Keep it coming! :)

  • RichardPF

    Did you realize that E is automatically a correct answer? For example, if the percentage was 13%, then E is still correct as 13% is still less than 25%. :)

    • 1WineDude

      Richard – of course, technically correct, but in this case it's how close you come to the most correct selection. :)

  • 1WineDude

    Alllrighty, folks – here's the Wine Quiz Answer!

    ** B. Less than 10 percent **

    Vintage Champagne may get most of the glory and publicity, but it's certainly not the majority of production – not by a long shot. According to the Center for Wine Origins, Non Vintage blends account for over 90 percent of total Champagne production. So there's good reason for you to think that the bottle of vintage Champers aging in your cellar is special, because it is! Cheers!

    • masi3v

      I guess I was a little slow getting to the answer. I would now say "B" but I would appear as though I was a cheater. So I just won't answer.

      • 1WineDude

        masi3v – No worries, you're not really cheating if you didn't look for the answer 1st. :)

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