Wine Knows Trivia iPhone App Giveaway!

Vinted on January 23, 2012 binned in giveaways, wine appreciation

With the buzz happening around the Weekly Wine Quiz, I’ve got wine trivia on the (vino-soaked) brain lately. So it seemed serendipitous that I was contacted by the folks at Trivia Knows to try out their new cross-platform mobile wine trivia game, Wine Knows Trivia.

They invited me to take a sample test rive of the game on the iPhone, and I can say that I am fairly impressed – the interface is slick, there’s a bit of game-addiction action as you rack up bottles that measure your winnings/progress (which you can then share via twitter, Google+ and Facebook for bragging rights among your social circle as to who has the most wine smarties). And we all know that wine knowledge makes you appear sexier to your potential amorous pursuits (just sayin’).

And now YOU have a chance to win a copy of Wine Knows Trivia for iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, because we’re giving away a redemption code for the app to THREE lucky commenters this week!  Here’s the deal: you comment on this post, and at 9PM ET on Friday, January 27th I will randomly select three winners from the comments who will receive a redemption code via e-mail (if you win, you need to act fast – after February 3rd, the codes evaporate into the ether, never to be seen again!). Comment discussion topic coming after the jump.

Some of the questions in the Wine Knows trivia game are pretty friggin’ difficult – I found a few that rivaled those posed within the exams of the certifications for which I sat over the years. so it should keep all but the most die-hard wine geeks entertained…

For example, do you know the most commonly-used grapes (of the 14-some-odd varieties allowed) in the making of vintage port? Probably not off the top of your noggin’.

It’s not all a bottle of rose, of course – questions that you answer incorrectly tend to repeat themselves until you get them right, which you may find annoying. And as far as I’m able to discern, the app totally ignores the mute button on the iPhone, and there’s not setting to turn off the sound effects and music, forcing you to manually reduce the volume if you want to play while you’re supposed to be paying attention in a meeting. And finally, some questions use the term “varietal” as a noun (totally unforgiveable!).

Anyway, as a wine geek you can do a lot worse than while away your time learning some interesting tidbits about your favorite beverage by challenging yourself with all the great questions that Wine Knows Trivia poses for the bargain price of $0.99.

So if you wanna win a copy to put your wine brain to the test, shout out the following in the comments:

What’s the most difficult wine quiz/test/question you’ve ever faced?

For me, it would have to be the section on the WSET Advanced written exam that dealt with Spanish brandies – I was totally unprepared for the inclusion of that (shame on me!). But then, the exam seemed to include a good proportion of questions pertaining to the Pacific Northwest of the U.S., and if had been a Londoner studying for the exam I probably would have sh*t myself on those questions!

Cheers – and good luck!






  • Eric

    In a wine exam a few years ago I had to list the village of some less than famous Premier Cru vineyards. That was a doozy!

    • 1WineDude

      Eric – yeah, the questions that effectively amount to geography were always tough for me; not just in wine, I mean, though wine is an AMAZING way to up your geography IQ. Cheers!

  • Jon Zeiger

    the hardest one i've ever done was on sporcle :P never taken a formal test though

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, Jon – interesting, will have to give sporcle a look-see. Cheers!

  • Jonathan Chandler

    the hardest one i've ever done was on sporcle :P never taken a formal test though

  • Joel Ohmart

    I would have to say my first blind tasting with several winemakers from the area, I was sweating bullets; I later learned that "wrong" impressions often are more helpful of a learning tool than "correct" impressions.

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, Joel – great point! I have never been that afraid to blurt out what I get out of a wine or which I prefer, despie some strange looks as a result (but then maybe I am just rude? :). Cheers!

  • Mark Cochard

    Worst for me was a Diploma essay on the wine business. You have very wealthy friend that wants to plant a vineyard and start a winery. Advise him on waht needs to be done or some such question. Figured peice of cake for me. Got a D on the paper. Another one, where we were only studying half of the still wines of the world in the 1st year, in a blind tasting identifeid the wine as NZ SB of course it was from South Africa. New Zealand was not to be studied until year 2.

    • 1WineDude

      Hey Mark – answer is simple, tell him to plan to lose half his fortune within three years! ;-)

  • Matthew Esser

    Mark, do you ever do any work?

    • 1WineDude

      Matt – yes, he tastes aged Cali. Chardonnay in anticipation of us trying to stump him in a surprise blind tasting sometime in the next 10 years. ;-)

      • Matthew Esser

        Yes, but all of this he does at the office…. where he's supposed to be working! :-)

        • 1WineDude

          Matt – fair enough… ;-)

    • Mark Cochard

      work? is that a word? :-)

      • 1WineDude

        Mark – all four letters of it! ;-)

  • Nikki

    Definitely had to be a WSET question… It was on pot still construction.

    • 1WineDude

      Nikki – yeah, those were… not easy! :) Cheers!

  • Will

    Finished the wine origins test and found it very hard to switch gears from Champagne to Port, but the hardest is the German/Austrian wine scheme, they switch levels between countries and one area in Austria, has its own separate classification system.

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, Will – yeah moving between mindsets on that stuff can be tricky (especially since hardly any country does it quite the same way :). Cheers!

  • Jim Chase

    New to 1winedude. Checking out some of your recommendations. Always up for a trivia game and wine is my new obsession.

    • 1WineDude

      Welcome, Jim!!

  • ross mckay

    I'm doing WSET 3 this year and rWSET 2 was pretty simple except for those damn spanish brandy questions. Now prepping for WSET 3 by reading Wine Bible like a text book and writing TNs for each of the regional wines in the schedule. Most fun study I've ever had

    • 1WineDude

      :) Thanks, ross!

  • Gay Johnson

    I want an app or guide that can help me pronounce some of these eastern European and Greek wines. WTH! I feel like I'm back in high school science class.

    • 1WineDude

      Gay – HA! Agree that a wine pronunciation app would be AWESOME. You should launch and sell it – I know MANY people who would buy that (myself included :).

  • Greg Gavutis

    Somebody beat us to it! :)

  • 1WineDude

    Greg – HA! Ok, will be bookmarking that one. Shame on me, because I've been reading WLP on an off for YEARS and never really noticed that resource!

  • Eagles Nest Winery

    Well the most regular, difficult, wine quiz question posed in our tasting room is "What's your favorite wine?" The answer of course varies with the mood and food… [Poet and don't know it ;-)]

    • 1WineDude

      Dennis – toughest one of all!

  • 1WineDude

    We have our winners! Thanks for the great comments, everyone!

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