Have you been following the wine news this year? How much do you know about wine and spirits? And would you like to win one of our delicious prizes? Many of you emailed to lament its absence last year and I’m delighted to say that the annual Telegraph wine quiz is back, with 10 questions to test your wine knowledge (or perhaps just your Googling abilities).
How to enter
To enter, please email your answers to me at [email protected] by midnight on Monday January 4 – yes, the timing is short and sharp this year. The Telegraph’s usual terms and conditions apply. The winner will be chosen at random from correct entries and notified by email. Entrants must be aged 18 or over.
First prize: A mixed six-pack of two of Berry Bros & Rudd’s superb own-label burgundies, a red and a white – Chassagne-Montrachet Jean-Claude Bachelet 2013 and Gevrey-Chambertin Rossignol-Trapet 2009 – worth £179.70.
Second prize : A magnum of Berry Bros & Rudd Champagne Grand Cru Mailly 2006. Both prizes kindly supplied by Berry Bros & Rudd.
This article will be updated with the answers to the quiz on Tuesday January 16.
1 First published in 1994, Jancis Robinson’s The Oxford Companion to Wine is a definitive and monumental reference work. The updates for each new edition offer an insight into how the wine world is changing, and the publication of the fourth edition last year was no exception. Ladybug taint, qvevri, longyan, rotundone, pet-nat and orange wine are just a handful of the 300 or so new entries. Another is jakot. But what is it?
a) The Slovenian name for tokaj
b) A type of rot prevalent in China
c) A tannic red wine made in Hungary
2 Grandmother Ines Carruthers, who celebrated her 105th birthday recently, attributed her long life to a combination of hard work (“You have to put the effort in. I worked hard during the war while I raised my children”) and treats: “Gin with orange juice is one of my favourite indulgences.” Of the many new English gins launched this year, one of my favourites is Valentine Warner’s Hepple (drinking it with orange juice not recommended). In which county is it made?
3 What type of martini did 007 order for the first time in the latest Bond film Spectre?
a) A Vesper, made with Gordon’s gin and vodka
b) A Montgomery (15:1)
c) A dirty martini, made with Belvedere vodka
4 We love prosecco and it’s now official: last year prosecco sales in Britain overtook those of champagne for the first time. According to figures released last spring, prosecco consumption had grown by 66 per cent in the UK; risen by 77 per cent in China and gone up by how much in, of all places, Mexico?
a) 82 per cent
b) 106 per cent
c) 137 per cent
5 Last year saw the opening of a London outpost of Parisian restaurant 110 Taillevent. How many wines does it serve by the glass?
c) 17 sparkling and 89 reds and whites
6 Bussia is a cru in which fine wine region?
7 In December, Taittinger announced that its next new wine would be English. In partnership with British wine company Hatch Mansfield, the champagne house has bought an orchard in Kent, which it intends to turn into a vineyard for the production of English sparkling wine. There was just one problem: Taittinger released carefully staged publicity pictures featuring the Union flag upside down – said to be a coded message of distress. Which of these two flags is the right way up?
8 Trousseau is a grape grown in the Jura where it makes light-coloured red wines with the floating texture of pinot noir that have become hugely fashionable. By what name is the grape known in Portugal?
b) Oveja negra
9 What is Jamsheed?
a) A South African rock band that writes songs about wineries
b) An Australian wine producer
c) A Californian wine-based drink
10 An exclusive private members’ club for lovers of fine wine opened in the Grade II listed Lutyens building at 67 Pall Mall last year. With around £5 million of wine on the premises, it will offer 500 wines by the glass and members the opportunity to drink their own wine in elegant surroundings without being subjected to huge restaurant mark-ups. But what was the building formerly used as?
a) Stables for the Queen Mother’s horses
b) Storage for Berry Bros & Rudd, which is just across the road
c) A branch of Hambros Bank