En­joy a lit­tle wine test­ing

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Roll up, roll up. It is time for the Daily Tele­graph booze quiz again. We have prizes, cour­tesy of Berry Bros & Rudd – a case of de­li­cious clas­sic claret for the win­ner and a mag­num of cham­pagne for each of the two run­ners-up. And we have ques­tions – one for each day of Christ­mas. All you need to do is an­swer them. Please send your re­sponses ei­ther by snail mail to Weekend Wine Quiz, The Daily Tele­graph, 111 Buck­ing­ham Palace Road, Lon­don SW1W 0DT, post­marked no later than Jan­uary 6. Or email winequiz@ tele­graph.co.uk be­fore (yes BE­FORE, no late emails will be ac­cepted) 11.59pm on Jan­uary 6, 2014. Usual terms and con­di­tions ap­ply. The first cor­rect set of en­tries pulled out of the metaphor­i­cal hat wins. On your marks, get set, get crack­ing… I’m in Aus­tralia but you won’t see a wild koala here. It’s a wine-pro­duc­ing re­gion (of course) but shiraz is not a spe­cial­ity. One of the best chardon­nay producers in Aus­tralia is based here and one of the two words of its name is what a horse does when it’s run­ning fast. Where am I? A– Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula B– Ade­laide Hills C– Mar­garet River D– Barossa Val­ley

1 Its vine­yards in­clude Tes­son, Che­val­ières and Clos de la Barre. Where are we in Bur­gundy? A– Vol­nay B– Meur­sault C– Rully D– Puligny-Mon­tra­chet

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3 The name’s Bond. James Bond. We all know what he drank. But do you know how much? Two re­searchers spent six months comb­ing through Ian Flem­ing’s oeu­vre and cal­cu­lat­ing 007’s in­take in al­co­holic units. The an­swer? A– A mod­est one a day. The life of a se­cret agent isn’t all mar­ti­nis and Pussy Ga­lore, you know. It’s hard to shake a mar­tini when you are hang­ing up­side down from a ski lift B– 21 units a week. It’s as if Flem­ing wrote the books to mod­ern gov­ern­ment guide­lines C– 70 a week – the equiv­a­lent of a bot­tle of wine ev­ery day D– Up to an enor­mous 92, and the most in one day was 49.8 units A– The mer­lot – there are ab­so­lutely no prob­lems with rot any­where at all B– Ev­ery­thing! Another vin­tage of the cen­tury beck­ons C– Noth­ing. “We’re al­ways ab­so­lutely straight about our har­vest as­sess­ments. No one should buy any wine from us this year” D– Sauternes

5 Reyneke Wines is in which South African re­gion? A– Stel­len­bosch B– Swaart­land C– Con­stan­tia D– El­gin Piemonte is – rightly – famed for its ethe­real red wine (barolo, bar­baresco, neb­bi­olo delle Langhe…) and the glo­ri­ous, pun­gent del­i­cacy that is the white truf­fle. That wasn’t al­ways the case. When, in an at­tempt to drum up a bit of pub­lic­ity for their lo­cal pro­duce, lo­cals de­cided to send a mas­sive 2.5kg truf­fle to Pres­i­dent Tru­man, what was the un­ex­pected re­sponse? A– Thank you very much;

6 Pres­i­dent Tru­man thor­oughly en­joyed this with his baked beans B– Pres­i­dent Tru­man is very grate­ful for the won­der­ful truf­fle, which he has placed in a glass dis­play case in the Oval Of­fice C– Pres­i­dent Tru­man re­grets that, due to ter­ror­ist risks, he is un­able to ac­cept edi­ble gifts D– Thank you for the po­tato. Un­for­tu­nately, it had gone bad dur­ing the jour­ney and we had to throw it away gave birth four decades ago to a style of wine that has since cap­ti­vated the world, be­com­ing a mod­ern clas­sic, a feat that must have been unimag­in­able when the first com­mer­cial vines went into the ground in this poor sheep-farm­ing re­gion on Au­gust 24, 1973? A– Men­doza, Ar­gentina B– Marl­bor­ough, New Zealand C– Leyda, Chile D– Cen­tral Otago, New Zealand pro­fes­sion­ally re­fused so much as a sip un­til the pro­gramme was over, Just In Case. Wise lady.) Its in­gre­di­ents are? A– Left-over cran­berry stuff­ing and vodka B– Freshly squeezed clementine juice, lime juice, rum, An­gos­tura bit­ters and su­gar syrup C– A triad of gins D– Vodka, ver­mouth and a sprout gar­nish

(So­cial) death on the Ori­ent Ex­press: Robert Shaw (right) about to drink red wine with fish in ‘From Rus­sia With Love’. Inset: Harry S. Tru­man

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