Think­ing caps on

FIENDISH WINE QUIZ 2012: It’s time to delve deep into the grey cells for a chance to win a trip to Mcguigan Wines in Aus­tralia.

Yorkshire Post - YP Magazine - - Wine Column -

HECK your pass­port is up to date be­fore you set­tle down to work through this year’s Fiendish Wine Quiz which has been de­signed to blow away the cob­webs of Christ­mas and test your wine knowl­edge and re­search ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

The top prize this year is a fab­u­lous trip to the multi-award-win­ning McGuigan Wines in the Hunter Val­ley, Aus­tralia. Flights, ac­com­mo­da­tion and meals are in­cluded in this four-day stay in Aus­tralia, which starts with a night in Syd­ney to get you on Aus­tralia time, two nights as a guest of the McGuigan fam­ily in the Hunter Val­ley, with vis­its to vine­yards and the win­ery, then an­other night back in Syd­ney. If you want to ex­tend your trip that can be done by ar­range­ment. I will ac­com­pany the win­ner and their com­pan­ion and I am al­ready look­ing for­ward to it. The dates will be by agree­ment be­tween the win­ner, McGuigan and my­self and nat­u­rally must avoid peak times, but to get the best of the Aus­tralian weather it would be good to take this trip quite soon in 2013.

McGuigan wines have swept the board at in­ter­na­tional wine com­pe­ti­tions with awards for their Chardon­nays and Ries­lings but in par­tic­u­lar for their Semil­lon which has set a new world-wide stan­dard for in­no­va­tion and style.

There will be two run­ners-up prizes – a copy of The Com­plete Bordeaux by Stephen Brook, pub­lished by Mitchell Bea­z­ley which ranks as one of the most au­thor­i­ta­tive books on this fan­tas­tic re­gion.

As al­ways, you may use any means to get to the right an­swers, in­clud­ing pes­ter­ing your lo­cal wine mer­chant although it might be po­lite to buy a bot­tle from them while you are wait­ing for the an­swers. The win­ner will be asked to nom­i­nate their favourite in­de­pen­dent wine shop which will re­ceive a case of McGuigan wine.

This quiz is not open to any­one in the wine trade and that in­cludes wine lec­tur­ers who should con­cen­trate on help­ing their stu­dents to win.

Now that so many peo­ple read the York­shire Post on­line I have de­cided to al­low en­tries on plain pa­per, how­ever I shall need your name and ad­dress in your own hand­writ­ing on your en­try sheet. If you have a copy of the news­pa­per then, as usual, please tick the right an­swers and send me the whole page. Emailed en­tries will be ig­nored. Only one en­try per house­hold is al­lowed and any mul­ti­ple en­tries will be dis­carded.

All cor­rect en­tries will go into Grapevine’s gi­ant ice-bucket and the win­ner will be cho­sen at random. There is no cash alternative to any of the prizes.

I will mark all the en­tries and no ar­gu­ing will be al­lowed, although the cus­tom­ary nit-pick­ing from reg­u­lar read­ers re­lieves the te­dium of mark­ing the en­tries.

Send to: Sarah Free­man, York­shire Post Mag­a­zine, No1 Leeds, 26 White­hall Road, Leeds LS12 1BE to ar­rive no later than Jan­uary 9, 2013.

CHRIS­TINE AUSTIN

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