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Wine Quiz


*Answers are at the bottom of the quiz.

1.  What wine might have been the favorite of Sherlock Holmes?

  • A. Sherry
  • B. Port
  • C. Bordeaux
  • D. Tokaji

2.  The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes was a popular radio show in the 1930s and 1940s. What wine company sponsored the show?

  • A. Gallo
  • B. Stone Hill Winery
  • C. Brotherhood Winery
  • D. Petri Wine


3.  When were the first vines known to be planted in the Finger Lakes?

  • A. 1804
  • B. 1829
  • C. 1901
  • D. 1941
  • E. 1982


4.  True or False: The Fingers Lake American Viticultural Area covers over one million acres of farmland?

  • A. True
  • B. False


5.  Uruguay shares winemaking geography with Argentina, Chile, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand between what southern latitudinal parallels?

  • A. 20 and 25
  • B. 25 and 30
  • C. 30 and 35
  • D. 35 and 40


6.  In 2007, a Riesling from which Finger Lakes wine producer took home the only gold medal awarded to an American wine in the Riesling Du Monde (Riesling in the World) Wine Competition in Strasbourg, France?

  • A.  Hermann J. Wiemer
  • B.  Fox Run Vineyards
  • C.  Dr. Konstantin Frank
  • D.  Red Newt Cellars
  • E.   Heron Hill



1.  Wine Quiz Answer: B. Port
There is very little mention of the famous detective’s drinking habits in the Sherlock Holmes canon. While he does enjoy a glass of Toakaji in "His Last Bow," Holmes might have had more Port than anything else. He drinks glasses of Port in three stories, "The Gloria Scott," "The Sign of Four," and "The Adventure of the Creeping Man," a total which may make Port Holmes’ most often-sipped wine.


2.  Wine Quiz Answer: D. Petri Wine
Escalon, California based Petri Wine sponsored The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes from 1939 to 1946, after which it was replaced by the (probably decidedly less tasty) Kreml Hair Tonic for Men. The show was quite popular in its time, even being broadcasted overseas through the Armed Forces Radio Service during World War II.


3.  Wine Quiz Answer: B. 1829
While the Fingers Lake AVA wasn’t officially established until October 1, 1982, grapevines have called the area home for a much longer time frame. The Reverend William Bostwick is believed to have planted the first vineyard in the region when he decided that his rectory garden in Hammondsport, NY would make a good spot for vines.


4.  Wine Quiz Answer: A. True
According to the recently-released book American Wine, The Finger Lakes AVA covers 2.5 million acres across nearly thirteen counties, only about 9,000 acres of which are planted as vineyards.


5.  Wine Quiz Answer: C. 30 and 35
According to winesofuruguay.com, Uruguay’s winemaking regions lie between parallels 30 and 35 in the Southern Hemisphere, where its fellow fine wine producing countries of Chile, Argentina, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand also reside.


6.  Wine Quiz Answer: B. Fox Run Vineyards
Fox Run Vineyards’ 2005 Riesling took home the only U.S. Gold medal awarded in France’s 2007 Riesling Du Monde, a competition that featured over 500 Rieslings submitted from 12 different countries

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