The world of wine is brimming with numbers — sun days in the vineyard, tons on grape scales, milliliters in bottles, and on and on. It’s enough to drive a math-challenged person like your beloved wine blogger nuts.
In the spirit of sharing the insanity, I thought I’d put together a little quiz dealing with wine numbers. Are you up to the challenge?
Here’s how it works: I’ve assigned each number below a letter. Below that, I’ve assigned each answer a number. Your job: Match up the letters and numbers. Got it? Good. The answers will appear in Thursday’s blog, so make a note to check back.
MATCH THESE NUMBERS…
TO THESE ANSWERS…
- Number of cheeses available at V. Sattui Winery’s Italian Market in St. Helena (Napa Valley), Calif. The market also features house-made sandwiches, panini and salads, and the Sattui estate offers extensive tree-shaded picnic grounds. More info: vsattui.com
- The average size of a vineyard, in acres, in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. (Source: Food and Wine magazine)
- Number of bonded wineries in California in 1940. As of 2012, that number had increased to 3,754. (Source: Wine Institute)
- The number of bottles — the equivalent of 60 cases — that can be produced from a ton of grapes. That’s an average figure, by the way, as grapes of different sizes produce different amounts of juice.
- Number of acres devoted to winegrape vineyards in Australia, as of 2012. (Source: The Australian and New Zealand Wine Industry Directory.)
Speaking of Australia, in tomorrow’s blog, we will sample the food and wine traditions of Australia’s winegrowing hub, the Barossa Valley. And then check back Thursday for the answers to today’s quiz.