canadamapmiddle“Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” is just so yesterday. The hot new new quiz is “Who Wants to be a Canadian Wine Whiz?” Test your vinous savvy with the questions below, then see how you do.

Get fewer than ten correct, and you may want to consider switching to beer. Get between eleven and fifteen right and you’re well on your way to the inner sanctum of the Canadian wine savvy elite. More than sixteen, and you’re always the one who gets handed the wine list in restaurants.

To check your score, look at the bottom of the page for the answers. Also check out the winners of The Great Canadian Wine Match and discover 10 Surprising Facts about Canadian Wine.

Here  are my top Canadian wine reviews to add to your custom shopping wine list. Join us on CBC radio’s drive-home shows today to chat about Canadian wines for Canada Day.

1. Which famous Canadian comedian owns a Canadian winery?

a) Mike Meyers
b) Dan Aykroyd
c) Stephen Harper
d) Rich Little

2. What does VQA stand for?

a) Vintners Question Authority
b) Vineyards Quality Assurance
c) Vintner’s Quality Alliance
d) Vin Que Allemangne

3. The father of Canadian wine is known as:

a) Johann Schiller
b) John Niagara
c) Johnny Grapeseed
d) Gordon Lightfoot

4. Many Canadian winemakers make extensive use of:

a) Oak aging
b) Carbonic maceration
c) Hand harvesting
d) Prozac

5. There are how many wineries in Canada:

a) 77
b) 113
c) 268
d) 497

6. Le Clos Jordanne winery is a collaboration between:CanadaFlagWineBottle small slim

a) Steven and Chris
b) Cher and Madonna
c) McCain and Weston
d) Boisset and Constellation

7. The first commercial winery in Canada opened in:

a) 1866
b) 1889
c) 1936
d) 1975

8. The largest producer of icewine in the world is:

a) Alaska
b) Canada
c) Germany
d) Iceland

9. Approximately what percentage of the current price of wine in Canada is government taxes:

a) 48%
b) 67%
c) 76%
d) 97%

10. Which champion golf pro owns a Canadian winery?

a) Greg Norman
b) Ernie Els
c) Mike Weir
d) Arnold Palmer

11. Which of the following does not belong?

a) Prince Edward County
b) Niagara Peninsula
c) Lake Erie
d) Thunder Bay

12. Which of the following is not a hybrid grape?

a) Baco Noir
b) Vidal
c) Marechal Foch
d) Semillon

13. Grapes for ice wines are picked at which temperature?

a)  Below –8oC
b) Below freezing
c) Below 8oC
d) A nippy winter night

14. White zinfandel is made from which of the following?

a) Red Zinfandel grapes
b) Blend of Chardonnay and Zinfandel
c) Traditional rosé grapes
d) An industrial pre-mix solution

15. What is noble rot?

a) Grapes are damaged by cold temperatures.
b) When good wine is left in poor storage conditions.
c) A benevolent fungus attacks the grapes which can result in sweet wine but not icewine.
d) When good winemakers go bad.

16. Which hockey player owns a Canadian winery?

a) Mario Lemieux
b) Wayne Gretzky
c) Mark Messier
d) Sidney Crosby

17. Which of these is not a Canadian winery?

a) Dirty Laundry
b) Organized Crime
c) Laughing Stock
d) Vine and Punishment

18. What factor contributes most to the loss of grapes for icewine?

a) predators such as birds and deer
b) mold, mildew and rot
c) government bureaucrats
d) temperatures too warm to harvest

19. Ontario produces what percentage of Canadian wines?

a) 25%
b) 50%
c) 75%
d) 90%

20. Niagara lies on the same latitude as:

a) Bordeaux
b) Burgundy
c) Alsace
d) Champagne

 

Answers:

1. (b) Dan Ackroyd
2. (c) Vintner’s Quality Alliance
3. (a) Johann Schiller
4. (c) Hand harvesting
5. (d) 497
6. (d) Boisset and Constellation
7. (a) 1866
8. (b) Canada
9. (b) 67%
10. (c) Mike Weir
11. (d) Thunder Bay
12. (d) Semillon
13. (a) Below –8oC
14. (a) Red Zinfandel grapes
15. (c) A benevolent fungus
16. (b) Wayne Gretzky
17. (d) Vine and Punishment
18. (d) temperatures too warm to harvest
19. (d) 90%
20. (a) Bordeaux