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Questionnaire for the Competition Best Sommelier of the World 2019

To give you an idea, what kind of questions are to be answered during the quarter finals, we publish a few of them here.
Please bear in mind, that the 66 competitors had to answer 60 of such questions and only had 60 minutes time to do so …

  • What is this?

  • Which insect is shown on the picture below? What effect does it have on vines?

  • Which training system you would choose if you are in an arid region without the possibility of irrigation? Why?
  • What means “kvevri”?
  • Give the definition of the designation of a vintage on an Australian wine label.
  • You have two semi dry wines with the identical values of alcohol, residual sugar, acidity and SO2. Wine number one has been produced by stopped fermentation, wine number two has been produced by added must concentrate. Which wine gives a sweeter impression and why?
  • What types of soil make the terroir in the vineyards of Luxemburg?
  • For Madeira, what is the difference between a Colheita and a Frasqueira?
  • In which country each of the following wineries is located?
    • Chateau des Brumes
    • Chateau Indage
    • Shandong Taila winery
    • Miolo
    • Concha y Toro
    • Clos de los Siete
    • Mars winery
    • J. Hofstätter
    • Hatten Wines
    • Casa de Vinuri Cotnari
    • Muga
    • Cloudy Bay
  • What is the lone appellation of Nova Scotia?
  • Please name the villages which are allowed to produce grapes for Commandaria on the island of Cyprus. Please respect the alphabetical order.
  • Name the country for each of the following wine areas
    • Drama
    • Maipo
    • Primorska
    • Cinti
    • Trasimeno
    • Serra Gaúcha
    • Istra
    • Posavje
    • Mérida
    • Azuay
    • Monterrey
    • Montevideo
  • Quote the AOP Crus starting with the letter C of the right bank of the Northern Rhône Valley (from north to south)
  • Put the four viticultural appellations of Portugal in respect of their geographic situation from north to south of the country: Lagoa, Dão, Porto, Alentejo.
  • Wines from the Appellation “Champagne” have to be matured and commercialised in the same bottle in which it has made the second fermentation to create the bubbles. Which formats are exception to this rule?
  • Name a synonym of the grape variety Tannat in each of the following countries:
    • France
    • Spain
    • Uruguay
  • Which are the two authorised grape varieties in the DOP Goumenissa?
  • Connect the following personalities with the wineries: Diamond Creek, Beaulieu Vineyards, Ridge Vineyards, Spottswoode, Eyrie Vineyards, Marcassin, Inglenook, Charles Krug
    • David Lett
    • André Tchelistcheff
    • Gustav Niebaum
    • Cesare Mondavi
    • Dave Bennion
    • Helen Turley
    • Al Brounstein
    • Mary Weber Novak
  • Which winery produces wines in Salta on 3111m above sea level?
  • Please name the country of origin for the whiskies below:
    • Kavalan
    • Cutty Sark Imperial Kingdom
    • Kirin Mt. Fuji 18 years old
    • Adelphi
    • Glenfarclas
    • Hennessy NA-GEANNA
    • Lagavulin
    • Békési Single Barrel
    • Golden Blue, Busan
    • Original Rye Whisky J.H., Haider
  • Which famous Bordeaux winemaker died on December 11, 2018 and which Californian winemaker left us on march 2, 2019 aged 94?
  • What is the meaning of the Japanese expressions Nihonsuh and Seishu?
  • What is the latin name for Robusta coffee?
  • In which month of this year the wine fair Vinexpo Bordeaux will take place?
  • Name the country of origin of each of the following beers:
    • Staropramen
    • Mort Subite Xtreme Kriek
    • Brooklin East IPA
    • Mahou Cerveza Especial
    • Lapin Culta
    • Stein Bratislawa
    • Wojak
    • Red Stripe
    • Quilmes
    • Xingu Black Beer
    • Corona Extra
    • Karlovačko
    • Angkor
    • Belhaven Mc Callum Stout
  • In Belgium there are Trappist beers and Abbey Beers. Indicate for each of the beers below if it is a Trappist beer (put a T) or an Abbey beer (put an A).
    • Affligem
    • Chimay
    • Orval
    • Bornem
    • Ename
    • Foreffe
    • Westvleteren
    • Grimbergen
    • St. Feuillien
    • Steenbrugge
    • Rochefort
    • Westmalle
  • Give the format of each of the Cuban cigars below.
    • Hoyo de Monterey Epicure No. 2
    • Montecristo No. 2
    • Cohiba Siglo III
    • Romeo y Julieta Culebras
    • Partagas Lusitanias
  • In which country each of the following beverages is produced?
    • Rīgas Melnais balzams
    • Hierbas Tunel
    • Domaine Ain Lorma
    • Sljivovica Badel
    • Dveri Pax Janze
    • Stonewine, Minis DOC Furmint
    • Tatratea Original Tea Liquor
    • Vana Tallinn Liköör
    • Debowa Vodka Crystal Oak
    • Salmari Premium Lakritz Liquor
    • Nemiroff Birch Vodka
    • Fru Lysholm Aquavit
    • Norkap Akvavit
    • Brothers Vilgalys Krupnikas
    • Skënderbeu Cognac
    • Gold of Mauritius Dark Rum
    • Brennivin/Black Death
    • De Kuyper Bessen Genver
    • Beluga Noble
    • Tanduay Rhum
    • Atlantico Gran Reserva Rum
    • Mackmyra ‘Mack’ Single Malt Whisky
    • Di Loza
    • Aperol

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