your worst Christmas Quiz Questions


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Aug 25, 2010
S W France
we always have them - at the table - between courses - just finished the first course - 5:30 pm - OK the worst question so far:

What is horizontal wine tasting?

your answers please?


Dec 1, 2010
Alsace, France
"Unfortunately" … ?!?! … pout. :eek:

I think tasting wine horizontally, vertically, or generally is all good so no misfortune there. :rolleyes:
I have bought wines at vineyards all over France and live in the middle of a wine-growing region, but I've yet to hear a vigneron speak of dégustation horizontale. To quote the infant Ash from The Crow Road, it sounds like a load of bollocks. And affected bollocks at that.


Nov 12, 2010
Lunenburg Nova Scotia
it sounds like a load of bollocks.
I strongly suspect you are right. My vast knowledge of wine trivia has been acquired from my brother-in-law, he is a collector. He often feeds me copious quantities of wine and as he pours he talks about bouquet, clarity, vintage, and vintners and all I think is, "keep it coming" In the end, when it comes to wine all I know is, if I like the particular wine or not, not to drink to much, and a bunch of useless trivia and I think that is were the bollocks part is.


Dec 1, 2010
Alsace, France
The most profound piece of wine lore I ever heard was that there were no great wine, great terroirs or great vintages; there are only great bottles. Originally said in French, where grand means large more often than great does.

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