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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The Quiz

It is Tuesday again and we are getting ready for the great quiz. I am at a company baseball tournament today but not playing but did offer my services for the home run derby. If it takes place while I am there during the afternoon I am going to bat. It has been a few years but I would like to belt one out of the park.

1. What are the two principal white wine grape varieties found in Bordeaux?

2. Noble rot is to France as Flétri is to what country?

3. When you see the word Fine to denote the quality of a brandy , does it mean it is a very good brandy or one of no great distinction?

4. When you see a dish on the menu with the word nori. What does it mean?

5. What is the purpose of a chinois in the kitchen?

A bit of variety in this one and it shouldn't be that difficult for most of you. Maybe number 2 is tricky but I had to throw that one in there for George.

4 comments:

Sous Gal said...

I know (I think) #4 and #5: nori is seaweed and a chinois is a cone shaped, fine strainer to be used to strain custards and finer straining. I've used it to strain the lemon zest from the cheesecake before cooling :)

Waiter Extraordinaire said...

Sous Gal...right on. Thanks for taking part!

George said...

Good Afternoon, Steve;

Ah, I'm late to the party today I see; but thank you for another excellent quiz!


1. What are the two principal white wine grape varieties found in Bordeaux?
A: Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc are the two principal white grape varietals in Bordeaux.

2. Noble rot is to France as Flétri is to what country?
A: Tricky. Both refer to the same grey fungus that causes the grapes to produce sweet wine -- Noble Rot is the English translation of the French term pourriture noble; which is also known as Flétri in Switzerland.

3. When you see the word Fine to denote the quality of a brandy , does it mean it is a very good brandy or one of no great distinction?
A: That depends on what you mean by "Fine" Brandy. Typically, Fine Brandies are produced in small batches in a pot-still, and double-distilled besides that. The result of this process is then barrel aged for at least two years to produce A.C.; three years to produce V.S. (Very Special); five years for V.S.O.P. (Very Special Old Pale); and more than six years to produce X.O. (Extra Old, Napoleon, etc). Contrast that with mass produced brandies, that spend no time in the barrel...

4. When you see a dish on the menu with the word nori. What does it mean?
A: As Sous Gal already pointed out, Nori is seaweed; most commonly seen in Sushi and Sashimi restaurants...

5. What is the purpose of a chinois in the kitchen?
A: As Sous Gal already mentioned, a Chinois is a cone-shaped strainer.

Waiter Extraordinaire said...

George...well done except Fine just meant the ordinary kind but you covered everything nicely. Nice one on the Fletri.