Blow away the cobwebs of Christmas with this year’s Fiendish Wine Quiz, which has been designed to test your knowledge and research capabilities.
The top prize this year is a trip to the beautiful island of Madeira, courtesy of the Blandy family who have been making top-quality Madeira for over 200 years.
The winner and a companion will fly to Madeira and stay at the Blandy Wine Lodges in the heart of Funchal. There will be visits to the vineyards, tastings of Madeira wine and, if the weather is good, maybe even a boat trip.
Flights from a UK airport, two nights’ accommodation and all meals on Madeira are included in the trip which will be taken at a mutually convenient time, but will probably be in March 2014. I am planning to accompany the trip. For runners-up there are two copies of new 7th edition The World Atlas of Wine, by Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson which I think is the best wine book of the year. As always, you may use any means at your disposal to get to the right answers, including pestering your local wine merchant. Most of the people behind the counters of our wine shops, particularly independents, are bristling with wine qualifications and they are an invaluable source of up-to-the-minute information although it might be polite to buy a bottle of something from them while you are waiting for the answers.
This quiz is not open to anyone in the wine trade and that includes wine lecturers who should concentrate on helping their students win.
Now that so many people read the Yorkshire Post online, you can access the quiz here. If you don’t want to print it off, I will allow entries on plain paper; however I shall need your name and address in your own handwriting on your entry sheet. If you have a copy of the newspaper then, as usual, please tick the right answers and send me the whole page. Emailed entries will be ignored. Only one entry per household is allowed and any multiple entries will be discarded.
All correct entries will go into Grapevine’s giant ice bucket and the winner will be chosen at random. There is no cash alternative to any of the prizes. I will mark all the entries and no arguing will be allowed, although I welcome the customary nit-picking and point-scoring from regular readers which relieves the tedium of marking the entries.
Send to: Sarah Freeman, Yorkshire Post Magazine, No. 1 Leeds, 26 Whitehall Road, Leeds LS12 1BE to arrive no later than Friday. January 10.