As is now traditional at this festive time, we are pleased to present the annual Farr Vintners Christmas Quiz. There are some questions that shouldn’t be too difficult, but a few are extra tricky – which should challenge those customers who seem to manage to get close to full marks every year.

The Quiz will run until Tuesday 2nd of January when the answers will be revealed and the winner announced. He/she will receive a case of fine wine with our compliments and, more importantly, the glory of being this year's Farr Vintners Quiz Champion.

As usual, it is possible to save your answers by clicking "Save Answers" at the bottom of the quiz, and then edit them at any time until the deadline. Please remember that you need to be logged in to enter. Good luck!


1 In 2017 who announced that he was leaving the Wine Advocate to join a former colleague?
 
2 In 2017 which French company bought a 40% stake in The Wine Advocate?
 
3 In 2017 which popular singer announced plans to release a wine called "Grigio Girls"
 
4 In 2017 who narrated a programme on BBC Radio 4 about a controversial vintage of a First Growth Saint Emilion?
 
5 In 2017 who celebrated his 90th birthday with Lafite 1959 and 1870?
 
6 In 2017 which former England footballer cycled the tours of Italy, France and Spain to raise money for Cure Leukaemia – sponsored by Farr Vintners?
 
7 In 2017 Which Farr Vintners director rode 4 stages of the Tour de France?
 
8 In 2017 who, from Farr Vintners, passed both parts of the Master of Wine exam at the first attempt?
 
9 In 2017 which London restaurant was opened by the former sommelier of Chez Bruce and The River Café?
 
10 In 2017 at which Chateau in Bordeaux did Ben Browett work during the harvest?
 
11 Which Pessac-Leognan Chateau announced that it would produce no wine in 2017?
 
12 Which Bordeaux vineyard owner recently added a Beech tree to his Yew and Pine?
 
13 Kumeu River Winery have recently launched a sparkling wine. What is it called and what closure method is used?
 
14 Which Central Otago vineyard owner appeared in "Peaky Blinders"?
 
15 Which former Police man owns a vineyard in Tuscany?
 
16 What links Mouton Rothschild 2015, 1989 and 1980?
 
17 Who is travelling from Cos d’Estournel to Lafite via Cloudy Bay?
 
18 Octavian Vaults has the same floor space as how many football pitches?
 
19 Which former World number One golfer owns a vineyard in Stellenbosch?
 
20 Alfonso Chadwick of Errazuriz once captained Chile at which sport?
 
21 Which French first division football team now has an ownership connection with Clos de Tart?
 
22 Which English Premier League football team now has an ownership connection with Domaine Bonneau du Martray?
 
23 Which former French footballer with 52 international caps owns a vineyard in Cassis?
 
24 Which Bordeaux producer used to own a Magdelaine and has recently bought a Madeleine?
 
25 Name 4 Saint Emilion Chateaux bought by the Wertheimer brothers of Chanel.
 
26 Which of the above Chateaux used to make a special cuvée with the same name as a Rhône appellation?
 
27 The 2017 release of Vega Sicilia’s Reserva Especial is a blend of which 3 vintages?
 
28 Which Burgundy Domaine was originally created from the vineyard of the former Domaine Marcel Graillet?
 
29 Which Burgundy Domaine was originally created from the vineyards of Charles Noellat and Philippe Remy?
 
30 Which Burgundy Domaine’s vineyard did DRC purchase in 1988 having managed it for many years previously?
 
31 In Burgundy, who married Marcelle Rouget in 1942?
 
32 And whose daughter, Colette, married Jean Boillot?
 
33 In 2014 Domaine Guffens made a wine called CCP – a blend of grapes from which two vineyards?
 
34 Which famous Rhône producer’s main vineyard holdings were inherited from his father-in-law Albert and his uncle Marius?
 
35 Which famous Condrieu’s first vintage was 1994?
 
36 Chateau Saint Colombe in the Côtes de Castillon ceased production in 2008. The wine now appears under which label?
 
37 Which Pomerol Chateau, that shares its name with a New Zealand winery, made its last vintage in 2012?
 
38 Chateau Cheval Blanc now make a white wine from vines they planted following their purchase of which neighbouring vineyard?
 
39 Louis Mitjavile of Le Tertre Roteboeuf is now making wine at Chateau Alverne in St Emilion. Where else in France is he working with the same proprietor?
 
40 What was the first vintage to be produced of Côte Rôtie La Mouline?
 
41 What was the first vintage to be produced of "Y" Ygrec d’Yquem?
 
42 What was the first vintage to be produced of Dom Perignon Rosé?
 
43 The first vintage of Penfold’s Grange was 1951. But under what name was it labelled?
 
44 Robert Parker said this about which wine “The most memorable Gewurztraminer I have ever tasted. It has a presence in the glass that only a few Grand Cru Burgundies possess. 100 points”
 
45 Which famous writer said this about Robert Parker - "The bugger’s always right"
 
46 Which wine is Michael Broadbent describing? "Not a thruster, not a show-off, a wine of exquisite charm and finesse"
 
47 “Astonishingly youthful, it could almost pass as a barrel sample” Which wine from the 1940’s was James Suckling describing in 1989?
 
48 In which famous 1970’s film does the main character taste a 1960 Saint Estephe in a memorable scene
 
49 Cary Grant smashed what vintage of Pommard in a Hitchcock film?
 
50 Which Pinot Noir did Elizabeth Moss drink on screen in a 2013 TV series?