Last Bite: Test your horticulture and viticulture savvy
1 What is the leading grape variety by acreage grown in Washington State?
d. Cabernet Sauvignon
2 What apple variety is headed to overtake Red Delicious by 2018?
d. Granny Smith
3 How many American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) are there in Washington?
4 Which training system is not used in apple orchards?
a. Slender spindle
c. Vertical axis
d. Kearney V
5 A wine and culinary center, under construction in Prosser, Washington, is named to honor
the late Washington State University research horticulturist Dr. Walter Clore. What is Clore
best known as?
a. Grape breeder
b. Rose breeder
c. Father of Washington’s wine industry
d. Strawberry researcher
6 The Malling 9 family of rootstocks includes
some of the most efficient rootstocks in most growing regions of the world, but it has a major weakness:
a. Too vigorous
b. Root suckering
c. Small fruit size
d. Fireblight susceptibility
ANSWERS TO QUIZ
Q1: d. Washington is known for its superb Riesling wines, but the leading variety in acreage is Cabernet Sauvignon. An estimated 10,300 acres were planted in 2011, according to the most recent U.S. Department of Agriculture survey. Riesling was the third most popular variety by then, with 6,320 acres. (“Grape acreage continues to grow,” October, 2011)
Q2: c. Gala. (Dr. Desmond O’Rourke made the prediction by extrapolating from a 2011 acreage survey report, “Honeycrisp is set to soar,” FEBRUARY 1, 2012)
Q3: a. (“Ancient Lakes is the newest Washington State AVA,” December, 2012)
Q4: d. Kearney V system is a two-leader, perpendicular V system developed at the University of California’s Kearney Agricultural Center for peaches and nectarines. (“Shorter trees reduce labor costs,” February 1, 2004)
Q5: c. Father of Washington’s wine industry (“Broader scope for wine center,” September, 2009)
Q6:. d. Its biggest drawback is susceptibility to fireblight, which has prompted the breeding of size-controlling rootstocks that offer resistance to pests and diseases by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Geneva, New York. (“Planting for the future: Rootstocks,” FEBRUARY 1, 2010)
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