Pencils at the ready! To coincide with the launch of each of our Generation Series wines, we’re putting together a quarterly quiz focusing on the 50-year periods that make up these wines, and our history.

As well as The Wine Society, the questions cover wine in general alongside wider general knowledge, history, politics and sport. We hope you have fun testing your knowledge in this first instalment – keep an eye on your inbox for the next Discovery email, when we’ll reveal the answers!

Questions for 1874–1924

1. In what year was The Wine Society founded?

2. The Wine Society was founded on the back of the fourth and last of the Victorian International Exhibitions. Where was it held?

3.  Three people founded The Wine Society. One was ophthalmic surgeon R. Brudenell Carter, another was customs officer George Scrivenor. The third was a Commissioner of the Great Exhibition and the joint architect of the building where The Society was founded. Who was he?

4. From which wine region and country did the first wine ever sold by The Society come?

5. How many years were there between the patenting of the telephone and the installation of the first phone at The Society?

6. Which famous London theatre was built on top of The Society’s cellars in 1910?

7. Who was elected Prime Minister of the UK in the 1874 general election?

8. Which football team won the FA Cup six times (more than any other team) between 1874 and 1924?

9. What caused total wine production in France to fall from 84.5 million hectolitres in 1875 to only 23.4 million hectolitres in 1889?

10. Until 1923 the minimum legal age for buying alcohol in the UK was 14. Which parliamentarian introduced the bill that became law that year, to raise the minimum age to 18?

11. In 1874, the blend of which wine was officially set out to be 70% sangiovese, 15% canaiolo, 10% trebbiano and malvasia and the remaining 5% complementary vines, including mammolo and colorino?

12. In 1920, why did official wine sales reduce to near zero (and stay there for 13 years) in the United States?

13. In 1888, which French scientist isolated a pure culture from a single yeast cell for the first time?

14. Which 19th century political theorist, who died in London in 1883, said: ‘Be careful about trusting someone who doesn't like wine’?

15. The longest relationship The Society has with any wine producer is with Gratien et Meyer in Saumur. When did we start buying sparkling wine from them (the year before we started buying The Society’s Champagne Brut from their Champagne house, Alfred Gratien)?

16. Which country’s wines did The Society cease to sell in 1917, only restarting in 1921, just in time for the ‘vintage of the century’?

17. How many Wine Society shares were issued between 1874 and 1924, to the nearest 500?

18. In 1887 a fictional detective first appeared in print. The author was a member of The Wine Society. Who was he?

19. Which former member of The Wine Society, born in 1881, said: 'Penicillin cures, but wine makes people happy'?

20. Which London railway station opened in 1874?

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