Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Wine Century Club

I first saw the Wine Century Club mentioned over at Swirl, Sip, Snark, noticed it at Dr. Vino’s, then Wine Peeps, and finally decided to look into it.

Founded in 2005 by Deborah and Steve De Long , The Wine Century Club is for all adventurous wine lovers. If you've tasted at least 100 different grape varieties, you're qualified to become a member. If you haven't tried 100 different grape varieties, but are interested in the concept, you're welcome to all of the events. By working on this project, one is promoting the awareness of uncommon wine grape varieties.


The common grape varieties are typically considered the "big six": Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling. Does that mean Chenin Blanc, Sangiovese and Syrah are considered exotic? No, but you get the idea.

Members of the Club are People who enjoy wine, are wine adventurers, as well as consumers and promoters of uncommon wine grape varieties. They are not Wine Snobs, or advocates of single varietal wines (although many like single varietal wines, they are not favored over wines blended from several different grape varieties - there are simply too many great blends!), or anti-Chardonnay, nor anti-Merlot (Pass the Petrus, please!). Sounds like a good group of folks.

Yesterday Laima and I drank a Montepulciano-based wine from Italy, making it the 33rd varietal grape I’ve tasted since I started the list (keep track on the Wine Century Club Page tab above). Only a month and a half and I’m a 1/3rd of the way there! It has been so much fun searching out different grapes and made us purchase wines we never would have considered before. I recommend this project to everyone.


What’s the most unusual grape variety you’ve tried?

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  1. Thirty three is pretty good, I'd say. I am not quite as adventurous but probably should be.

  2. GREAT question...& one that I may have to think about some more. Off the top of my head, though, Touriga Nacional, Tannat, Arneis...but hey, this is an unofficial hobby of mine. Maybe I should look into this Century Club thing some more.