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Wine Century anyone?


#1

Anyone a member of The Wine Century Club? How many different grape varieties have you sniffed, slurped and downed? I recently crossed the 100 mark and would be interested in knowing if other Society members “qualified”.
Wine Century Club


#2

Possibly, no idea, but it would make it easier to find out if their application was available as a webpage with checkboxes rather than downloading an xls, too much faff!


#3

I did look at this a while back, tempted to print it off as a tick list - I remember a few years back I was given a book of 1001 wines to try with tick boxes etc, quite a few of the wines in the book were vastly out my price range lol.

Edit - quick note down on the initial list on there, I have tried 101 on the list so far.


#4

I can tick 101 of the wines listed definitely and tried quite a few others mainly Hungarian and Greek varieties.


#5

Yup.

But then I’ve been into wine a long time and for years have sought out odd and rare varieties.

Also spent time in USA and have drunk a lot of hybrids unknown over here. All bump up count.


#6

Snap lol 101 here as well - there are a fair few I have had but that aren’t on that list though.


#7

I’ve just tried this and initially can do 103, but there’s quite a few there where I’m fairly sure I’ve had them but would need to go through some old tasting notes/purchases! This is a very addictive game, I love it!


#8

Yes, I know what you mean. It took me a good 10 mins to download it, convert it to a pdf, then tick off the boxes.


#9

I found it addictive too, I downloaded it just before a Med cruise then Christmas in Hungary so sailed through the 100+ :+1::wine_glass:


#10

I think basically if you drink wines from Hungary, Greece, Italy and Portugal you can tick off a large number!


#11

It certainly made me ask more questions about what was in many of the wines we tasted in Malta, Sardinia, Naples, Malaga and Budapest!


#12

166 just from those provided… Please don’t make me go through the book Wine Grapes and it’s 1,368 varieties or however many there are there!


#13

Think there are about 130 known varieties in Portugal alone!


#14

Good grief that puts my 124 in the shade​:joy::+1:


#15

Whizzing through the list and off the top of my head, not sure. Think I’m short but I was erring on the side of caution. Thing is, if you’ve had a Douro field blend, you’re probably already halfway there, but there’s no way of knowing!

Anyone had anything that’s not on the list? If so, what?

The only one I could think of was caladoc (grenache x malbec I think), which I had in a Chateau Khoury (Lebanon).


#16

I added Fernentino, Treixadura, but they may have been included under different names


#17

Boy oh boy! This is addictive. Almost as much as thinking about all this lovely wine!
I hit 113, but as @Herbster and @M1tch point out, there may well be varieties in Portuguese wines I drank over the years which I don’t even know I had. Not sure a life time is long enough to try the rest of the existing varieties… but it’s worth a shot! :wink:


#18

On a quick count, I think I’m on 122 plus off the top of my head: Viosinho, Rabigato, Antao Vaz, Carignan Gris, Encruzado, Tibouren, Girgentina, Pais, Treixadura, Barbarossa… So many of them in blends though, that I’m not sure I could give a very good account of what they taste like individually!
A new counting obsession to add to my existing travel-based one…


#19

I guess that’s quite a good point! Tasting a grape as part of a blend is not the same as tasting it on its own as a varietal wine. I find it difficult to pick up individual grape characteristic sometimes, when drinking a blend… so maybe the question is a little inaccurate…:thinking:


#20

I apologise for my innacuracy of questioning, I should know better. But you raise a good point, many grapes I ticked were in blends, but I defy you to find me 100 single grape wines. It’s a bit of fun and provokes discussion which you have helped enormously. :+1: