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New Year's (Wine) Resolution

Posted by WineGeekJen, Jan 6, 2010.

My New Year's Wine Resolution is to qualify for the Wine Century Club--I am 40 or so varietals into it so the question is can I do it? Its going to be a big challenge because I've already done all of the easy ones also I have to find and average of more than one new wine a week to try. Does anyone have any suggestions for "must try" wines or any idea where I can get my hands on some interesting new ones. Suggestions are appreciated! Anyone else have any interesting wine related New Year's resolutions?

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Reply by gregt, Jan 6, 2010.

What is the Wine Century Club. If you're 40, does that mean you have to live 60 more years?

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Reply by dmcker, Jan 6, 2010.

Assume that's 100 different varietals that you've tasted in order to qualify for membership. Likely you qualify, Greg, and aren't GregDP and Philip members? Or so I've gleaned from past threads... ;-)

Jen, I'd suggest focusing on specific countries like Greece or Hungary or... to catch up. I wonder if some people have cheated by using different names from country (or even region within a country) to country for the same varietal....

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Reply by WineGeekJen, Jan 6, 2010.

If that's the case...the wine can only help! Its a club that you can join if you drink 100 different varietals of wine http://www.winecentury.com/index.html It might be a little serious for me, but its one of those things I want to do just to say I did it ! It looks like wine made with "back yard" grapes is not on the list, though and that would make 41 --I think that should count for something, don't you?

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Reply by gregt, Jan 6, 2010.

Duh!

I thought Jen was saying that she was 40 and wanted to make a century club and I'm thinking that the century wasn't even all that long ago. . .

And yes, if my own vote counts, "back yard grapes" is most assuredly an acceptable variety!!

OK, so what I'm drinking tonight (if you couldn't tell) is vijiriega. I actually had 2 with Greg DP last night but this is an older vintage. Slightly nutty nose and also following though on the palate and lingering on the finish. Interesting, almost a walnut kind of bitterness but very faint. Lemony citrus flavors but not an exceptional wine, probably because it's 2 years old and is a bit past prime drinking time. Nonetheless, it's as good as many other wines I've had on current release. This should have been killed a while ago, but even today it's a decent bottle for the price, which would be about $10.

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Reply by kylewolf, Jan 6, 2010.

I am sure this is one already on your list of the conquered but perhaps blaufrankisch, a dark-skinned but surprisingly refreshing Hungarian wine

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Reply by Drunk as a Skunk, Jan 7, 2010.

Do wine tastings count??? If they do I have a good start.

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Reply by chadrich, Jan 7, 2010.

I joined last year. If you participate in a reasonable amount of diverse tastings, it's not really all that difficult to qualify (and I see no reason to not count tastings). To dmcker's suggestion above, look to unusual countires and also (especially) look for blends. You can knock 4 or 5 grapes off the list if you can find an esoteric blend.

There's a list of grapes provided as part of the application, as well as the opportunity to write-in your own if something's missing (which some are). I do think it's not sporting to count the same grape twice based on it flying under a different name in a different country, but that's just my opinion.

I recently was reading a dialogue about tasting wines from all US states, now that every state produces at least some sort of wine. Maybe there's already such a group, but I'm thinking there should be a century club equivalent related to "capturing" all the states. I can only come up with 15 thus far, so I have my work cut out for me there. May start a separate thread on this topic....

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Reply by dmcker, Jan 7, 2010.

Check out all the synonyms just for the gouais blanc grape:

"Absenger, Bauernweinbeer, Bauernweinbeere Weiss, Bauernweintraube, Belina, Belina Debela, Belina Drobna, Best's N°4, Blanc De Serres, Boarde, Bogatyur, Bon Blanc, Bordenauer, Borzenauer, Bouillan, Bouillaud, Bouilleaud, Bouillen, Bouillenc, Bourgeois, Bourguignon, Branestraube, Branne, Burgegger Weiss, Burger, Cagnas, Cagnou, Champagner Langstielig, Colle, Coulis, Dickweisser, Dickwiss, Enfarine Blanc, Esslinger, Figuier, Foirard Blanc, Foirard Blanc, Frankenthaler, Gau, Gauche Blanc, Geuche Blanc, Goe, Goet, Gohet, Goi, Goin, Goix, Got, Gouai, Gouais Blanc, Gouais Jaune, Gouais Long, Gouais Rond, Gouas, Gouaulx, Gouay, Gouche, Gouche, Gouche Blanche, Goue, Gouest, Gouest Sauge, Gouet Blanc, Gouette, Gouge, Gouget Blanc, Gouillaud, Gouis De Mardeuil, Gousse, Grauhuensch, Grobe, Grobes, Grobheunisch, Grobweine, Grobweisse, Gros Blanc, Grünling, Guay Jaune, Gueche Blanc, Guest Salviatum, Gueuche Blanc, Guillan, Guinlan, Guy, Guy Blanc, Gwaess, Harthuensch, Hartuensch, Heinisch, Heinish, Heinsch, Heinschen Weiss, Hennische Weiss, Hensch, Heunisch Blanc, Heunisch Weisser, Heunischtraube, Heunish Weiss, Heunsch, Heunscher, Heunschler, Heunschlir, Hinschen, Hinschene, Hintsch, Huensch, Huenschene, Huentsch, Hunnentraube, Hunsch, Hunschrebe, Huntsch, Hyntsch, Issal, Issol, Kleinbeer, Kleinberger, Laxiertraube, Lombard Blanc, Luxiertraube, Mehlweisse, Mehlweisse Gruen, Mendic, Moreau Blanc, Mouillet, Nargouet, Pendrillart Blanc, Petit Gouge, Pichons, Plant De Sechex, Plant Madame, Plant Seche, President, Regalaboue, Riesling Grob, Rous Hette, Roussaou Blanc, Rudeca Belina, Saboule Boey, Sadoule Boey, Sadoulo Bouyer, Seestock Grob, Stajerska Belina, Tejer Szozeloe, Thalburger, Trompe Bouvier, Trompe Valet, Verdet, Verdin Blanc, Vionnier, Weisse Traube, Weisser Heunisch, Weissgrobe, Weissheinsch, Weissstock, Weisstock, Wippacher, Zoeld Hajnos"
(From Maul, Erika; Töpfer, Reinhard; Eibach, Rudolf (2007). "Vitis International Variety Catalogue". Institute for Grapevine Breeding Geilweilerhof (IRZ), Siebeldingen, Germany)

Wonder how they got 'dickweisser'? ;-) Also wonder if the Wine Century Club folk use this tome to vet applications...

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Reply by amour, Jan 9, 2010.

MUST TRY THE WINES OF LEBANON....ESPECIALLY CHATEAU MUSAR.

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Reply by napagirl68, Jan 10, 2010.

mouvedre, tempranillo, alacante bouche, carignane, orange muscat, Viognier, cabernet franc, semillion, petit verdot, malbec, sangiovese, cinsault, grenache, marsanne, roussanne, trebbiano, petit syrah.

These are mostly Rhones or italian wines..... a few others. I have had them all. If you want names, let me know.

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Reply by napagirl68, Jan 10, 2010.

Forgot another obscure one I had... Amarone della Valpolicella, an Italian wine made from DRIED grapes. I actually found a decent one I liked at World Market, but I don't remember the name.

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Reply by fibo86, Jan 10, 2010.

Is it single varieties or do blends count, as Carignane and Valpolicella are blends, fabulous blends but blends none the less?

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Reply by fibo86, Jan 10, 2010.

Scratch that it is there.

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Reply by napagirl68, Jan 11, 2010.

@fibo86- Thomas Coyne Winery in Livermore, CA maded a single grape Carignane (not just a blend); and I have found several single grape Valpolicellas over the years. Livermore Valley makes a lot of "odd" single grape wines that are usually used as blending grapes. Livermore Valley Cellars made two interesting wines called "Yin" and "Yang" which were single grape alacante bouche (sp).

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Reply by chadrich, Jan 11, 2010.

For the Wine Century Club, grapes tasted as part of blends do count toward achieving your 100 grape requirement. While some wild producer will always do a single varietal bottling of one obscure grape or another, I think it would be vastly tougher to hit 100 if you couldn't count the components of blends.

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Reply by amour, Jan 11, 2010.

NEW YEAR RESOLUTION #1. Learn to write the best reviews....IF ONE CAN LEARN THAT !!

And of course we must all be determined to write more reviews.

Which obviously means ....more tasting seriously.

CHEERS....a glass of mulled wine in my hand...warm mulled wine.

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Jan 12, 2010.

Where is Amour?

No DRC but mulled wine?

Skiing?

I am headed to the double century club!

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Reply by fibo86, Jan 12, 2010.

@napagirl didn't know you guys had that.

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Reply by amour, Jan 12, 2010.

DRINKING THE LAST OF DIDIER'S SILEX !

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Reply by WineGeekJen, Jan 13, 2010.

Thanks so much for all of the recommendations! Lucky for me I live in an area where there are a lot of odd hybrids...but I've pretty much picked all of those off. I think I have around 45 in now. I don't think regional names for the same grape should count either! But I'm all about the tastings.


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