Monday was the Annual Dinner of the Wine Century Club . Led by Steve De Long, a Yankee currently residing in London, its a club for people adventurous enough to have tried 100 grape varieties. Its no mean feat when you get down to it, and requires some diligent note taking and exotic wines.
I'm member 200 and something, and only 3.5% of the downloaded applications ever make the cut.
I met some great people that night, including the wine blogger Kathy Lisson. I powered my way through a good few wines and rated all those I could on Snooth. Sadly, the 1896 port I tried is not in our database (yet?).
Everyone did a great job of bringing some less well known wines and I remember trying: Gruner Veltliner , Muscateller , Rkatsiteli as well as Hondarribi Zuri amongst others.
Give their test a try and see how many varietals you are at - its quite an eye opening experience seeing how few varietals dominate most of the wine we drink.
Wine Century annual dinner
- Blog comment by Kathleen Lisson, Apr 16, 2008.
It was great to meet you too!
- Reply by Mark Angelillo, Apr 16, 2008.
Can't wait to rise up to the ranks of drinkers of diverse wine such as yourselves. Still, last I checked neither of us has had the pleasure of trying Scuppernong. Maybe I'll be first to that one, ha.
- Blog comment by Rodolphe, Apr 17, 2008.
I didn't think the 1896 port of the pre-1945 sherry are from companies that are still around.
I'd like to point out that Zierfandler (which Snooth's DB incorectly lists as a synonym for Sylvaner), Ribolla, Pelaverga, Ruche, Mtsvane, and Poulsard/Plousard were also on tap. Hopefully one of the eager notetakers can fill us in on the complete list.
Mark - maybe its time for a Scuppernong party?
- Reply by Philip James, May 13, 2008.
Zierfandler was fixed a while back - sorry, i forgot to mention it here