Monday, August 25, 2008

The Drive for One Hundred: The Wine Century Club

Source: The Wine Century Club

I first heard of "The Wine Century Club" over on Dr. Debs' "Good Wine Under $20". For those of you who have not heard of this Club, they are dedicated to "...promoting the awareness of uncommon wine grape varieties." Being a rather adventurous sort I was certain that my blog would easily document 100 different grape varieties. Alas, digging into the archives I can only document ~75-80 different varietals tasted on this site. With this discovery I begin the drive for 100...

The 2007 Il Giangio Gambellara Classico is made from the Garganenga grape in the obscure Italian appellation of Gambellara. Green nuts and fresh cut grass, mangoes and lemons, some chalkiness on the nose as well. Joyful and flavourful on the palate, pineapple-y, crisp and focused, a terrific summertime white - simple, but no rough edges and a great price.
cork. 12.5% alcohol
Score: 16/20
Price: C$15.45 (SAQ)

For those of you who think this is an easy task, I recommend that you head over to "The Wine Century Club" website and review the membership application form. This is not as easy as you might think, as many of those "different" varietals you thought you have tasted are actually the same grape, different name, and compounding this quest is the lack of information regarding the varietal contents of wines from certain regions (Portugal a notable offender).

Feel free to join me on this journey - cheers!


Wine Enabler said...

How funny -- Neil just wrote a very similar post over on our blog.


Joe said...

Hi Michael (Neil) - too funny - even the easy number was identical. Good luck on finishing the 100 - I am moving quickly...Cheers!

Edward said...

I've given up and plan on becoming a slightly younger version of Barry - drinking only pinot noir and riesling!

Joe said...

Slightly? :) You could never do that - to much of an inquisitive mind. I put this 100 thing off for a few months, now just going to finish...You will join me soon, I predict Q2/09. Besides, just think of that nice certificate on the wall of your office, next to your medical degree (I know which one you will be most proud of...)

GollyGumDrops said...

What a cool plan. Thanks for the tip, I'll take a look over there.

Joe said...

Golly: good luck with your trip through Austria/Hungary - I am particularly keen to hear about your Hungarian finds (and you can check the box for Harsevelu and Furmint).