I have decided that my last official summer break between University degrees will best be spent attempting to gain entry to the Wine Century Club. This page will chart my progress to meet their entry condition of having tried 100 different grape varietals.
For those of you who wish to see how many different varieties of grapes there is out there, this blog contains a link to a spreadsheet which lists most if not all currently know grape varietals. And here is a list of grape varietals that fellow wine blogger talkvino has accumulated over the years for his membership qualification.
Update: While summer break is well has truly passed and I am into the final year of my studies I have along with some wine and food bloggers and lover in Perth, Australia begun meeting on a somewhat regular basis to sit down and try new varietals to complete our requirements of the Wine Century Challenge. There is also talks of in the future our wine nights evolving to pay homage to a single varietal once we reach and/or near the century requirements. To read the thoughts of the bloggers in our group on the wines we have tried so far check out Perth Wine Enthusiast, Travelling Corkscrew and Perth Food Journal.
To read indepth reviews from our meetings you can check out my following blog posts:
Progress Thus Far:
[Starting Count] 18/11/2012 – Total: 20 varietals.
Whites: Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Gewürtztraminer, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, and Verdelho.
Reds: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Dolcetto, Grenache, Malbec, Merlot, Mourvèdre, Petit Verdot, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, Shiraz, and Zinfandel.
25/11/2012 – Total: 23 Varietals.
Whites: Vermentino, Verdecchio and Albariño.
15/11/12 – Total 25 Varietals.
Whites: Müller-Thurgau and Savagnin.
27/1/2013 – Total 28 Varietals
Reds: Gamay and Nebbiolo
Whites: Muscat of Alexandria
4/3/2013 – Total 35 Varieties
Reds: Nero d’Avola, Pinotage, Saperavi, Tannat.
Whites: Xarel.lo, Arneis, Romorantin.
29/3/2013 – Total 44 Varieties
Reds: St Laurent, Montepulciano, Bobal, Alicante Bouschet, Castelão and Touriga Nacional
Whites: Pedro Ximénez, Catarratto and Carricante.
2/5/2013 – Total 46 Varieties
Whites: Roditis and Savatiano
23/06/2013 – Total 56 Varieties
Whites: Muscat de Frontignac, Gruner Veltliner, Rufete Blanco, and Roussanne.
Reds: Rufete, Lagrein, Marzemino, Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso, Aglianico and Sagrantino.
2/10/2013 – Total 65 Varieties
Whites: Grechetto, Kerner, Garganega, Pecorino and Greco.
Reds: Nerello Mascalese, Negroamaro, Agiorgitiko, and Xinomavro.
7/10/2013 – Total 75 Varieties
Whites: Verdejo, Tempranillo Blanco, Garnacha Blanc, and Torrontes.
Reds: Mencia, Carmenere, Bonarda, Maturana Tina, Malbec, and Graciano.
Feel free to let me know if you would like to join me and other wine-lovers in Perth as we attempt to crack this challenge!