Monday, August 10, 2009

The Wine Century Club

Finally! The certification I had been waiting for since I applied back in April and started my Wine Century Club venture back four years ago, arrived in the mail today!

The Wine Century Club was created in 2005 for all areas of the wine community, including wine educators, wine writers and just plain wine lovers. The majority of the 590 some members not only hail from the United States, but from all over the globe.

If you've tasted at least 100 different grape varieties, you're qualified to become a member. It's not as easy as one thinks either. I started keeping track of the grape varieties I tasted for the last four years. At first it seemed to go rather slow until I was a judge at a Northwest wine show and tasted varieties I hadn't tasted before, let alone could spell them such as Kerner, Ehrenfelser, Madeleine Angevine and Siegerrebe. Along the way I was able to taste the wines of Georgia and I'm not talking wines from Atlanta, either. Native wine grapes from the Republic of Georgia included more varieties I couldn't spell, but enjoyed tasting them such Saperavi, Rkatsiteli, Rachuli-Tetra and Alexandreuli. Before I knew it, I was on a quest to taste more unusual and obscure grapes and finally earlier in the year I had recounted my list and discovered I had tasted over a 100 grapes!

I can't think of a tastier way to receive a certificate!

4 comments:

Alleigh said...

Congratulations! Sounds like there were exciting and slightly unusual ones on the list.

Catie said...

Hi Alleigh!
Thanks and thanks for checking in. It was fun and there were months where I thought I would never finish, but definitely worth the wait and the taste!
C~

Mike Rech, Innkeeper said...

Where can I sign up to start my quest? The link goes to blogger home page.

Catie said...

Thanks Mike for checking in and I also corrected that link. But just in case: http://www.winecentury.com/

And start your quest! You'll have a lot of fun.