Can you drink 100 wines?
Check out The Wine Century Club
Hello Everyone,
Have you ever found yourself a little tired of drinking the same old wines? If so, then this week we have something for you—The Wine Century Club. The world of wine offers a lot more variety than many of us know.
Try a new wine this week!

The Wine Century Club
From Aglianico to Sagrantino, from Arneis to Molinara, the wonderful world of wine is filled with grape varieties that many of us have never heard about—yet.  In their native regions, though, they are very well known.
Just because we don’t know about it, doesn’t mean it isn’t good; it only means that we have more to discover, and thank goodness.
The vast variety available out there makes wine more interesting, and more humbling. None of us will ever know it all. We’re all just on that wine path, winding our way through different countries, grapes and styles.
At a wine tasting several weeks ago, I heard people discussing The Wine Century Club, something that I’d never heard of. So, I got online and checked it out. As a wine lover, I liked what I saw.
The Wine Century Club (www.delongwine.com/century) is dedicated to promoting awareness of uncommon grape varieties. They have a checklist of some of the world’s least known wine grapes, along with a challenge to experience 100 different grape varieties.
The Wine Century Club also offers a series of wine information packets, including wine maps and tasting guides. You can download an application to join the self-chosen few who are curious enough to devote the time and effort it takes to find and taste a 100 different wines from a 100 different grapes. In my view, that’s time well spent.
If you’d like to get started, here’s a locally available wine from a grape you might not have tried before. It’s a German wine distributed by my friend Lee Edwards. The producer is Gysler and the grape variety is Scheurebe (SHOY REY buh). The label says halbtrocken, which translates literally to “half dry,” though the residual sugar levels allowed in that designation is quite low—it’s not a sweet wine. It’s from the Rheinhessen region.
I first tried a German Scheurebe in 1982 when I attended the German Wine Academy on the Rhine River. This wine brings back fond memories of my first wine trip and also my first airplane ride!
Gysler Scheurebe Halbtrocken retails for around $20 for a one liter bottle.

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