6th Anniversary Global Wine Regions List

May 26, 2011

Please post the regions you tasted today (and any more information about the wines) in the comments below. Do you think it’s possible to beat 314 (which was last year’s grape total)?

Let’s give it our best shot!

running total:


Whew! We broke one hundred!

Snake River Valley AVA
Red Mountain AVA
Walla Walla AVA
Columbia Valley AVA
Idaho (non-AVA) – all the above from Ted Judd
Mantinia, Peloponnese, Greece – Mark and Diane Freeland
Luxembourgeoise Appellation, Luxembourg – Mark and Diane Freeland
Tennessee – Terry Sullivan
Beijing – Joe L
Franciacorta – Meri Kukkavaara
Pessac-Léognan – Gary Newborough
Porongurup, Great Southern, Australia – Darby Higgs
Gaillac – Alex Bardsley
Napa Valley – Wm Patrick Cranley
Virginia – Terry Sullivan
Central Coast AVA – Wence
Chile AVA – Michael DeMucci
Okanagan Valley, BC Canada – Bruce Johnson
Somló, Hungary – James Webb
El Terrerazo, VdT, Spain – Paul Mims
Vipava Valley, Slovenia – B&B Berry
Texas Hill Country AVA – Hunter Hammett
Texas High Plains AVA – Hunter Hammett
Northern Virginia Region – John Clark
Sicily IGT – Marc Braes
Saint Mont, VDQS – Marc Braes
Alentejo, Portugal – Jo Diaz
Nova Scotia – Peter J. Rockwell
Uruguay – Randy Cepuch
Wachau/Kremstal, Austria – MaJ
Limoux, France – Anna S
Duoro, Portugal – Bob Gregg
West Virginia – Terry Sullivan
Rocky Knob AVA, Virgina – Dave highfield
Castelli di Jesi – Peter Conway
Soave DOC Italy- Steve & Deborah De Long
Touraine AOC France – Steve & Deborah De Long
Bonnezeaux AOC France – Steve & Deborah De Long
Etna DOC Italy- Steve & Deborah De Long
Wuerttemberg Germany – Susanne Kuehne
Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT Italy – Christine Skandis
Ozark Highland AVA – Aaron Mandel
Tassel Ridge, Iowa – Aaron Mandel
Erbaluce di Caluso – Christine Skandis
Stellenbosch – Peter Conway
South Eastern Australia – Peter Conway
Mendoza, Argentina – Sheila Fruman
Jurançon, France – Sheila Fruman
Burgenland, Austria – Tim Faust
Yakima Valley AVA, WA – Chris Cary
Columbia Gorge AVA, WA – Chris Cary
Similkameen Valley, BC, Canada – Chris Cary
Snipes Mountain AVA, WA – Chris Cary
Newton, Iowa – Phil Watkins
Finesville New Jersey – Phil Ward
Getariako Txakolina DO Spain – Phil Ward
Cochise County, Arizona – Chris Herbert
Cucamonga Valley AVA, California – Chris Herbert
Yadkin Valley AVA, North Carolina, USA – Sue Harmon
Penedes DO Spain – Jackie & Bob Rogers
Cirò DOC Italy – Sassodoro
San Luis Obispo County, California – Susan Blomeley
Alto Adige, DO Italy – Peter Conway
Ile d’Orleans, Quebec, Canada – Kenneth Harris
Long Island, New York – Kenneth Harris
Wisconsin – Wm. Darrell Lee
Kansas – Jim and Patricia Breed
Prosecco – Wm. Darrell Lee
Aglianico del Vulture DOC – Rutha A
Natchez, Mississippi – Great Black Swamp Chapter
Hermann, Missouri – Great Black Swamp Chapter
Paros (Island), Greece – Great Black Swamp Chapter
Vin de Savoie Chignin, France – Great Black Swamp Chapter
Kunság, Hungary – Great Black Swamp Chapter
Savuto DOC – Mark Scholar
Albemarle County, Virginia – PDKramer
Sicilia IGT – PDKramer
British Columbia VQA – PDKramer
Sicilia IGT – PDKramer
Commandaria Cyprus – PDKramer
Rivesaltes Ambré – Stanislav Rudý
Rivesaltes Tuilé – Stanislav Rudý
Beira Interior, Portugal –Paula Sindberg
Knights Valley AVA, California –Patrick Cranley
Russian River Valley AVA, California –Patrick Cranley
Knights Valley AVA, California –Patrick Cranley
Dry Creek Valley AVA, California –Patrick Cranley
Alexander Valley AVA, California –Patrick Cranley
Ica valley, Peru –Robert Austin
Tokaji, Hungary –Jeffrey Elliott
Montstant DO, Spain –Jeffrey Elliott
Red Mountain AVA, Washington –Jeffrey Elliott
Montstant DO, Spain –Jeffrey Elliott
Chassagne-Montrachet AOC, France –Jeffrey Elliott
Cava DO, Spain –Jeffrey Elliott
Middleburg, VA –Kate-Darcy
West Connecticut Highlands AVA –Jon Haight
Navarra DO, Spain –Jon Haight
Willamette Valley AVA, Oregon –Jon Haight
North Fork of the Roanoke AVA –Greg Teese
Valle de Rapel, Chile –The WineCRU
Paso Robles AVA, California –The WineCRU
Monterey AVA, California –The WineCRU
Rioni Gorge, Republic of Georgia –Henry Weingarten
Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru Charmes –John Hornbeck
Chablis Premier Cru Cote de Lechet –John Hornbeck
Vinho Verde Region, Portugal –Cliff and Marla Treat
Livermore Valley AVA –Cliff and Marla Treat
Getariako Txakolina –Central Virginia Chapter
Fiefs Vendeens VDQS France –Central Virginia Chapter
Puglia IGT Italy –Central Virginia Chapter
California –Central Virginia Chapter
Washington –Marlene Rossman
Golfo del Tigullio –Jeff Grossman
Barbera d’Asti –Jeff Grossman
Slovenia –Jeff Grossman
Colli Trevigiani –Jeff Grossman
Valle d’Aosta –Jeff Grossman
Etna –Jeff Grossman
Faro –Jeff Grossman
Alto Adige –Jeff Grossman
Umbria –Jeff Grossman
Valtellina Superiore Sassella Riserva –Jeff Grossman
Mosel-Saar-Ruwer –Jeff Grossman
Taurasi –Jeff Grossman
Chambave –Jeff Grossman
Sardinia –Jeff Grossman
Veneto –Jeff Grossman
Mornag, Tunisia –Steven Moore
Pennsylvania –Mike Czerpak
Saint Bris AOC, Burgundy/France –Wendy

What do you think?


  1. Tennessee, Apple Barn Winery: Muscadine This Muscadine wine was a blend of the varietals Carlos and Magnolia. The wine was a yellow color. The floral aroma and taste had a crisp sweet finish. For those who live in the South-Eastern United States, this wine will evoke memories such as Grandmother’s house. For those living elsewhere, the Muscadine grapes are an acquired taste. Apple Barn’s Muscadine is perfect for sipping on hot days.

  2. Franciacorta Ca’ del Bosco Cuvée Prestige – from Fraciacorta, Lombardia, Italia

  3. We celebrated in the early hours at the end of a vertical tasting with a 1991 Chateaux Haut Lagrange from Pessac Leognan – 50% Sauvignon 50% Semillion a fresh elegant dessert wine (only 140 bottles ever produced)

  4. it will be a day of tasting through the wines of Les Caves Monmouseau from the Loire Valley. Isabele Moreau will be visiting us here in Pittsburgh, PA and doing a class for us. Happy Sipping.

  5. Virginia (State AVA) Molon Lave Vidal Blanc: Vidal Blanc 2007 was a light yellow that offered an aroma of yellow stone fruit. Apricot notes were on the taste. The finish was smooth and crisp with stone fruit nuances.

  6. Conway Family Wines: 2008 Deep Sea Red: Central Coast AVA. Lagrein is part of this blend. Which gave the wine a nice slight minerally edge and some extra tannins so the wine didn’t have to be soaked in oak for a long time. It also gives you some plummy fruit flavors in the middle that taps you to say, “Hello” there’s still more to come.

  7. We’ll be tasting a Pedro Ximenez, an ethereal white varietal from a small Chilean producer.

  8. Visited Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada and had a bottle of Sovereign Opal, a grape hybrid developed for the Calona Vineyards. They said they are the only winery growing this grape. Wine was light, somewhat fruity, and colorless. First time I had a wine without color. Very nice!

  9. Drinking Hungary: Kreinbacher Somloi 2007
    75% Furmint, 25% Harslevelu, 5% Jufark. Yum!

  10. Bodega Mustiguillo Bobal Viño de la Tierra el Terrerazo Mestizaje 2007 —
    blend of Bobal, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Garnacha, Merlot, and Syrah from Viño de la Tierra el Terrerazo DO in Utiel-Requena, Valencia, Spain

  11. A 2009 Klarnica from Soncni Skol in Vipava Valley, Slovenia. Deep gold, wonderful honeysuckle & honey nose, long floral finish. It’s a lovely way to recover from jet lag.

  12. Enjoying a Taste of Texas:
    Texas High Plains – Llano, Viviano (Cabernet Sauvignon & Sangiovese).
    Comanche – Brennan, Viognier
    Texas Hill Country – Fall Creek, Meritus (Cabernet Sauvignon Blend)

  13. Actually in about 15 minutes I will be opening, then enjoying on my sunny deck, a bottle of Linden Vineyard’s 2008 Hardscrabble Chardonnay, AVA = VIRGINIA, Northern Virginia Region

  14. Two wines , both connected with the soil:
    –Pithos Rosso, IGT,2009, Azienda Cos, Vittoria, Sicily, made by aging the juices of Nero d’Avola and Frappato di Vittoria grapes, in terracota vessels. ( A process that heightens it earthy, mineral notes) and..
    –Le Faîte, Saint Mont,2009, AO VDQS, France,made with old grape varieties, Gros Manseng, Petit Manseng and Petit Courbu. Bottles with no label, but instead , a wooden label attached around the neck of the bottle. Bottles who were inearth to preserve and condition the wines.

  15. Alentejo, Portugal: Finisterra Vinho Regional Alentejano, white wine: GRAPES: Antão Vaz, Síria, Rabo de Ovelha, and Perrum. A faint straw color, with aromas that are fresh and fruity. Flavors are well balanced with good acidity and a beautiful finish.

  16. Enjoying a bottle of 2008 Lucie Kuhlmann from Nova Scotia Canada’s own Gaspereau Vineyards in the beautiful Gaspereau Valley. Atlantic Canadian wine at it’s best. Come visit us, you’ll see and taste and taste…

    Happy Anniversary WCC!!!!

  17. Let’s put Uruguay on the list. I’m currently enjoying a glass of 2007 Tannat from Vinedo de Los Vientos. Almost as good and definitely much less expensive than most tannats from my home state, Virginia. But I’m jealous of the folks drinking the Cos Pithos Rosso. There’s a bottle of that in my cellar and it should have come up the stairs with me this evening.

  18. Wachau/Kremstal (riding the literal border fence with this wine) Austria. A delicious Zwiegelt varietal from those at Winzer Krems.

    Happy Anniversary to Steve, and all fellow members!

  19. Domaine de Martinolles, Mauzac, from Limoux. Limoux is in Languedoc, just south of the fortified city of Carcasonne. Crisp, delicious, perfect on a hot day. Cheers!

  20. Tweeting grapes & regions tonight via @gbsgrape, from Perrysburg, Ohio “Great Black Swamp Chapter” meeting.
    Happy 6th Anniversary!

  21. Happy Birthday WCC! Here’s a glass of Croft Aged Tawny Porto, from Quinta da Roeda in the Duoro, raised in your honor. Salut!

  22. West Virginia (State AVA) Daniel Vineyard Esprit is straw colored and offers melon and yellow stone fruit on the aroma. The taste is a mix of melons and apricot and the crisp finish has a long apricot aftertaste. It’s 90º outside. We are pairing the Esprit with a pasta salad.

  23. Deborah and I are signing off tonight in London, but will be back in the morning. The obscure regions are great – lots of unknown territory for me at least!

    Our wines tonight are not altogether obscure but can at least add to the list:
    Pieropan Soave Classico 2009 – an old favorite
    KO Thierry Puzelat 2007, Touraine – crazy naturale
    Chateau de Fesles Bonnezeaux 2001 – delicious, creme caramel and apricots

    Also a Calabreta Etna Rosso DOC 2001 earlier with future member Hugo Read – an amazingly delicate yet powerful wine

  24. Weingaertner Flein-Talheim Trollinger Weiss Blanc de Noirs 2010 from the Wuerttemberg region in Germany. Trollinger is a local red grape that here was made into a refreshing, fruity White.
    Greetings from the Mojave desert!

  25. Trentino, Italy
    Bianco Vigneti Delle Dolomiti IGT
    Blend of 25% each – Wanderbara, Vernaza, Veltliner Rosato and Nosiola varietials…truly an elegant white wine.
    The cultivation of this wine is integrated in a project aimed at recuperating and producing traditional Trentino autochthonous vines. The grapes are grown in an area of between 500 and 650 metres ASL sheltered from the north winds, sloping and well ventilated, exposed to the sun for the entire day.

  26. With unusual regions the choice, we decided to stay close to home. We picked wines which would also keep the varietals different. So we have a Catawba from St James winery in Missouri (Ozark Highland AVA) and a Prarie Snow (St Pepin, LaCrescent and Edelweiss) from Tassel Ridge in Iowa.

  27. Piedmont , Italy
    Le Guie, Erbaluce di Caluso DOC
    Erbaluce was enjoyed by the Roman Emperors themselves. The only place in the world this grape varietal grows with official designation is this small mountain region in Northern Piedmont Italy.
    An elegant masterpiece, created in a balance of citrus fruits and floral aromas, yet light and crisp with a long lived velvet-like finish.
    Tasting Notes:
    Intense fruity aroma with peaches and watermelon, lightly aromatic with golden apple finish
    Perfect with young cheese, seafood & cream sauces.

  28. 2007 Finca El Reposo Saint Jeannet (Argentina, Mendoza)
    2003 Chamarré Jurançon Tradition (France, Southwest France, Jurançon)Gros Manseng/Petit Manseng

  29. 2006 Sattler St. Laurent from Burgenland, Austria; a natural crossing between Pinot Noir and some unknown partner. A juicy, mouthwatering wine that cuts through the fat of all the bad stuff that you are not supposed to eat. Tonight that would be frozen pizza.

  30. 2006 Severino Riesling – Yakima Valley AVA, WA
    2009 Dowsett Gewurztraminer Celilo Vineyard – Columbia Gorge AVA, WA
    2007 Barcello Canyon Cuvee #3 – Similkameen Valley, BC, Canada
    2007 Upland Estates Malbec – Snipes Mountain AVA, WA

  31. NV Front Porch Rosé Table Wine – Newton, Iowa

    Been holding this one for this very occasion. Nose of orange rind. Light strawberry color. Notes of strawberry preserves. A sweeter wine than would be our usual, but not at all offensive. I’d checked a while back with the winemaker, who said it is made primarily with the catabwa grape. Funny, the interior of the bottle has a rose huge, that made the wine appear to be raspberry colored.

  32. Alba Vineyards Riesling 2009, Finesville NJ and Eizaguirre Txakoli Hondurrabi Zuri 2010, Getariako Txakolina Spain. Warm night in NJ and we need refreshing white wines. Both lovely examples of the potential of their regions. The Alba is 100% estate bottled and the top NJ winery in my humble opinion.

  33. 2009 Page Springs Cellars MSGp (Mourvedre/Syrah/Grenache/Petite Sirah) grown in Cochise County, Arizona and vinified in Yavapai County. For dessert, the NV Joseph Filippi Angelica Elena from the Cucamonga Valley, California’s oldest wine-growing region.

  34. Enjoying a 2005 Chambourcin from Stony Knoll Vineyards in the Yadkin Valley AVA, North Carolina, USA

  35. Can Feixes Blanc Seleccio 2009 Penedes, a white blend of Parelleda and Xarel-lo. The nose is definitely like Cava and it is quite minerally, having been grown in a gravelly-mineral soil at the highest limits of grape-growing in Penedes, with a relatively extreme and dry climate. Nice acidity. Interesting, like drinking a still Cava.

  36. Happy 6th Anniversary! Mrs. S. and I are having a 1998 Librandi “Duca Sanfelice” Cirò Rosso Riserva DOC. This wine is 100% Gaglioppo (grape) from a part of the Calabria region of Italy around the town of Cirò on the Ionian coast.

  37. 2007 Bonny Doon Vineyard Alamo Creek Syrah, San Luis Obispo County. Happy Anniversary!

  38. L’Isle Ensouceleuse Capiteux (Cassis vinifie et fortifie)
    Black currant fortified wine
    Region: Ile d’Orleans, Quebec
    Fruity cassis-based port-like wine. Delicious!

    Duck Walk Blueberry Port
    Region: Long Island, New York
    Tangy, fruity, a bit off.

  39. a great lacrosse white wine from wisconsin and a wonderful marquette dessert wine from iowa

  40. Just attended a fantastic winemaker dinner at Divino Wine Studio in Ottawa, Canada. We opened with prosecco, then a franciacorta (I know, I know, chardonnay) (it was supposed to be falanghina spumante), followed by several Basilicata aglianico del Vulture DOC+ wines from Cantine Madonna delle Grazie. Here is the winelist and menu!


    Cheers x100!

  41. Celebrating WCC 6th Anniversary in Perrysburg, OH.
    “Great Black Swamp Chapter”:
    REGION-Natchez, Mississippi; GRAPE-Muscadine.
    REGION-Hermann, Missouri; GRAPES(3)-Norton, Chambourcin, Noiret.
    REGION-Paros (Island), Greece; GRAPE-Monemvasia.
    REGION-(Chegnin)Savoie, France; GRAPE-Jacquère.
    REGION-Kunság, Hungary; GRAPE-Blaufränkisch (Limberger).
    (Twitter @gbsgrape)

  42. Savuto DOC (Calabrian appellation in Italy) — Odoardi (45% Gaglioppo, 15% Greco Nero, 15% Nerello Cappuccio, 15% Magliocco Canino, & 10% Sangiovese.)

    From California

  43. Here’s a mixed bag:
    Kluge Blanc de Blanc 2005 (Grape: Chardonnay) Albemarle County, Virginia, USA)
    – Anthilia 2009 (Grape: Cataratta/Ansonica) Sicilia IGP
    – Mt. Boucherie 2002 (Grape: Pinot Noir icewine) British Columbia VQA sourced at vineyards in the Similkameen & Okanagan Valleys
    – St. John Commandaria NV (Grape: Commandaria) Appellation Commandaria Controlee Cyprus

  44. Château Dona Baissas, Estagel, France
    – Rivesaltes Ambré, Hors d´Age, Vin doux naturel
    – Rivesaltes Tuilé, Hors d´Age, Vin doux naturel
    Appellation Rivesaltes Contrôlé

    Regards from Slovakia

  45. Had a lovely tinto from Beira Interior (Portugal) last night. It was a blend of Touriga Nacional, Castelao, Tinta Roriz and Jaen. Terrific with our BBQ’ed steaks.

  46. I tasted the following wines today in Sonoma, all from Adobe Road Winery:

    2006 Cabernet Franc, Knights Valley, Bavarian Lion Vineyard

    2006 Petite Sirah, Knights Valley, Bavarian Lion Vineyard

    2006 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, O’Neel Vineyard

    2007 Syrah, Dry Creek Valley, Kemp Vineyard

    2006 Zinfandel, Dry Creek, Kemp Vineyard

    2002 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley

    Happy Wine Century Day to all WCC people! (and everyone else who loves wine).

    Patrick Cranley
    Chairman, Shanghai Wine Society

  47. Tacama Especiale Tannat/Petit Verdot blend from the Ica valley in Peru, consumed tonight in Cusco, Peru, the ancient Incan capitol. Plus Pisco: a Pervian brandy – 3 more grapes, must confirm the varieties.

  48. Tasted Last night
    2005 Oremus Tokaji Dry, Hungary Appelation Tokaji
    2008 Vespers, Spain, Appellation Montstant
    2004 Kiona Cab Sav Washington Appellation Red Mountain
    2004 Kiona Sangiovese Washington Appellation Red Mountain
    2007 Mont Marcal Cave Reserva Spain, Appellation Cava
    2005 Domaine Jean-Marc Morey France Appellation Chassagne-Montrachet

  49. 1999 Valkyrie from Valhalla Vineyards. North Fork of the Roanoke AVA from Virginia. This is a Bordeaux style blend in the finest tradition, with all five traditional varietals included. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, and Petit Verdot. 100% Estate Grown fruit. This was the last bottle from a case I bought at the Virginia Wine Festival years ago.

  50. Hi, tasted Jones Winery Cabernet Franc 2008, Shelton CT West Connecticut Highlands AVA. All estate grown grapes.

    Bodegas Inurrieta Orchidea, 100% Sauvignon Blanc from DO Navarra Spain

    Willakenzie Estate Pinot Gris 2009 Willamette Valley Oregon

  51. 1.Seghesio fmly fiano russian river valley northern sonoma county north coast california usa
    2.Carmenere, Línea Reserva Barrel Select, Viña Santa Ema, Valle de Rapel, Chile
    3. Vina Robles Sirah, Petite Sirah, Grenache, Mourvédre
    California : Central Coast : Paso Robles
    4.Vina Robles 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Huerhuero Paso Robles
    5. Vina Robles Chardonnay, Central Coast, Monterey, California, United States, 2009

  52. Celebrated #ChardonnayDay on Twitter and tasted Chardonnay from all over. Russian River Valley AVA, Monterey, Santa Lucia Highlands, Carneros, Santa Barbara County, Sonoma Coast, Edna Valley & Mendocino County. After all that, I needed a beer…

  53. Sorry to post so late — Mine was Chateau Elyssa from Tunisia. Cab/Merlot blend, and truly, truly awful.

  54. Our evening, when we tasted the wines from Rivesaltes, has been finshed with two bottles of Champagne РDidier Herbert, 1er Cru, Brut and another one from Daniel Leclerc et Fils, Brut, Ros̩.

  55. -Thursday,June 2-
    Okay, I’m taking grief from other members of the Great Black Swamp Chapter for not posting these earlier. Frankly, we thought these regions might be posted before we had a chance to add them, (and frankly we had a lot of wine that night!), so anyway, here they are, all tasted at our party on the May 27th celebrating the 6th Anniversary of the WCC:

    REGION: Castilla-La Mancha,Spain; WINE: Dominio De Eguren Protocolo Blanco 2010, GRAPE(S): Airen,Macabeo

    REGION: Onley,Illinois; WINE: N.V. Fox Creek Vineyards Frontenac; GRAPE: Frontenac

    REGION: Haut Medoc,Bordeaux, France; WINE: Chateau Aney Haut Medoc Cru Bourgeois 2007; GRAPE(S): Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot,Cabernet Franc,Petit Verdot

    REGION: Jumilla,Spain;Iranza Fields Albero Monastrell 2009; GRAPE Monastrell(Mouvedre)

    What a night it was!
    Great Black Swamp Chapter

  56. sorry for the late response, but for the May 27th I can add Languedoc (Pinot Noir Vin de Pays d’Oc) and Amarone della Valpolicella DOC


  57. Just back from two weeks in Spain…they seem to have added a few D.O.s…not just Ribero
    del Duoro and Rioja, which I didn’t see above, but a delightful Tinto from Ribero del Guadiana (in the Extremadura), a lovely Rosado from Girona, and a delicious Basque Txocoli from Getaria

  58. Some wines tried while spending a week in the Loire Valley
    1. Domaine Filliatreau Saumur Champigny Vieilles Vignes
    2. Chateau Gaudrelle Vouvray
    3. Domaine de la Chaise Touraine

  59. Just had a Zin tasting with the American Wine Society, San Diego Chapter, yesterday and we tasted through Napa, Sonoma County, Paso Robles, Lodi, Dry Creek, Amador County and Russian River.

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