Titanic Tannat Tasting

March 3, 2013

Newly minted Treble Centurian Randy Cepuch recently held a tannat tasting for some friends.

“There were 20 of us, and I think it’s safe to say the favorite bottles were the Pisano RPF, the Pisano Reserve, the Chateau O’Brien (source of the first Tannat I’d ever tasted) and all three of the French entries – although one lawyer in the group noted that maybe drinkers should worry a bit when the largest type on the bottle could be interpreted as scary disclosure: “May die!”

It sounded like a fun tasting but no word as of yet as how everyone’s tongues survived the onslaught of tannins!

The Wine Century Club Adopts Official Book

November 20, 2012

The book photographed next to a man for scale

Wine Grapes, the new and amazing tome by Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding and José Vouillamoz has been adopted as our Bible, Talmud, Quran, Book of Mormon etc.

It will be used as the authoritative word in resolving deputes about synonyms, clones etc. No more arguments like:

“Brunello is an independent grape variety!”
“I believe that it’s actually Sangiovese.”
“How would you know? Do you know more than wine makers in Montalcino??!!!!”

If you don’t have a copy yet, check out the official site: Winegrapes.org for the best deal on it worldwide.

Certificates on the way


If you’ve been waiting a little long for your certificate, please rest assured that they are currently being fined, filtered and finished and will be sent December 1st.

Thank you for you patience. We will mail no certificate before it’s time. . .

7th Birthday Grape Count

June 8, 2012

Grape Count:


Please post your wine name and grape varieties tasted below in the comments below.

Running Total:

1. Kerner
Cabernet Sauvignon Terry Sullivan
Nuragus Jim and Patricia Breed
Tinta Miuda
Touriga Nacional Bob Gregg
Aglianico Tim Faust
Pinot Noir
Sauvignon Blanc
Nerello Capuccio
Nerello Mascalese
Viura (Macabeo)
Palomino Fino Dennis Sullivan
Antao Vaz
Perrum Diane Freeland
Agioritiko Mark Freeland
Viognier Dave Highfield
Aragonez Steve & Deborah De Long
Assyrtiko – Sofoklis
Tannat Peter Conway
Fernao Pires
Gouveio MaJ
Listan Negro Will
Savignan grape Susanne Kuehne
Carignane Peter Conway
Pinela Mary Williams
50. Muscato
Himrod Rosemary
Cinsault Bob Halifax
Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo)
Touriga Franca Brian & Maureen
Malagouzia Anna S
Barbera d’Alba
Nebbiolo Corner Wines
Mencia Enotrends
Dornfelder Matt Pruyn
Prieto Picudo
Juan Garcia Jamie Webb
Sagrantino Benito
Plavac Mali Candy Arbour
Grenache Blanche
Chenin Blanc
Pinot Gris gil kulers
Cabernet Franc Marilyn Nash
Matrasa Denis Roudenko
Sovereign Opal Larry Burr
Saint Pepin wm. darrell lee
Jacquère Chris Herbert and Nancy Welch
Savatiano James
xarel·lo Steve and Deborah De Long
Villard Noir
Lagrein Susan Blomeley
Brachetto d’Acqui Sande
Petite Sirah Holly Settles
Roupeiro Margaret and Bill Goldstein
Clairette Tim Faust
Roussanne Paul Mims
Gamay Dale Cruse
Seyval Blanc Dale brock
Bovale Sardo
100. Gaglioppo
Egiodola Steven Moore
Ruche Jeff Carroll
Ugni Blanc
Gros Marseng Aaron Mandel
Obaideh Robin Garr
Tsolikauri Kevin Mosser
Clairette Jay Schneider
Bonardo Phil Watkins
Cynthiana Robert Austin
Zilavka Jackie Rogers
Blatina Bob Rogers
Grolleau Noir
Pineau d’Aunis
Rkatsiteli marc
Edelweiss Susan & Brian Geraghty
Corot Noir
Valvin Muscat
Folle Blanche Kramer
Petit manseng
petit verdot Richard Leahy and Aimosaur a k a wineosaurus
Tamaioasa Anatoli Levine
Primitivo Dennis Sullivan
Albarino Clark D’Elia
Passerina Bill Frazier
Petite Milo
Epicure Bob Halifax
Petite Rouge
Montepulciano Chris Hamm
Tinta Barroca
Musque ra
Fiano Steve and Deborah De Long
150. Auxerrois
Chaselas Nick Underwood
Mavrud Ann Salisbury
Maria Gomes Kevin Armstrong
Picpout Blanc Vincent Williams
Lesvos paul
Pinot Meunier Olli Heikkilä and Timo Jokinen The Brotherhood of the Knights of the Vine
Arrufiac Alex Bardsley
Schiava Alan J. Hess
Romorantin Tom Reagan, Dennis Sullivan and Parks Redwine
Tibouron Greg Kozar
Norton Greg Teese
Fileri Russ Frates
Tallet Tom Wolff
Samso Claude Nobauer
173. Calkarasi Susan
Tocai Friulano
Rondinella Tony Fletcher
Caino Tinto
179. Pedro Ximénez Debbie Attias

7th Anniversary International Tasting

May 30, 2012

To mark our lucky seventh anniversary, we’re going back to basics. We’re once again going to see how many grape varieties that we can collectively taste on one day. Hopefully we can beat our formidable record of 314 grape varieties collectively tasted.

Wherever you may be, please raise a glass on June 9th of the most obscure wine that you can get your hands on. And if at all possible please post a short note about the wine you had in the notes below. The note can be as simple as the name of the wine and its grape variety(ies).

Democracy Now! Elections this Fall!

Kim Jong Il WineIt’s come to my attention that being President For Life is going out of style. To lower my risk of exile or a long embarrassingly sad reign complete with bad haircuts, I’ve decided to abdicate my position starting this fall. Since my eldest son is too young, an election will be held. With great reluctance, I’ve allowed UN observers to watch the stuffing of the ballot boxes monitor the election.

The specifics are still vague but will materialize in the next month.

Our New Website

May 29, 2012

New Wine Century Club Site

I hope you like our new site. It was necessary since the old site became corrupted. Not in a political or economic sense, but it just stopped working. If you visited here in the past 6 months, you probably noticed. It was embarrassing.

The main innovation in the new site is the ability to post new events and meetups. I’ve posted the first one, a casual meetup in my local place in London. Have a look and use it as an example if you would like to post a meetup yourself:

Meetup in London

Le Grand Prix du Cépage – We Have a Winner!

November 18, 2010

Le-Grand-Prix-du-CepageAfter thoroughly checking the applications for synonyms, clones, steroids and other performance enhancing drugs, we now have an official winner.

Thomas Reagan, Jr of Georgia is the champion with 431 grape varieties.  He just edged out Michael Mangahas of Maryland who had 419 grape varieties.

Congratulations, Tom!

Breaking . . . Le Grand Prix du Cépage . . . currently counting

November 15, 2010

I have two giant applications that I am still assessing for duplicates.  We will have a winner later today!

Update . . . lots and lots of synonyms to check . . . count is going into the night . . .

Article in the Wall Street Journal

June 26, 2010

There’s an excellent article about the Wine Century Club in today’s Wall Street Journal: Drink, Drink and be Merry.  Perhaps the best quote is by Walter Rachele: “It’s a serious hobby that’s gone awry.”

Le Grand Prix du Cépage

May 17, 2010

We’re currently 779 members strong, with 28 doppel members, 5 treble members and one quattro member. While membership is increasing dramatically, more and more members are continuing their quest to Doppel levels and beyond.

To honor this sense of adventure and crazed obsessiveness, I am announcing a contest and award for the most grape varieties tasted by any one member: Le Grand Prix du Cépage!

Entries are due November 12, 2010 5PM EST and the winner will be announced on November 15th.

A big help in the quest for Doppel+ membership is the expanded application and database developed by Dr. Thomas Mercer-Hursh. You can find both on his site, A Muse in the Cellar.

A Wine with 152 Grape Varieties

May 11, 2010

That’s 95 more than Heinz’s 57! And in one bottle no less!

Through the generosity of Tom Reagan (our reigning champ with 426 varieties) I was able to try the 2005 Giribaldi Cento Uve Lange DOC a wine that our sole Indian member, sommelier Subhash Arora, has written about.

Obviously this wine poses a problem for the Wine Century Club. Since we allow all the grapes in a blend to count towards our totals, it makes things far too easy – one sip and Bob’s your uncle – wham-bam welcome to the club. Where’s the adventure in that? Something must be done!

I convened an emergency executive committee meeting where we came up with a ruling: the 2005 Giribaldi Cento Uve Lange DOC can not count for initial membership in the club but the grape varieties in it can count towards higher levels of membership (ie Doppel).


So how was the wine?

It’s about 50% Nebbiolo which is interesting since Nebbiolo is rarely blended with other grapes and some would say that, like Pinot Noir, it’s a grape that shouldn’t be blended. Initially it was fairly closed and not very interesting, but opened up into a very aromatic and enjoyable wine – floral, roses and violets along with a big splash of Dr. Pepper with cocoa and cherries coming out on the palate. The tannins were abundant and chewy but also drying which would usually indicate that it needs a few more years in the cellar, however in other ways it already seems fully matured. I wouldn’t wait, especially if you’re working on your Doppel level! It was perfect with grilled sirloin.