The Wine Century Club Turns 4!
We’re now 590 members strong and growing!
This year, instead of our annual shindig in New York City, we’re going to celebrate online in recognition of the international nature of the club (not to mention the massive global financial meltdown).
Wherever you may be, please raise a glass of something interesting and delicious on May 7th in honor of the club and the glory that is you. Bask in grapeness, recite the sacred oath and if at all possible please post a short note about the wine you had here. The note can be as simple as the name of the wine and its grape variety(ies).
It would be amazing if we could collectively taste 100 or more different grape varieties that day. It would be more amazing if we could taste over 200 in honor of the newly minted Doppel Members.
If you happen to be in London, England on May 7th, please join me, Deborah De Long and Paula Sindberg at Paula’s giant Swiss wine tasting. We’ll be toasting the anniversary with Heida (Païen), Cornalin, Resi, Lafnetscha, Gamaret, and Gwäss(yes, these are grape varieties!). To sign up, please contact Paula.
Swiss Wines – Grape Varieties You’ve NEVER Heard Of
Date – 7 May 2009 (Thursday)
Venue – Bacchus & Comus, 57 Pelham Street (private home), London SW7 2NJ
Time – 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Cost – £40/person – sorry but Swiss wines are expensive!
This tasting will feature 12 (!!) unique grape varieties that you’ve probably have never heard of so it’s a real opportunity to add to your grape variety “life list”.
All these wines are rare and seldom made anywhere, even in Switzerland. Most are from the Valais, that beautiful valley along which the Rhône River flows on the way from to Zermatt. The tiny producers here make some outstanding wines. The wines aren’t cheap but, then, what is in Switzerland. So to experience the pleasures of Heida (Païen), Cornalin, Resi, Lafnetscha, Gamaret, and Gwäss, among others, join us on 7 May. Book & pay in advance to secure your place.
DOH! We arrive in London 2 days later! Drats…one day I swear we will make an official event…or else we’ll make an event of our own!
Wow, you guys are starting to make London a habit!
We’ll celebrate in San Francisco with visiting wine maker Tamara Glavina of the Slovenian estate Santomas. She’ll contribute wines made from the indigenous varietals Malvazija Istria and Refosk to our festivities.
Cheers to another exciting year of viticultural exploration. -frank