May 26, 2011 – International Wine Tasting

In keeping with the Treasure Valley Wine Society’s theme of 100 Varietals, here is the latest from the Wine Century Club and their 2011 Global Tasting Challenge. Their notice of the event says,

We’re now 1,023 members strong and growing! Included in this number are 30 Doppel Members, seven Treble Members and three Quattro Members.
Our annual celebration and challenge is once again online in recognition of the international nature of the club, but this year is going to be somewhat different. Last year we collectively tasted 314 different grape varieties, crushing the previous year’s 157 grapes (pun intended!) and a very impressive sum (but still short of the three Quattro Member’s lifetime grape lists!).
This year, we’re going to see how many different wine regions we can collectively taste in one day. In a way it is both easier – Bulgarian Cabernet and Chilean Merlot will both count – and more difficult as exotic 100 grape Italian wines, Portuguese cepage-monsters other mega blends like Châteauneuf-du-Pape will only count once.
Wherever you may be, please raise a glass of the most obscure wine* you can find on May 26th in honor of the club and the glory that is you. And if at all possible please post a short note about the wine you had on the Wine Century Club Site. The note can be as simple as the name of the wine and where it came from.
Hope to see you online on May 26th!
Veni, Vino, Vici!
*Only grape wines please but even the smallest of subregions will count. For example, Gevrey-Chambertin will be counted separate from Gevrey-Chambertin premier cru La Perrière and Côtes du Rhône will be counted separate from Côtes du Rhône Villages Cairanne. And that’s just France. There are over 300 different wine regions in the US alone!

In keeping with this party idea, Gail McClellan Parker and Robert Parker, have graciously opened their home for us to partake in this event. We will meet at the Parker’s, May 26, 2011 at 7:00pm. There are only 3 rules for this event:

  1. Please RSVP to Gail and Robert at (they will set the limit):
    Gail McClellan Parker
    1943 E. Pegram St.
    Meridian ID 83642
    (208) 884-2098

  2. Bring an appetizer that will match the varietal you are bringing
  3. Please make the varietal one that you don’t think anyone has had, or that you have not had.

The party will also include a fantastic video by Mark Phillips, Ice Cubes In Wine and other interesting ways to enjoy wine. If you watched PBS this year during their annual fund drive, you may have seen excerpts of this video. Let’s have a great time with this. I do hope too, that Chef James can join us.

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