29 going on 40

Our count up to 100 (into the Wine Century club) just took a bit bump this past weekend. Thanks to a Spanish themed wine tasting and dinner party.

I’m so happy I’ve taken on the challenge. We’ve discovered so many interesting varieties not typically found at the local market, some that we like so much more than the standard supermarket fare. (Granted there is great variety in Cabernets of the world, as well as the Pinots….) But you can’t just run out for a Baco Noir, Malbec or Semillion now can you? (Well… not at any of my local supermarkets you can’t.)

The current tally (of grape varieties enjoyed in wine):

  1. Baco Noir – Red Cat, Hazlitt 1852, Fingerlakes (Seneca), NY
  2. Bonarda 2004 Atipax, Tupungato Reserva, Malbec blend, Mendoza, Argentina (91 Points)
  3. Cabernet Franc – Atwater, Fingerlakes (Seneca), NY
  4. Cabernet Sauvignon – used to dislike oaky ones, now finding several I like (TTV)
  5. Catawba – Red Cat, Hazlitt 1852, Fingerlakes (Seneca), NY
  6. Cayuga – Atwater, Fingerlakes (Seneca), NY
  7. Chancellor – Atwater, Fingerlakes (Seneca), NY
  8. Chelois – Atwater, Fingerlakes (Seneca), NY
  9. Cinsaut
  10. Corvina
  11. Gamay – Beaujolias, Nouveau et al — great nouveau in late 90’s
  12. Gewürztraminer – Castel Grisch, Fingerlakes NY, et al.
  13. Grenache/Garnacha – Le Vielle Ferme red blend, & 2005 Rojo Granrojo (Grenache Noir)
  14. Malbec – 2004 Atipax, Tupungato Reserva, Malbec blend, Mendoza, Argentina (91 Points)
  15. Maréchal Foch – Atwater, Fingerlakes (Seneca), NY
  16. Merlot – 2003 Lomas de Los Andes, Colchagua Valley Merlot, Chile (90 Points)
  17. Molinara
  18. Moscato Bianco – 2005 Meda Margherita, Moscato d’Asti, Piedmont, Italy (90 Points)
  19. Mourvèdre
  20. Niagara – Finger Lakes NY, Flag Hill NH
  21. Petite Sirah
  22. Pinot Blanc – 2003 Louis Reffelingen, Pinot Blanc (90 Points)
  23. Pinot Gris – Gris at Sterling (Napa) Grigio elsewhere
  24. Pinot Noir – Calif, French, etc – 2005 Landmark, Grand Detour Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, California (92 Points) & Kindred Wines 2005 Amber Ridge
  25. Riesling
  26. Rondinella
  27. Rose of Isabelle – Goose Watch, Fingerlakes (Cayuga), NY
  28. Sauvignon Blanc
  29. Semillon – 2002 Vina Alamosa, Premium Late Harvest Semill
  30. Seyval Blanc – Atwater, Fingerlakes (Seneca), NY
  31. Syrah/Shiraz
  32. Tempranillo – 2004 Bodegas Altizia, Tierra de Vientos, Barrel Aged Tempranillo, Vino de la Tierra de Castilla, La Mancha, Spain (90 Points)
  33. Torrontés – 2004 Moon Sun, Cafayate Valley Torrontés, Argentina (90 Points)
  34. Verdejo – 2004 Señorio de Garci Grande, Rueda, Spain (90 Points)
  35. Vidal – Atwater, Fingerlakes (Seneca), NY – also as ice wine
  36. Vignoles – Atwater, Fingerlakes (Seneca), NY
  37. Villard Blanc – Atwater, Fingerlakes (Seneca), NY
  38. Viognier – 2004 Stone Home Ranch, Viognier, California (90 Points)
  39. Viura – 2004 Señorio de Garci Grande, Rueda, Spain (90 Points)
  40. Zinfandel/Primitivo

Some varieties I have tried several different wines, others just the one. Surprisingly there are good and bad (and fantastic) wines to be had that would otherwise seem to be the same. There are more I’ve tried when in France and California (Napa and Sonoma), but this was before I was keeping track, and the memory is a little spotty (I am a parent afterall). So, while I think I’ve had a Sangiovese, Muscat, Concord, and Trebbiano, I can neither confirm nor deny… so off the list they’ll stay until the time comes I can enjoy them (again?)

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About Scott

I am a son, brother, husband and father, and I am (or have been and enjoyed being) A student of science, art, and humanities in the states and abroad. A graphic designer, art deparment manager, and an art director. A woodworker, home renovator & preservationist. Vegetarian, organic gardener, cook. Photographer, cartoonist. Runner, judoka and fencer. An actor, writer, director and producer for a student run (but not school affiliated or sponsored) local access variety show. A uomo universale in training! In my spare time I like to read, watch movies and look for other creative pursuits and new inspirations!
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3 Responses to 29 going on 40

  1. Tim says:

    Kindred Wines eh?

  2. Yeah, good stuff! Can’t wait to try the Syrah and your Viognier… the only other one I’ve had (TTV) was not my cup of tea.

    Your new website looks fantastic by the way!

  3. ChenZhen says:

    That’s a lot of wine!

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