In September, I tried a Syrah from Morocco. It was the first time that I had ever had a wine from that country, and I selected it simply because I had not done so before. I wanted to be adventurous, to try something more unusual. Are you the same?
You probably have heard of the Wine Century Club. It is a loosely organized club where to qualify as a member, you must have tasted at least 100 different grape varieties. If you succeed in doing so, the Club awards you a special certificate. With all the thousands of different grapes out there, this is a very achievable goal.
It is an interesting idea and an excellent way to get wine lovers to try some very different wines. I am very adventurous in my wine drinking and encourage others to do the same, to try any and all wines they get a chance to taste. Yet trying unusual grapes is only one part of being adventurous. There is also the excitement of trying wines from more unusual and different wine regions.
So, I got thinking about something similar to the Wine Century Club but geared more to geographics. Tha led to ideas for two different clubs. The first idea I have called the Wine Country 30 Club. Maybe not the most exciting of names but it is the working title for now.
Wine is made in many countries all around the world but how many of those countries have you tasted their wines? You can qualify for membership in this club if you have tried wine from at least 30 different countries, roughly half the number of countries on the list below.
Here is a list of wine producing countries, though this list is not complete:
Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Australia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Morocco, New Zealand, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia & Montenegro, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe.
How many of those countries can you mark off on your list? I qualify for this Club as I have had wines from 32 of those countries. Though I doubt I will be able to add too many more to my list as I have never seen some of the remaining countries available at my local wine stores.
In a similar vein, my second idea is called the U.S. Wine 25 Club. Wine is now made in all fifty states so how many of those states have you tasted their wines? You can qualify for membership in this club if you have tried wine from at least 25 different states, roughly half the number of states.
I don't yet qualify for this club as I have only had wine from around 12 or so different states. It is a bit difficult as the wines of many of those other states are not available in my local wine stores.
So do you qualify for either of these two geographic wine clubs?
At this time, I don't issue any certificates or any other prizes. Your reward is more just personal satisfaction for being an adventurous wine lover. If anyone has some additional ideas or feedback, feel free to post a comment.