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Last month I wrote about numbers and wine, a rant cajoling readers to ignore numbers. This month I'm back into numbers, this time counting grape varieties, not points.
The Wine Century Club is a creation of the De Long Wine Company. It is used to promote their wine grape varietal table, but also to encourage people to think outside the square - just like Vinodiversity.
The best single book to have to browse and have as a reference for learning about grape varieties and the wines made from them is Grapes and Vines by Oz Clarke and Margaret Rand.
You know Oz from his wine shows with James May of Top Gear fame. Well OZ is one of the most knowledgeable and entertaining wine writers around. Grapes and Wines First appeared about 10 years ago and I used an earlier edition for most of the background info in preparing the Vinodiversity website. The lates revised edition was published last year so I decided to upgrade my favourite reference.
I Highly recommend this book. You can see my more complete review of Oz Clarke's Grapes and Vines here.
Vinodiversity readers who have purchased the De Long Wine Map of Spain or the De Long Wine Map of Italy will know just how much care and research goes into preparing these beautiful products. So no wonder the production schedule gets a little behind at times.
I have plenty of wine varietal tables available at the moment as well.
The program for the Fed Square Victorian Regional Wine Showcase has changed slightly after the event in March had to be cancelled. In my view the new program looks much stronger with each of the next five showcases having something interesting to offer.
The new program for the next few months is
I usually have a stall there at which I show and sell my books, maps and charts, but mainly I enjoy chatting to winemakers and winelovers. Drop by and say Hello.
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For more details you can fill in the form on the bottom of this page or see this page about Silvestro's wine school and cooking school
I've started a page Best Wines of 2010 Vintage on Vinodiversity where you can look what some writers are saying. Your contributions are welcome. What is the best 2010 vintage wine you have tried? Maybe you'd like to nominate your best 3, 5 or maybe 10.
The new entries get added to my database and eventually find their way onto their respective pages, either onto a special varietal page, or onto the regional listing.
If you are into RSS you can get a feed via Australian wine news feed
They have an excellent range of alternative varietal wines from small winemakers in less known regions, as well as some from the superstars of the alternative wine scene. Prices are fair and freight is reasonable, it is even waived on larger orders.