Whether you agree or disagree with the phrase "big six grapes" that is the theme of the wine club's first meeting! Based on a few wine books I have read, some wine professionals lump the following together as the six basic grapes: Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah/Shiraz.
If you are interested about starting your own wine club, here's an overview of our structure:
- Once a month we will pick a host/hostess who chooses the theme of the tasting
- The host/hostess researches the theme and provides a brief overview of the topic, region, grape or winery (depending on how the theme is structured).
- Tasting party! Every member has a tasting sheet and rates each bottle of wine.
- Afterwards, the host/hostess will send a summary of the event and reviews back to me and I will post it on the blog for the group to review!
Below is the suggestion list I sent to my guests to help them with their wine shopping before the event!
From Germany*, Alsace, France or Austria
2. Sauvignon Blanc
From Loire Valley (France), New Zealand, Bordeaux or Coastal California.
From Burgundy (look for Macon or Puilly-Fuisse* on bottle) or Coastal California.
4. Pinot Noir+
From Burgundy, Oregon*, New Zealand*, or California*
5. Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon
From Washington State, California, Chile*
From Northern Rhone (France), Australia, Chile*, Argentina*, South Africa*
* = wines/regions I think may be easier to find/better quality for a more affordable price.
+ = wines that would be beneficial to have 2 of (Chardonnary, try one with oak and one without; Pinot Noir, try one new world (everywhere else), one old world (Europe).
Stay tuned for my research sheet on the above wines and the group reviews!