500! Now Official

February 1, 2016 Leave a comment Go to comments

As many of you know, I got the bug of The Wine Century Club for the endless quest to try wines made from as many different grapes as possible  – yes, you can call me a grape geek, I don’t have an issue with that.

Back in August of last year I wrote a post about reaching the 500 grapes milestone and submitting my application for Pentavini level at The Wine Century club. Two days ago, I got a suspiciously promising envelope in the mail, and there it was:

The Wine Century Club Pentavini CertificateWell, it is nice to get an acknowledgement for your geekiness in the form of this cool paper; it also reinforces desire to continue the quest. You can see my grape count in the right column of this blog page – yes, I got a long way to go to get to the next level, but it is a fun journey. At this point, The Wine Century Club doesn’t have a designation for the 600 grapes level – but it doesn’t make the process any less fun.

To look at things seriously, this is nothing more than a form of an adult fun, just another way to collect the experiences. There is no need to congratulate with this achievement, really. But I will be happy to be a source of encouragement for all the grape aficionados out there; if you want to leave comment, tell me about your own journey in the Wine Century Club quest, no matter how many grapes you tried so far. Grape geeks, rejoice! Cheers!


  1. February 1, 2016 at 11:27 am

    Anatoli! Congrats! From one wine geek to another this is awesome! I may have to look into this…my quest is to bring many geeky wines into the store I manage,and introduce others to them also!

    • talkavino
      February 1, 2016 at 3:29 pm

      Thanks! The geeky wines often offer tons of unexpected pleasure – and they definitely keep you on your toes 🙂

  2. February 1, 2016 at 11:40 am

    Wow congratulations Anatoli, 500 thats huge and you deserve that awesome certificate. Isn’t it great that reaching this milestone was a fun process. Here’s to 600!!

    • talkavino
      February 2, 2016 at 2:14 pm

      Thank you Suzanne! It is definitely a fun process!

  3. February 1, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    Awesome! Congrats. I did not start keep up with my grapes. I am sure I qualify for a minimum of 100 probably more. Some day I will circle back and write them all up. Way to go. Cheers to more happy drinking!

    • talkavino
      February 2, 2016 at 2:16 pm

      Thanks Michelle. You should definitely try filling up Century Club application just for fun. Very interesting part of the whole process is playing a role of “grape detective”, figuring out grape composition of the particular bottle, looking for duplicates and more – try it!

  4. okiewinegirl2015
    February 1, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    Oh Gracious! How exciting! Congratulations! Just think of all the places you’ve tasted by simply opening a bottle. Cin Cin!

    • talkavino
      February 2, 2016 at 2:16 pm

      Thank you! Yes, this is true – lots of places!

  5. Joseph Kulinets
    February 1, 2016 at 1:02 pm


    Ahead to 600!

    • talkavino
      February 2, 2016 at 2:16 pm

      Thank you! Working on it 🙂

  6. February 1, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    Congratulations! How fun! 🙂

    • talkavino
      February 2, 2016 at 2:17 pm

      Thank you Tonya!

  7. February 1, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    Congrats! Quite an accomplishment 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration…

    • talkavino
      February 2, 2016 at 2:17 pm

      Thank you! Very happy to be a source of inspiration 🙂

  8. February 1, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    Congrats!! Must have been a lot of fun getting to that milestone, what is the next one?

    • talkavino
      February 2, 2016 at 2:19 pm

      Thank you! Well, great thing is that Wine Century club doesn’t have the next milestone, so I can come up with my own. And to put things in prospective, Jancis Robinson et al book lists 1388 grapes used to produce wine world wide – I got long ways to go…

      • February 2, 2016 at 11:17 pm

        Yeah, but not as long most of have to go, need to go back through my list, must be nearing the century now.

        I am sure you will come up with an appropriate milestone and title for it!

  9. February 2, 2016 at 12:44 am

    Way to go, still working on our first hundred. You have inspired me to get with it again as we haven’t tried any new in about a year. Congratulations!

    • talkavino
      February 2, 2016 at 2:20 pm

      Thank you! You will get there, I’m sure!

  10. February 2, 2016 at 8:55 am

    Congrats from a 200 club member. While you’ve inspired me to go for next level, I’m also a little uninspired that 500 didn’t come with a suitcase full of cash. 😉

    • talkavino
      February 2, 2016 at 2:21 pm

      thanks! yes, it works the other way around. I’m glad I have an access to many trade tastings – that helps for sure to reduce the expense…

  11. February 2, 2016 at 10:32 am

    I stopped keeping track a bit ago as don’t the require proof at some point? I admire your tenacity!

    • talkavino
      February 2, 2016 at 2:24 pm

      I do keep track of them in the original spreadsheet which I downloaded when I just started. I also have all the grapes listed here: https://talk-a-vino.com/wines-2/grapes-of-the-world/, even though I was criticized by one of the readers for inclusion of some of the supposed “duplicates”. Anyway, I still like looking for the unknown grapes 🙂

  12. February 2, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    Congratulations are definitely in order, Anatoli! 😍

    • talkavino
      February 2, 2016 at 2:25 pm

      Thank you, my friend! I have a celebratory bottle ready which your husband keeps supplying, and it is a white wine, so we definitely need to find time to celebrate together:)

  13. February 2, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    Congratulations! That’s pretty cool! 🙂

    • talkavino
      February 2, 2016 at 9:39 pm

      Thank you Angie!

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