Wines 101 #0 Do you have a wine tasting bucket list?

Wines 101 wine tasting bucket list

Do tell us about your own Wine Tasting Bucket List or Wishlist

Bucket Lists are a bit like Marmite, love ’em or hate ’em, nothing in between! Until recently I’ve been in the “hate ’em” group for full blown Bucket Lists, though I freely admit to having had wish-lists for travel, mountaineering and wine tasting. But browsing the shelves of our local Waterstones I spotted a book about a Wine Bucket List and thought “hmm, that could be useful if it combines wine tasting with wine travel”! So, I have decided to have a crack at tasting up to 101 Wines (As per Margaret Rand, 101 Wines to buy before you die) as much in-situ with the producer as possible so the exercise becomes linked with our wine travels, especially around Europe. Where impossible I will just use my Wine Searcher app to find the best value source to purchase it. Also I will not be tasting them in the strict #1 to #101 sequence either, in fact I may not even make it or try to make it to the finish line, but I will give it a bloody good go!
Here’s what Margaret Rand says in her opening remarks to her book:

“These are not the most iconic wines in the world, nor the 101 highest-scoring wines in the world, though many of them are iconic and many are high scoring. They are the wines that have given me the greatest pleasure. If there is a thread running through these choices it is one of balance, elegance, poise and precision.”

I like that: BALANCE, ELEGANCE, POISE, PRECISION and I will try hard to use it as a yardstick as I taste my way around them. I hope you will follow this portfolio of projects, by country, and be inspired to start a Wine 101 Bucket List of your own much earlier than I have.

101 Wines Bucket List wine tasting standards

101 Wines Bucket List wine tasting standards






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6 replies

  1. I’d love to visit a winery in California someday and taste their wines 🙂


    • Good idea, we were in San Francisco a year ago but it was a whirlwind rail tour across USA so visiting a vineyard wasn’t on the schedule sadly. Most of our vineyard visits have been across Europe. Why not visit vineyards close to where you live? We recently discovered one only 7 miles away from our home in The Cotswolds we didn’t know existed!

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  2. No list yet, but I am very interested to read about your list!!


    • I think you need one, even if it’s only with wines from the vineyards you can visit. Make it special, special bottles, different grapes or years. Probably buying wines much more expensive than normal but set yourself a budget and maybe get one per month, travelling to the vineyard to taste and buy. We began this way as students putting coins in a jar till we had enough to buy a bottle!



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