Noble Grape Challenge, Wine

Looking Back on the Noble Grape Challenge

After a couple weeks off, I’m back and excited for another year of geeking out over wine and beer. I spent about a week at my parents’ place eating and drinking all the things before coming back to my cozy little apartment to recoup and recharge from the holiday chaos. I spent a quiet New Year’s Eve in and had a very busy and eventful re-entry into my work world. It feels truly back to reality at this point, and I’m glad to kick things off for 2018 with a final look back at the Noble Grape Challenge.

For anyone jumping in at this post, the Noble Grape Challenge was created by Wine Folly as a way to learn the spectrum of flavours and characteristics found in red and white wines. Over the past two years I have slowly tasted and shared my journey, learning about the key characteristics and flavours of each grape as I went. Now that it’s over here are some thoughts on the whole process.

It took forever!


Holy crap, this thing took a while! Granted, I wasn’t trying to motor through it, but it still took me almost two years to complete. If you’ve been with me the whole journey I sincerely thank you and hope you got as much out of it as I did.

I’m glad I made it through the whole thing, though. I learned a lot about the wines and learned a lot about blogging and my personal style along the way, which is exactly what I was hoping would happen. Thank goodness for hunches that turn out!

I didn’t know what I didn’t know

That doesn’t mean it wasn’t a challenge. Every post pushed me to learn about the wine and really know what I was talking about so that I brought you right information. And there were still some pretty choice facepalm moments.

I’m still embarrassed to say I didn’t realize that Nebbiolo is the main grape in Barolo until after writing that post. Yeesh. I also got a little too wordy and flowery, especially in the beginning. Finding your voice is hard!

Each entry also shows how my knowledge and palate has progressed (thanks WSET!). I feel much more confident now when drinking and buying these wines, and I hope you do too! I definitely recommend this challenge if you’re feeling curious and want to expand your knowledge as well as your palate.

So, what now?

I like to have a project, something to work toward, so when I came to the last entry in the Noble Grape Challenge I wanted to come up with something new to work on.

Enter 2018, and the year of Wine WTFs.

Wine WTFs will be a year-long series that explores wine terms, regions, and stories that are slightly lesser known. WTF do people care so much about Bordeaux? WTF is MLF? Why TF should I care about oak? You get the idea. I’m looking forward to jumping into a new project and hope you are too.


Is there anything about wine that confuses or intrigues you? Lay it on me and maybe I’ll write a Wine WTF about it!


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  • Reply Anne Louise Bannon January 18, 2018 at 1:51 am

    Learning about all the weird grapes/varieties out there was what inspired Yes, we’re mostly focused on the women and people of color who make wines now. But the weird grapes get in there, thank you, Theodora Lee and Theopolis. Check out her Symphony wine.

    • Reply Meg January 18, 2018 at 6:25 pm

      I will, thanks! I’m glad I went through this process, it opened me up to so many new stories, similar to you. Looking forward to catching up on OddBallGrape, and good to hear from you!

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