Red Blends

Once again, we are going to be revisiting red blends and I couldn’t be happier. Blending is done to bring qualities of different varieties together in a marriage of textures and flavors. If a particular grape is thin skinned and lacks tannin structure, blending in some wine made from a more tannic grape variety will round it out. Have a flabby grape? Mix in some grapes with more vibrant acidity to lift it up. We know that Bordeaux is famous for blending red grapes to make great wine. But this process of bringing the best of the best qualities together is not limited to France. Join us for a tasting of robust red blends from around the world.

This tasting will be held in Downtown Fargo at the wonderful showrooms of Fabricators Unlimited. The historic building is located at 806 NP avenue and there is parking behind the building just north of the railroad tracks. We will have space to spread out and enjoy each other’s company while being able to maintain safe social distancing. COVID-19 numbers have been encouraging and more and more of us are able to receive vaccinations, but we are not out of the woods yet. Please plan to have a mask on when arriving and not drinking wine.

*This tasting will start at 6:00 pm and the hosts have graciously allowed us to use the space until 9:00 pm.

Red Blends
Saturday, April 10, 2021
6:00-9:00 pm
Fabricators Unlimited
806 NP Ave, Fargo

$25 members, $35 non-members

South American Cabernet Sauvignon

With the arrival of Spanish missionaries to South America in the 1500’s came the wine industry. While the wines of South America today bear little resemblance to the wines of the 16th century, the history and culture is infused in their extraordinary wines. In the 19th century, French agronomists introduced classic European varieties such as malbec, carménère and cabernet sauvignon. We have tasted many of the wines from these regions in the past, but we have yet to do a tasting focussed solely on that noble grape, Cabernet Sauvignon – until now! The high and dry regions of Argentina’s Mendoza region produce world class cabernets that rival even those of Napa. And the cooler climates of Chile produce wines that are peppery and earthy rivaling those of Bordeaux. And that’s just the beginning. Join us on Saturday, March 13 for a tour of South American Cabs!

This tasting will be held in Downtown Fargo at the wonderful showrooms of Fabricators Unlimited. The historic building is located at 806 NP avenue and there is parking behind the building just north of the railroad tracks. We will have space to spread out and enjoy each other’s company while being able to maintain safe social distancing. COVID-19 numbers have been encouraging and more and more of us are able to receive vaccinations, but we are not out of the woods yet. Fargo remains under a mask mandate at this time so please plan to have a mask on when arriving and not drinking wine.

*This tasting will start at 6:00 pm and the hosts have graciously allowed us to use the space until 9:00 pm.

South American Cabernet Sauvignon
Saturday, March 13, 2021
6:00-9:00 pm
Fabricators Unlimited
806 NP Ave, Fargo

$25 members, $35 non-members

RRV AWS in 2021

RRV AWS in 2021

Greetings wine lovers! It has been a long year and I know you are all curious and interested to know what we have planned for 2021. I wanted to send out this quick note to let you know, we have not forgotten you!

I’m happy to let you know that we are gearing up for a fantastic journey of wine this year. As the pandemic numbers wane and vaccines are being rolled out, we think it is time to ease back in to doing some safe sampling. Of course we will continue to carefully monitor the safety risks and adjust accordingly.

Please mark your calendars. We will hold our next tasting on Saturday, March 13, at 6:00 pm at a location in downtown Fargo that will allow us to spread out and enjoy the company of our wine loving friends. I will send out more details next week. Our theme will be South American Cabernet.

We are working on a complete updated schedule for the year, so please stay tuned for that.

If you haven’t renewed or aren’t a member of the national American Wine Society, consider joining here:
https://americanwinesociety.org/join-now/

Red Blends

Blending is done to bring qualities of different varieties together in a marriage of textures and flavors. If a particular grape is thin skinned and lacks tannin structure, blending in some wine made from a more tannic grape variety will round it out. Have a flabby grape? Mix in some grapes with more vibrant acidity to lift it up. We know that Bordeaux is famous for blending red grapes to make great wine. But this process of bringing the best of the best qualities together is not limited to France. Join us for a tasting of red blends from around the world as we enjoy the last of summer’s sunshine.

Because our daylight hours are waning, we will be starting this tasting one hour earlier at 6:00 pm! Don’t be late!

Red Blends
Saturday, September 12, 6:00 pm
Hosted by Greg and Lisa Cook @ 4e Winery
3766 156th Ave SE, Mapleton, ND 58059

$25 members, $35 non-members

North Coast Cabernet

I know our group never tires of cabernet sauvignon from the Napa Valley, but did you realize there are great cabs to be had just outside of Napa? Don’t believe it? Join us on Saturday, Aug. 8 for a tour of the cabs from the North Coast. The grapes for this month’s wines are grown in the North Coast AVA of California. This area includes counties north of San Francisco such as Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Sonoma and Solano counties. Typically, the North Coast Ava is characterized by cool fog and breezes off of the Pacific Ocean. This produces juicy, lush and medium-bodied mouthfeels with bright fruit and herb aromas.

North Coast Cabernet
Saturday, Aug 8, 7:00 pm
Hosted by Rupak and Britney Gandhi
7499 16th St S, Fargo, ND, 58104

$25 members, $35 non-members

Dry Rieslings

Riesling is a versatile grape now grown all over the world. Its color can range from a light straw to deep yellow. It usually has intense aromas of fruits that rise from the glass and the flavors can range from lemon/lime to pineapple and apricot as it goes from less to more ripe. Traditionally, many rieslings are made in a sweeter style but the largest riesling producing region in the world, Alsace, is famous for their aromatic dry white wines. Join us on Saturday, July 11 as we explore a world of dry rieslings. In my humble opinion, they are the perfect wines to enjoy on a warm summer evening.

Dry Riesling
Saturday, July 11, 7:00 pm
Hosted by Greg and Lisa Cook @ 4e Winery
3766 156th Ave SE, Mapleton, ND 58059
$25 members • $35 non-members

Central Italy

The wines of Central Italy. When you think of Italian wine regions, the central regions of Toscana, Umbria, Abruzzo and Lazio, among others, comes to mind. Gentle sun-kissed hills lined with row after row of verdant vines filling the landscapes. And the wines are delicious. Please join us on Saturday, June 13 as we smart restart our monthly wine tastings. We will be gathering at Dakota Vines Vineyard and Winery down near Colfax at 7:00 pm. We will have plenty of room to spread out people and spread out the wines so that everyone can be comfortable. We do ask if you are feeling ill not to attend and we encourage robust hand hygiene. We want to make sure there is space for everyone to be at their comfort level. We are looking forward to seeing you next weekend.

Central Italy 
Saturday, June 13, 7:00 om
Hosted by Bob and Deb Grosz
Dakota Vines Vineyard and Winery
17355 Co Rd 4, Colfax, ND 58018
$25 members • $35 nonmembers

AWS Wine Tastings moving forward

AWS Wine Tastings

On-Line Wine  
Thank you yo everyone who has joined us for our weekly on-line wine tastings and fun trivia. This has helped all of us stay sane during the last few months of sheltering at home. As Lisa and I are working on safely opening our winery this weekend and we have our first customers of the year coming to 4e Winery, I won’t be able to host our weekly wine meetup on Saturday. Because it was so much fun, we look forward to incorporating some regular additional on-line meet up and trivia nights in the future. This will let those folks who are not in the FM area keep connected with us.

Wine Tasting Events – Central Italian Wines – June 13
As we slowly enter a new normal of social interaction, we will be holding wine tasting events again starting in June with our next tasting June 13 at 7:00 pm hosted by Dakota Vines Vineyard and Winery. We will be sending out more details next weekend. This is a great venue to begin meeting as we will be able to spread out and continue to allow for social distancing while at the same time enjoy tasting and each other’s company. We know that not everyone is yet comfortable being out in public and that’s ok. We are striving to create an event that allows everyone to be safe and control their personal space. We are looking forward to seeing all of you again.

Cheers,

Greg

Weekly Wine On-Line

TRIVIA EDITION – Think you know wine? Bring it!

Join us for an on-line meetup every Saturday evening at 7:00 pm. Grab a bottle of wine and join the fun. Open up anything you want to share and we’ll all talk about it together. Join the trivia games and see how well you know wine.  We will be meeting using the interactive Zoom platform. If you are unfamiliar with zoom, check it out ahead of time at http://zoom.us. More information and a link to our zoom meetup is below.

Topic: Weekly Wine On-Line
Time: Every week on Saturdays at 07:00 PM Central Time

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Meeting ID: 821 9072 8101

EOTW Virtual Tasting

Please forgive my light hearted approach to these serious times. But we all could use a nice glass of wine and some community about now. Please join us this Saturday evening for a Red River Valley American Wine Society Pandemic virtual tasting. Yes, it’s time for you to go down into your cellars and pull out that great bottle you’ve been saving for the End Of The World. Dust it off, pop the cork, turn on your camera and join us online to share. There’s no time like the present and there’s no reason to keep that special bottle waiting. Don’t have a special bottle you’re saving? That’s ok. Open up anything you want to share and we’ll all talk about it together. We will be meeting using the interactive Zoom platform. If you are unfamiliar with zoom, check it out ahead of time at http://zoom.us. More information and a link to our zoom meetup is below. Don’t want to use zoom? You can always call in audio on your phone using the meeting ID below, but we’d love to see you live. See you all on Saturday!

End Of The World Virtual Tasting
Saturday, April 4, 7:00 pm

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Meeting ID: 438 430 469

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