Vino Oscuro

Babich, Valdiguie, Sagrantino, Bobal. These are just a few of the obscure grapes we will explore at our next AWS wine tasting. While we are most familiar with a handful of vinifera grape varieties for wine (e.g. Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir), there are over 10,000 different grape varieties for wine. Join us on Saturday,  May 12 to experience some of these lesser known more obscure varieties.

Vino Oscuro
Saturday, May 12, 2018, 7:00 pm
hosted by Tom and Barb Gravel
1242 Cimarron Blvd., West Fargo

$25 members, $30 non-members

rsvp by Thursday, May 10.

 

Sudamerica

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. Thus, there is a rich array of tastes to explore. Join us as we travel to Chile, Argentina and Uruguay to discover the flavors of the south.

Sudamerica

Saturday, April 14, 7:00 pm
Hosted by Scott and Lori Wood
1922 E Rosecreek Pkwy S, Fargo

$25 members, $30 non-members

please RSVP by Thursday, April 12

Not Napa

artwork by Natasha

California dominates the US wine industry with over 4,700 wineries and 85% of the US production. While Napa Valley considers themselves to be the crown jewel of the California wine industry, only 4% of California’s grapes come from Napa. That means there is a whole lot of wine being made from other regions of the state. From the North Coast to the Central Valley, great wine is being produced from over 100 different grape varieties grown in an equal number of microclimates around the state, and often at a better price point than an Napa designate. Join us in the rebellion as we break out away from Napa in search of California’s best.

Not Napa
Saturday, March 10, 2018
7:00 pm
Hosted by Greg and Lisa Cook
1338 10th St S, Fargo

$25 members, $30 non-members

rsvp by Friday, March 9.

Sensational Syrah

Darker yet softer than Cabernet with spicy peppery notes, the Syrah grape truly is a varietal to be reckoned with. Last year we had the opportunity to taste the Syrah grown in Australia, known there as Shiraz (sheeraz). In France and Italy, where it originated, the grape produce herbaceous wines with higher acidity whereas in the US and South America one finds Syrah that is fruit driven with lots of spice. Join us as we continue to explore the new world tastes of this sensational grape.

Sensational Syrah
Saturday, February 10, 7:00-10:00 pm
Hosted by Bob and Deb Grosz
2000 E. Rose Creek Parkway S, Fargo

$25 members, $30 non-members

Please rsvp by Thursday, February 8

 

Northern Italy

From Piemonte to Veneto, the northern regions of Italy are home to some of the finest wines in the world. This is the area where Nebbiolo reigns supreme yet Prosecco plays an important role in the vibrant lifestyles of the people of the region. Italy is all about wine and food and living life to its fullest. Join us as we tour the tastes of Northern Italy.

Northern Italy
Saturday, November 11, 2017, 7:00 pm
Hosted by Rebecca Knutson
3526 1st St N, Fargo **Note new address

$25 members, $30 non-members

rsvp by Thursday, November 9

On Safari in South Africa


Wine has been made in South Africa at least since the 17th century when Jan van Riebeeck from the Dutch East India Company was first tasked with planting vineyards at the Cape of Good Hope. After the phylloxera epidemic of the 1800’s, many vineyards were replanted with with varieties such as Cinsaut.  While they are well known for their distinctive Pinotage and Chenin Blanc grapes, their wine industry is blossoming with other varietals as well. With over 60 viticultural areas, mostly in the southwest, the country is producing stellar wines from Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz and others. Join us on safari through South Africa as we learn about the wines and the colonial history that spurred their growth.

On Safari in South Africa
Saturday, October 14, 7:00 pm
hosted by Scott and Lori Wood
1922 E Rosecreek Pkwy S, Fargo

$25 members, $30 non-members

please RSVP by Thursday, Oct 12

Syrah or Shiraz? Shiraz!

You say Syrah, we say Shiraz. This noble grape from Europe has planted its feet around the globe and is known by many names. But no one expresses ‘shiraz’ like the Aussie’s from down under. Join us as we tour the southern coast of Australia through this rich red wine.

Syrah or Shiraz? Shiraz!
Saturday, Sep 9, 2017, 7pm
Hosted by Dogan Comez and Dana Gulaj
2806 1st St N, Fargo

$25 members, $30 non-members

Please rsvp by Thursday, Sep 7

Txacolina – the wine you’ve never heard of, but really must try

Travel with us to the Basque region of Spain and France where we are going to celebrate August with Txakoli (cha-co-LEE), or Txacolina (cha – co – LEE – na). It is an effervescent primarily white wine from this magical region of Europe. It is high in acid and low in alcohol and is typically served very cold. Also, it is often served with the bottle held high above the glass: The High Pour. It goes well with hot weather and tapas or, as we prefer it, with Paella de Carlos™. Txakoli has been described as “refreshingly bracing and light bodied, with a gentle sparkling effect. Aromas of citrus and white fruits, together with herbal notes, are followed by flavors of lemon, lime, apple, pear, and sometimes pineapple, which combine with a mineral or saline edge leading to a pleasantly zesty finish. Many exhibit a palate cleansing, sherbet-like quality.” This wine was a Basque secret for many years and was even on the decline there until a revival in the 1980s. This wine is now available throughout the wine-drinking world, especially the USA. Txakoli is, generally, low in alcohol, ranging normally from 9.5% to 11.5%, making it a favorite on hot summer days. The cold temps, the high pour, and the bubbles make drinking Txakoli wines an event.

Saturday, August 12 at 7:00 pm
Hosted by Carlos and Lourdes Hawley
1102 10th St S, Fargo

$25 members, $30 non-members

Please RSVP by Thursday, August 10.

Fruit of the North

Growing grapes in northern tiers presents many challenges. There are thousands of grape varieties that have been cultivated for wine across the globe. Most of us have only had a chance to taste a small handful of vinifera grapes that grow in moderate climates. These, of course, are the Merlots, the Cabernets, and the Chardonnays, etc. But grapes are indigenous to almost every part of the world, including the frozen north. A great deal of research has gone in to breeding grapes with exceptional wine qualities that can withstand harsher climates and ripen well. And wine grapes are being grown successfully in northern Europe and across the Northern US and Canada. Join us as we explore some of the delicious wines that the northern latitudes have to offer.

Fruit of the North
Saturday, June 10, 7:00-10:00 pm
Hosted by Bob and Deb Grosz
2000 E. Rose Creek Parkway S, Fargo

$25 members, $30 non-members

Please rsvp by Thursday, June 8

 

California Pinot

Although the Burgundians (and I) may argue, some of the finest Pinot Noir wines in the world are coming from California. Made famous by the movie Sideways about the Santa Barbara wine region, the delicate and versatile Pinot Noir grape really expresses terroir. And there is an amazing diversity of climates and terrains in California producing amazing wines up and down the coast from Russian River Valley and Carneros, to Santa Barbara. If you love this grape as much as I, this tasting is one you must attend.

California Pinot Noir
Saturday, May 13, 2017, 7:00 pm
Hosted by Kathy Neugebauer
4412 S. River Estates Way, West Fargo

$25 members, $30 non-members

RSVP by Thursday, May 11