Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc, the venerable parent of Cabernet Sauvignon, is planted widely across the globe. However, it has rarely been used as a stand alone varietal for wine. It is usually blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in a Bourdeaux blend style. In recent years this grape has found its footing in areas of the world that express its unique characters and we are seeing more wines featuring this grape as the star. Lighter than Cabernet Sauvignon, these grapes produce savory and bright red wines with hint of herbaceousness and bell pepper.  Join us as we taste our way through Cabernet Franc.

Cabernet Franc
Saturday, May 11, 7:00 pm
Hosted by James and Tessa Hand
1565 Johnson Drive, Moorhead, MN 56560

$25 members, $35 non-members

Please rsvp by Thursday, May 9

Washington Cabernet Sauvignon

If you love Cabernet Sauvignon like we love Cabernet Sauvignon, you will not want to miss this tasting. Following on the spectacular Napa Cab tasting we did last season, this week we will tour Washington state in our continuing quest to discover all that there is to love about this grape. The price for the high quality of Washington cabs is unparalleled. It has become one of the dominant grapes of the state where more than 70,000 tons is being produced, and they have the highest percentage of wines scoring over 90 points by the wine critics of any region. Join us as we taste our way through the valleys of Washington with our cab glasses in hand.

Washington Cabernet Sauvignon
Saturday, April 13, 2019 – 7:00 pm
Hosted by Tom and Barb Gravel
1242 Cimarron Blvd., West Fargo

$25 members, $35 non-members

rsvp by Thursday, April 11.

P. S. I love you

DUE TO WEATHER, WE WILL POSTPONE THIS TASTING UNTIL MARCH 16.

On Mach 27, 2004, something special happened in the basement level of the Black Building in downtown Fargo. My friend, Mike Jore and I, organized our first meeting of the Red River Valley American Wine Society. That tasting drew a dozen or so interested folks who assembled to learn about and taste the Syrah grape. Since that fateful day in March, we have met over 160 times to learn about and enjoy this wonderful thing we call wine. Wine appreciation through education is our mission and that continues today stronger and more fun than ever.

Join us on Saturday, March 9 as we celebrate our anniversary and continue our tradition of education and tasting as we explore the world of Petite Sirah. First planted in the 19th century in California, the petite sirah grape was a mystery for a very long time. It wasn’t until 1997 that the grape was identified as being genetically identical to the durif grape in France. Petite sirah was long used as a blending grape for what was known as ‘Burgundy’ in California. The grape grows as small, compact berries with a very high skin-to-juice ratio that results in an almost inky-dark color and high tannins. This allows petite sirah to have a great aging potential. As a stand alone varietal, petite sirah in California outshines its twin in France. It produces a relatively acidic wine with herbal and black pepper components complimenting the dark fruits. We will be exploring wines made from this grape sourced from around the world.

PS I Love You – Petite Sirah
Saturday, March 16, 7:00 pm
Hosted by Rupak and Britney Gandhi
7499 16th St S, Fargo, ND, 58104

$25 members, $35 non-members

Please RSVP by Thursday, March 14

Mouvedre

You may call it Mouvèdre, Mataró, or Monastrell, but we like to call it mighty good. That’s because its thick skins, prominent tannins and dark color make for powerfully rich, earthy and savory red wines. It is often used as a blending grape in the Rhone Valley of France where it meets Syrah and Grenache found in the famous Chateauneuf-du-pape wines. It is also grown extensively in the Jumilla region of Spain, Barossa and McLaren Vale regions of Australia and now in most of the wine regions across the new world. Join us as we meander our way through a world tour of Mouvèdre.

Mouvèdre
Saturday, Feb 9, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Hosted by Greg and Lisa Cook
1338 10th St S, Fargo

$25 members, $35 non-members

Touriga Nacional

Wine regions around the world are often associated with the characteristic varieties of grapes that grow in those regions. For example, Australia has Shiraz, Burgundy has Pinot Noir, and Spain has Tempranillo. Undoubtedly the national grape of Portugal is Touriga Nacional. The  dry red wines of the Duoro Valley express the characteristic rich robust spicy black fruits with hints of violets because of this grape. It is also one of the main grapes used to produce the famous port wines of the region. The grape has migrated throughout the world and is now being grown in many new world regions. Please join us as we explore the many flavors of Tourgia Nacional in all its glory.

Touriga Nacional
Saturday, November 10, 7:00 pm
Hosted by Rebecca Knutson
3526 1st St N, Fargo

$25 members, $30 non-members

Northeast Spain

You may know of Spain’s famous Rioja and Ribera del Duero wine regions but there are many other areas that produce world class outstanding wines. This month we will travel to the northeastern part of Spain and enjoy the grapes of the area. While you will certainly want to come for the wine, you should also come for the Paella de Carlos™

Northeastern Spain
Saturday, October 13, 2018
7:00 pm
Hosted by Carlos and Lourdes Hawley
1102 10th St S, Fargo

Please RSVP by Thu, Oct 11

$25 members, $30 nonmembers

Aussie Cabernet

Last month’s Napa Cabernet wine tasting was certainly a tour de force of wine experiences. But our World Tour of Cabernet Sauvignon does not stop there. This venerable grape is grown throughout the world and expresses in unique ways. Next we will be heading down under where we will visit amazing grape growing regions along the south western coast of Australia. Powerful and luscious cabs from the moderate climates of Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale provide plush deep flavors with soft tannins. In Coonawarra, rich red terra rosa soils and and a warm to hot climate provides for great ripening to bring down those bell pepper flavors. And Margaret River provides a good balance of hot daytime temperatures and cooler evenings that lowers the acidity and reaches depths of ripeness other regions do not. Join us on Saturday, September 8 as we explore the Cabernets of Australia.

Aussie Cabernet
Saturday, Sep 8, 2018 – 7:00 pm
Hosted by Dogan Comez and Dana Gulaj
2806 1st St N, Fargo

$25 members, $30 non-members

Please rsvp by Thursday, Sep 6

Mediterranean Tour

From the stony cliffs of Corsica to the valleys and plateaus of Lebanon, the wine regions around the Mediterranean Sea offer a unique variety of soils, climates and grapes.  Join us as we tour the Mediterranean in search of fine wine and fun times. We will visit the islands of Crete and Sicily and make a stop in Israel along the way.

Mediterranean Tour
Saturday, June 9, 6:00 pm (note earlier start time)
Hosted by Mark Vining at Rookery Rock Winery
3660 147th Ave SE; Wheatland, ND 58079
Just north of the I-94 Absaraka exit

$25 members, $30 nonmembers

TRANSPORTATION

If there is enough interest, we will charter a bus to the event. The cost would likely be $15-$25 per person depending on the numbers. We anticipate the bus would leave from a Fargo location around 5:15 pm and return around 10:00 pm.

If you would like to ride the bus, please register at THIS LINK by Wednesday, June 6.

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.