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.

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

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.

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

Marilyn Merlot

Merlot, the great grape of Bordeaux, was much maligned after the 2004 movie Sideways character Miles the wine snob soundly criticized it with his now infamous refusal to quaff this grape. However, the blow to the merlot industry has only inspired producers to up their game and the merlots being produced today are truly outstanding. Some of these wines have even generated cult followings such as the Marilyn Merlot from Marilyn Wines and these wines sell out quickly every year. We have assembled a unique world tasting of merlot beginning with ones that, honestly, folks usually hoard away in their cellars and dare not touch. But we will definitely try them! This is a merlot tasting you will not want to miss.

Marilyn Merlot
Saturday, April 8
7:00 pm
Hosted by Rebecca Knutson
1116 8th St S, Fargo

$25 members
$30 non-members

please RSVP by Thursday, April 6

Over the Wall

When you think of wines from the south, thoughts of Argentinian malbecs and Chilean carmeneres come to mind. But there are fantastic wines being made much closer to the United States. Nestled in the valleys of Baja California just south of the border is a vibrant wine industry where top quality producers are growing cabernet sauvignon, zinfandel, syrah, tempranillo and many more. So come along with us as we climb over the wall to enjoy these delicious and unique wines. You’ll be over the moon about these wine from over the wall.

Over the Wall
Hosted by Tom and Barb Gravel
Saturday, March 11, 7:00 pm
1242 Cimarron Blvd., West Fargo

$25 members, $30 nonmembers

Please rsvp by Thursday, March 9.

Pinot Noir

pnMade famous by the movie Sideways about the Santa Barbara wine region, the delicate and versatile Pinot Noir grape calls Burgundy, France home. But now it’s grown across the world. Several regions have emerged as producers of high quality wine from this finicky grape; Russian River Valley and Carneros in California, Oregon, New Zealand, and even Switzerland and South Africa. Typically grown in cooler regions, this grape is light bodied with low tannins and can express a very wide range of flavors depending on the region and the climate.  Come join us as we explore the world of Pinot Noir.

Pinot Noir 
Saturday, October 8, 7:00 pm
Hosted by Mike and Melanie Carlson
713 5th Ave W, West Fargo
$25 members • $30 nonmembers
rsvp by Thursday, October 6