Bordeaux Style Blends

Bordeaux is famous for their quality blends of classic grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and a few others. But they are not the only place in the world that makes astonishingly good blends in the style of Bordeaux.  Join us for a tour of Bordeaux style blends that starts in France, wanders around the US and ends up in South America. You will not want to miss this incredible tasting of classic grapes in a new world style.

Bordeaux Style Blends
Saturday, September 11, 7:00 pm
Hosted by Greg and Lisa Cook @4e Winery
3766 156th Ave SE, Mapleton, ND

$25 members, $35 non-members

Spanish Cava and Paella

Nothing says summer in Spain like Cava and Paella! Cava is the Spanish equivalent of Champagne – equally delicious and affordable! This delightful bubbly is typically made from Spanish grape varieties like Macabeu, Parellada and Xarel-lo, but they can also include some of the more familiar Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Garnacha and Monastrell. However you sparkle it, they are the perfect summer wine to go with hearty Spanish food. Join us for a cava tasting you won’t soon forget. Carlos will be preparing his famous Paella de Carlos to go along with the wine. Bring along a dish to share and if it has a Spanish flair, even better!

REMEMBER this tasting will be on FRIDAY, August 13.

Spanish Cava and Paella
*Friday, August 13, 7:00 pm
Hosted by Carlos and Lourdes Hawley
1102 10th St S, Fargo

$25 members, $35 nonmembers

Zinfandel

Yes it is July and that means we celebrate Zinfandels in all their glory. Why July? Because, Lisa’s birthday is in July and zinfandel is her favorite grape. So, yeah. Zin! And I say, why not? Just like Lisa is mine, this black skinned grape is America’s sweetheart. The grape originates from Croatia where it is know by the name, Crljenak Kastelanski. It is the same grape that is also called Primativo in Italy. These grapes have been grown in California for more than a century and there are still amazing old vines that are 100 years old producing out there. They grow gnarly and thick, like those pictured here from Lodi, California. And the wines they produce are robust and ripe with blackberry, anise and pepper. Join us as we rejoice in the flavors that are zinfandel.

Zinfandel, of course
Saturday, July 17 – 7:00 pm
Hosted by 4e Winery
3766 156th Ave, SE, Mapleton

$25 members, $35 non-members

Napa Cabernet – because we love it

Ready for round four? Yes, we have some Napa Cabernet Freaks in our midst and so we must partake of more from the valley that gives us great wine. There simply is no getting tired of it. Cabernet Sauvignon, the offspring of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, is a classic Bordeaux grape. Join us for more adventures in Napa.

Napa Cabernet – because we love it too much
Saturday, May 8, 2021
7:00 pm (note our normal start time)
Hosted by Tom and Barb Gravel
1242 Cimarron Blvd., West Fargo

$25 members, $35 non-members

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