Napa Cabernet revisited

If you haven’t figured it out yet, we just can’t get enough of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. There simply is no getting tired of it. Cabernet Sauvignon, the offspring of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, is a classic Bordeaux grape. But, arguably, Napa Valley has become the king of cabernet sauvignon wines. Recent years have produced some truly outstanding vintages in the Napa Valley and we haven’t run out of wines to taste yet. Join us on Saturday, May 14 for round five of our tour of Napa cabernets. It will be just as delicious and informative as always.

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Saturday, May 14, 2022
Hosted by Rupak and Britney Gandhi and James and Tessa Hand @ The Title Company building
35 4th St. N, Fargo, ND 5810

You may park in the lot south of the building.
The event space is on the second level.

$25 members, $30 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 some of the best robust red blends we can find.

*This tasting will start at 6:00 pm.

RED BLENDS
Saturday, April 9, 2022 – 6:00 pm
Hosted by Tom and Barb Gravel
1242 Cimarron Blvd., West Fargo

$25 members, $35 non-members

Washington Syrah

To say that Syrah is a success story in Washington State is an understatement. The grape was planted for the first time only as early as 1986 in the foothills of Mount Adams. It has spread across the state’s wine growing regions and in 2017, they produced over 20,000 tons of Syrah grapes. Needless to say, the quality of the wines made from Washington Syrah are world class. Join us as we traverse the pacific NW and taste our way through the world of Washington Syrahs.

Washington Syrah
Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021 – 7:00 pm
Hosted by Greg and Lisa Cook
1338 10th St S, Fargo, ND 58103

$25 members, $35 non-members

Tin City Wines

Nestled in an industrial park along the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail in Paso Robles, California, lies a wine tasters paradise. With a local farm to table type of vibe, Tin City serves up an eclectic array of craft beverages and local foods. It is certainly a place to put on your destination cards if you haven’t been there already. Twenty one wine producers in Tin City have been gathering accolades for their fantastic Paso Robles wines. And we will get to taste some! Join us on Saturday, October 9 as we focus our wine tasting on wines from Tin City. And, since Bev is hosting and this is October, you may just want to show up in your most outlandish Halloween costume! See you in Tin City!

Tin City Wines
Saturday, Oct. 9, 7:00 pm
Hosted by Bev Ellenbecker
438 4th Ave E, West Fargo

$25 members, $35 non-members

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