Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon

The Central Coast of California stretches some 250 miles from south of the San Francisco Bay down to Santa Barbara County. Cool breezes from the Pacific combined with gravely fertile soil renders an extended growing season that yields concentrated wines with good acidity. Thus, these regions tend to produce outstanding Chardonnay with citrus flavors and crisp acidity while also giving deep rich red wines from Merlot, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon. It is the latter, our beloved Cabernet, that we are tasting this month. Join us as we travel down the coast of California, Cabernet glasses in hand!

Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon
Saturday, October 1, 7:00 pm (*Note: First Saturday of October)
Hosted by Michelle Sauer and Adam Bures
3730 Norman Ct S, Fargo, 58104

$25 members, $35 guests

World GSM

Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre! These are three important grapes that characterize the red wine blends of the Rhone Valley of France. Grenach is boisterous and fruity whereas Syrah and Mourvèdre tend to be dark and peppery. Blended together, they make for incredibly complex wines. Today, these blends are being produced all over the world and are prized for their bold flavors and age worthiness. This combination can present with primary flavors of raspberry, blackberry and spice with herbal notes of lavender and rosemary. They are dry, medium-full bodied wines that have balanced acidity and a good solid tannin structure. Join us on Saturday, September 10 for a world tour of GSM. You won’t want to miss it!

World GSM
Saturday, September 10 at 7:00 pm
hosted by Bob and Connie Jones
3306 26th Ave S, Fargo

$25 members, $35 guests


Rioja is a designated wine region in north central Spain that includes the communities of La Rioja, Navarra and the Basque province of Álava. The typical red grape varieties of the region include Tempranillo, Garnacha Tinta, Manzuelo and Graciano. More recently an indigenous variety called Maturana Tinta has been authorized to be used in Rioja wines. While there are a few white varieties grown there (Viura, Malvasía and Garnacha Blanca), red grapes comprise more than 90% of the production. This month, we will be exploring the wines of Rioja and enjoying the wonderful traditional Spanish tastes we have all come to love and know as Paella de Carlos™Make sure you join us for this exquisite Spanish wine tasting.

Saturday, August 13 at 7:00 pm
Hosted by Carlos and Lourdes Hawley
1102 10th St S, Fargo

$25 members, $35 non-members

Santa Barbara Pinot Noir

Made 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 and boy does it express terroir and regional differences. Over the years we have tried Pinot’s from Oregon, Carneros, Russian River Valley, New Zealand and South Africa, to name a few. But this month we are going right to the heart of Santa Barbara County to sample what made Sideways so famous. Join us on Saturday for a Pinot Noir tasting you won’t forget.

Santa Barbara Pinot Noir
Saturday, July 9, 7:00 pm
Hosted by Jane and Troy Schuh
812 Park Dr S, Fargo

$25 members, $35 non-members

McLaren Vale Shiraz

The McLaren Vale wine region is located in South Australia south of Adelaide. By far, Shiraz is the most widely grown grape in this region. We have enjoyed Syrah/shiraz from all over the world, but they have made it something special in McLaren Vale. So, we decided to focus solely on this region for our June tasting. The grapes enjoy a Mediterranean climate with fresh sea breezes that help moderate the temperatures. Join us as we explore these wonderful red wines from down under.

McLaren Vale Shiraz
Saturday, June 11 – 7:00 pm
Hosted by Eric and Emily DeBilt
8232 70th Ave S., Sabin, MN, 56580

$25 members, $35 non-members

Note from Emily about road construction:  For AWS for June at our place, a little road construction has thrown a wrench in normal travel to our place. We recommend taking I94 East to Co Rd 11 (Moorhead airport/Sabin, just past the weigh station) and South to Co Rd 12 then East. There will be resurfacing on Co Rd 52 and they are just finishing up resurfacing on Co Rd 12.

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.

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

$25 members, $35 non-members

Port – the quintessential fortified wine

You may have heard the old adage, ‘any port in a storm’. Well, I’m here to tell you that just isn’t right. Port wines are something special and have a deep rich history, and frankly, some are certainly worth seeking out for sipping in front of the fire during a storm! Dating from the 17th century, port wines are named after the seaport city of Porto in the Duoro region of Portugal. Port is made through traditional techniques of foot treading the grapes as they ferment. Then the fermentation is arrested by the addition of high proof brandy spirits to raise the alcohol level to the point where the yeast dies. This leaves behind residual sweetness. Ports are made in a variety of styles and may be vintages or blends of decades old ports. Ruby ports are most common and are typically younger, aged in steel to retain its fruit and vibrant red colors. Tawny ports are aged for years in oak barrels and the color turns golden brown like caramel. They achieve deep rich flavors. A sommelier once told me that aged tawny ports pair well with chocolate, caramel and nuts. So, it is the perfect accompaniment to a snickers bar! Join us for a port tasting unrivaled in our regions. We will be featuring twelve different ports in a variety of styles for our next tasting of the Red River Valley chapter of the American Wine Society.

Port – the quintessential fortified wine
Saturday, March 12, 7:00 pm
Hosted by Greg and Lisa Cook
1338 10th St S
Fargo, ND 58103

$25 members, $35 non-members

Bordeaux Blends Plus

You know you love Bordeaux blends, and you love Syrah. How about a tasting of red blends made from traditional Bordeaux grapes PLUS Syrah? That is the theme of this week’s AWS tasting. Let’s break some French rules and enjoy some truly unique red blends. Join us Saturday, Feb 12 for a taste of Bordeaux Plus!

Bordeaux Blends Plus Syrah
Saturday, February 12, 2022, 7:00 pm
Hosted by Ann Meisch
219 10th Avenue West, West Fargo

$25 members
$30 non-members*

*non-member guests may attend up to three wine tasting events. After that, we ask that you join the Red River Valley chapter of the American Wine Society. You won’t regret it!

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