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

Napa Cabernet

Napa Cabernet – the King of Grapes

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. Join us for an experience you won’t soon forget as we taste our way through some amazing Napa cabernet sauvignon wines.

Napa Cabernet
Saturday, August 11, 7:00 pm
hosted by Jane and Troy Schuh
@ the home of Courtnee and Ash Jensen
1320 Elm Circle N, Fargo

$25 members, $30 non-members

Please rsvp by Thursday, August 9.

Zinfandel – the Great American Grape

Zinfandel has a long history in America. It was brought to New York in 1820 by a fellow named George Gibbs from cuttings he obtained in Austria. By the 1850’s the grape was being cultivated in nurseries and made it’s way to Napa and Sonoma valleys. It once was the most planted varietal in California and made it’s way into most of the red “jug” wines that dominated in the middle of the 20th century. It has become adopted as an American grape. It is also the same grape as Primativo in Italy and both trace their roots to beginnings in Croatia.

My, how this grape has grown up. California is riddled with century old zinfandel plantings with gnarly trunks that produce some spectacular wines. Please join us for an evening of zinfandels that are true to delight all palates.

This tasting will be hosted at 4e Winery. Please note that we will be starting one hour earlier than normal.

Summer Zins
Saturday, July 14, 6:00 pm
hosted by Greg and Lisa Cook @ 4e Winery
3766 156th Ave SE, Mapleton (just southeast of the Casselton exit)

$25 members/$30 non-members

Please RSVP by Thursday, July 12

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.

Vino Oscuro

Babich, Valdiguie, Sagrantino, Bobal. These are just a few of the obscure grapes we will explore at our next AWS wine tasting. While we are most familiar with a handful of vinifera grape varieties for wine (e.g. Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir), there are over 10,000 different grape varieties for wine. Join us on Saturday,  May 12 to experience some of these lesser known more obscure varieties.

Vino Oscuro
Saturday, May 12, 2018, 7:00 pm
hosted by Tom and Barb Gravel
1242 Cimarron Blvd., West Fargo

$25 members, $30 non-members

rsvp by Thursday, May 10.

 

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.

Sensational Syrah

Darker yet softer than Cabernet with spicy peppery notes, the Syrah grape truly is a varietal to be reckoned with. Last year we had the opportunity to taste the Syrah grown in Australia, known there as Shiraz (sheeraz). In France and Italy, where it originated, the grape produce herbaceous wines with higher acidity whereas in the US and South America one finds Syrah that is fruit driven with lots of spice. Join us as we continue to explore the new world tastes of this sensational grape.

Sensational Syrah
Saturday, February 10, 7:00-10:00 pm
Hosted by Bob and Deb Grosz
2000 E. Rose Creek Parkway S, Fargo

$25 members, $30 non-members

Please rsvp by Thursday, February 8

 

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

On Safari in South Africa


Wine has been made in South Africa at least since the 17th century when Jan van Riebeeck from the Dutch East India Company was first tasked with planting vineyards at the Cape of Good Hope. After the phylloxera epidemic of the 1800’s, many vineyards were replanted with with varieties such as Cinsaut.  While they are well known for their distinctive Pinotage and Chenin Blanc grapes, their wine industry is blossoming with other varietals as well. With over 60 viticultural areas, mostly in the southwest, the country is producing stellar wines from Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz and others. Join us on safari through South Africa as we learn about the wines and the colonial history that spurred their growth.

On Safari in South Africa
Saturday, October 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, Oct 12