AWS Wine Tastings moving forward

AWS Wine Tastings

On-Line Wine  
Thank you yo everyone who has joined us for our weekly on-line wine tastings and fun trivia. This has helped all of us stay sane during the last few months of sheltering at home. As Lisa and I are working on safely opening our winery this weekend and we have our first customers of the year coming to 4e Winery, I won’t be able to host our weekly wine meetup on Saturday. Because it was so much fun, we look forward to incorporating some regular additional on-line meet up and trivia nights in the future. This will let those folks who are not in the FM area keep connected with us.

Wine Tasting Events – Central Italian Wines – June 13
As we slowly enter a new normal of social interaction, we will be holding wine tasting events again starting in June with our next tasting June 13 at 7:00 pm hosted by Dakota Vines Vineyard and Winery. We will be sending out more details next weekend. This is a great venue to begin meeting as we will be able to spread out and continue to allow for social distancing while at the same time enjoy tasting and each other’s company. We know that not everyone is yet comfortable being out in public and that’s ok. We are striving to create an event that allows everyone to be safe and control their personal space. We are looking forward to seeing all of you again.

Cheers,

Greg

Weekly Wine On-Line

TRIVIA EDITION – Think you know wine? Bring it!

Join us for an on-line meetup every Saturday evening at 7:00 pm. Grab a bottle of wine and join the fun. Open up anything you want to share and we’ll all talk about it together. Join the trivia games and see how well you know wine.  We will be meeting using the interactive Zoom platform. If you are unfamiliar with zoom, check it out ahead of time at http://zoom.us. More information and a link to our zoom meetup is below.

Topic: Weekly Wine On-Line
Time: Every week on Saturdays at 07:00 PM Central Time

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Meeting ID: 821 9072 8101

EOTW Virtual Tasting

Please forgive my light hearted approach to these serious times. But we all could use a nice glass of wine and some community about now. Please join us this Saturday evening for a Red River Valley American Wine Society Pandemic virtual tasting. Yes, it’s time for you to go down into your cellars and pull out that great bottle you’ve been saving for the End Of The World. Dust it off, pop the cork, turn on your camera and join us online to share. There’s no time like the present and there’s no reason to keep that special bottle waiting. Don’t have a special bottle you’re saving? That’s ok. Open up anything you want to share and we’ll all talk about it together. We will be meeting using the interactive Zoom platform. If you are unfamiliar with zoom, check it out ahead of time at http://zoom.us. More information and a link to our zoom meetup is below. Don’t want to use zoom? You can always call in audio on your phone using the meeting ID below, but we’d love to see you live. See you all on Saturday!

End Of The World Virtual Tasting
Saturday, April 4, 7:00 pm

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Meeting ID: 438 430 469

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Napa Cab Again

If the last couple years of AWS tastings haven’t already told you, 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, March 14 for round three of our tour of Napa cabernets.

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Saturday, March 14, 2020
Hosted by 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

World GSM

Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre are the three classic grapes in the red blends from the Côtes du Rhône region of France. GSM blends tend to be on the bolder end of the red wine spectrum. Grenache, the lightest of these grapes, adds raspberry, cinnamon and candied fruit flavors. Syrah can add darker notes of blueberry and black olives. While Mourvèdre provides tannin structure and floral and herbal notes of lavender and rosemary. Although these grapes are classically French, they are now grown all over the world and fantastic GSM blends can be found from nearly every corner of the world. This tasting will allow you to travel the world of GSM and you will not want to miss it.

World GSM
Saturday, February 8, 2020 – 7:00 pm
Hosted by Greg and Lisa Cook
1338 10th St S, Fargo, ND 58103

$25 members, $35 non-members

Petit Verdot

Petit Verdot (“peh-tee vur-doe”), named after its small black berries, has long been used as a blending grape in Bordeaux, France. It used to be difficult to find varietal wines made from this grape. However, as the plantings of this full bodied, dark and tannic grape has spread across the globe, more wines featuring this grape front and center have emerged. Join us for an exquisite and unique tasting of this venerable grape from Italy, to Spain, to Argentina and California. The wines provide aromas of plums, lilacs, violets and sage that complement the gravel minerality that can be present in this grape.

Petite Verdot
Saturday, November 9, 2019, 7:00 pm
Hosted by Rebecca Knutson
3526 1st St N, Fargo

$25 members, $35 non-members

 

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

This is the tasting you’ve been waiting all year for. 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. We’ve been collecting the wines for this tasting for several years and they are finally ready for your scrutiny. Join us for an experience you won’t soon forget as we taste our way through some amazing Napa cabernet sauvignon wines.

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Saturday, October 12, 2019
Hosted by James and Tessa Hand @ Construction Engineers
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.

Note: this tasting is slightly more due to the higher cost of the wines.
$30 members, $40 non-members

Game of Rhones

The Rhone Valley lies in the south eastern area of France and is divided into northern and southern sub-regions. Grapes have been cultivated in this area, steeped in history, from around 600 BC. In the northern part, the most important grapes are Syrah and Viogner while the southern areas boast the famous red blends of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Northern Rhone has a continental climate that produces somewhat harsh winters and warm summers while the Mediterranean Sea dominates the climate in the south. The Rhone valley wines can be rich and intense with red blends of the classic Grenach, Syrah and Mourvedre varietals with a few other grapes sprinkled in. Join us as we taste two terrific vintages (2015 and 2016) of wines from this fascinating region of France. We have tried to source outstanding quality wines at affordable prices. Were we successful? You be the judge. We say . . GAME ON for Rhone Valley.

Game of Rhones
Saturday, September 14, 2019 – 6:00 pm
Hosted by Greg and Lisa Cook @ 4e Winery
3766 156th Ave SE, Mapleton (Casselton exit 331)

$25 members • $35 nonmembers

Bierzo

Bierzo – Spain’s best kept secret
Saturday, August 10, 2019, 7:00 pm
Hosted by Carlos and Lourdes Hawley
1102 10th St S, Fargo

$25 members, $35 nonmembers

In the northwest corner of Spain in the province of Leon and right next to the famous Galicia lies the area of Bierzo. Vineyards in this area are small and grown on hilly, rocky soil rife with granite and slate. Because of the terrain, grapes can only be handpicked in most of this region. Mencia is the star grape from the region with about 2/3 of the vineyard production but several other varieties are also grown here. The wines can range in intensity from something similar to a light Pinot Noir to a heavy tannic Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines often express a hint of violets with minerality and elegant tannins. This month we will be traveling to Bierzo on our tasting journey. While you will certainly want to come for the wine, you should also come for the Paella de Carlos™.

Red, White and Blau

July is a month to celebrate for many reasons. It is our Nation’s birthday and it is Lisa’s birthday. In their honor, please join us for a celebration of Red, White and Blau! We will be tasting that great “American” grape that actually came from Croatia and spread to Italy and the US. Of course we are talking about Zinfandel (Primitivo). Also on our tasting sheet are some great American bubblies and that wonderful grape from Austria, Blaufränkisch. Don’t miss these fireworks for your palate.

Please note: We will start this tasting one hour earlier than normal.

Red, White and Blau
Saturday, July 13, 2019 – 6:00 pm
Hosted by Greg and Lisa Cook @ 4e Winery
3766 156th Ave SE, Mapleton (Casselton exit 331)

$25 members • $35 nonmembers
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