American Wine Society Triangle Chapter, American Wine Society
Serving Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, NC, and Vicinity
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Man and woman toastingThe purpose of the Triangle Chapter of the American Wine Society is to promote the appreciation and responsible enjoyment of wine and to educate its members on all aspects of wine.

We do this primarily through monthly wine tastings (see our schedule) held at members' homes and other locations in the Triangle area of North Carolina, plus occasional trips outside our area.

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French Sampler
February 21

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Tasting Schedule

General Information For Hosts & Presenters 2016 Officers

Chair Ira Blumenthal
Secretary Helen Spain
Treasurer Sue Ohmann
Program Chair Mark Spain

Webmaster: Fred Brack
New AWS Member Benefit:  Show the manager at any NC Total Wine & More your AWS membership card for a 15% discount on any mixed case of "Winery Direct" wine.

Two glasses of red wine

There is no fee to join the Triangle Chapter, but membership in the national American Wine Society is required to be a member of our chapter.  (But you can try us out for free – read on!).

Any adult who appreciates and would like to learn more about wine is welcome to join us for a few tastings without first joining the national Society.  Simply request to be added to our mailing list (link above), and we will welcome you at several tastings before you have any commitment to join the AWS.  You will be charged the same fee as members for the tasting (usually $15/person), and we usually ask all attendees to bring a dish and/or wine to share after the tasting.  You won't believe how good the food is at our tastings!

If a Triangle AWS chapter MEMBER is unable to drink wine at a given tasting (e.g., temporarily taking medication incompatible with alcohol consumption) but would still like to enjoy the educational and social aspects of the gathering, he/she may be able to attend (space permitting) for a nominal fee, generally $5, to help cover expenses and offset the income that would otherwise be used to purchase wine. No non-drinking discount is available to guests.

Should you wish to join national AWS (required to become a member of the local chapter after trying us out!), here are the membership fees (which include several publications):

    AWS National Membership Signup
We look forward to seeing you.


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Results Year-to-Date (2016)  #1 Rated Wines from Each Tasting
Year Wine                                          Rank Cost Score
     Contemporary Blends

2008 Gamble Family Vineyards Heritage Red - Napa     1   $30  16.2   

Results Year-to-Date (2015)  #1 Rated Wines from Each Tasting
Year Wine                                          Rank Cost Score
     Winter Wines

2009 Domaine Jean Deydier Fils Chatwauneuf-du-Pape   1   $40  16.7 
     Chocolate & Wine Parings
2008 Graham's LBV Port                               1   $24  16.7
     Greek Wines
---- Kotrotsos Mavrodaphne of Patras NV Mavrodaphne  1   $14  16.2
Costières de Nîmes Wines
2012 Chateau de Nages Buti Nages Rouge               1   $12  16.0
Wagner Family of Wines
2012 Caymus 40th Anniversary Cabernet Sauvignon      1   $25  17.1
     AWS National Tasting Project
2013 Glatzer Blaufränkisch (Austria)                 1   $17  16.0
     California vs France (Blind)
2010 - Stratton Lummis Cabernet Sauvignon (CA)       1   $29  16.0
     The World of Pinot Noir
2013 Framingham Pinot Noir Marlborough New Zealand   1   $23  15.9
     Barolo and Aglianico Wines
2009 Mastroberardino Taurasi "Radici"                1   $73  16.1
     Sparkling Wines
NV Ca'del Bosco Cuvée Prestige  asi                  1   $25  16.2

Results Year-to-Date (2014)  #1 Rated Wines from Each Tasting
Year Wine                                          Rank Cost Score
Mystery Wines
2013 Alexakis Vidiano                               1   $15  15.3
2010 Chateau Les Barraillots (Margaux)              1   $28  16.5 
Wines of the Veneto
2010 La Giaretta Amarone Classico                   1   $30  18.0 
     Refreshing Chenin Blanc
2009 Domaine de la Croix-FR Vouvray Grand Liquoreux 1   $39  16.0 
Eastern European Wines
2008 Royal Tokaji Aszu 5 Puttonyos (Sweet Desert)   1   $48  16.8 
     Spanish Wines - NTP
2009 Condado de Haza Tinto                          1   $25  16.7 
     Cabs of the World
2009 Eponymous Cabernet Sauvignon Napa California)  1   $57  15.1

Results Year-to-Date (2013)  #1 Rated Wines in Each Tasting
Year Wine                                          Rank Cost Score
2010 Domaine Collotte Marsannay
        Les Champsalomon                            1   $35  15.6 
2007 Casa E di Mirafiore Barolo                     1   $40  17.2 

2008 Torbreck The Steading                          1T  $36  15.9

2011 Can Blau Cellar Can Blau                       1T  $17  15.9

2010 Perrin et Fils Vinsobres                       1T  $20  15.9 
2009 Benziger Merlot (Sonoma)                       1   $18  16.3 
Red, White, and Blue
2012 St. Supery Sauvignon Blanc (Napa)              1   $12  16.7 
2008 Alla Costiera VoVecchio                        1   $25  16.3 
2007 Barbera d'Alba Superiore DOC G.D Vajra         1   $37  16.2 
Wine Under $20
2009 Vinha da Defesa  Alentejo, DOC                 1   $15  15.3 
1997 Kopke Colheita                                 1   $30  17.0 
Red Blends
2008 Stevens 424 (Yakima Valley)                    1T  $35  14.8 

     Red Blends
2011 Orin Swift The Prisoner (Napa)                 1T  $38  14.8 
     Petit Syrah-Napa
2011 Biale Royal Punishers Petit Syrah              1   $39  16.4 

Here's what we've been up to!

Port Tasting
Port Tasting at Triangle Wine Company, Feb '13

Whole Foods Wine Tasting
We applaud our presenter David Faircloth at Whole Foods, Sept '12

Dinner at St Jacques
January 2012 Chapter Dinner at St Jacques

2011 Conference Banquet
The Spains, Bracks, and Goffs (rear) attended the
2011 AWS Conference in Rochester in November

Conference Port Tasting
Ready to taste the first 8 of 12 upscale Ports in Rochester!

Oktoberfest 2010
Oktoberfest 2010 with our appropriately dressed hosts,
the Buenzlis!  The food was fantastic.

September 2010 Tasting
National Tasting (South America) September 2010
at A Step to Gold International Ballroom

Barley and Vine
April 2010 South Africa Tasting at Barley & Vine

Alta Oakridge Rhone Tasting 10/09
October 2009 Rhone Tasting at Alta Oakridge

Fruit Wines Tasting
July 2009 Fruit Wines Tasting under the tent at Eno River Vineyards

Organic Wine Tasting June 2009
June 2009 Organic Wines at Whole Foods, Cary

Spanish Wine Tasting 1 Spanish Wine Tasting 2
2008 Spanish Wine Tasting

North Hills Club
2008 South African Wine Tasting

Malbec Tasting 1 Malbec Tasting 2
2007 Malbec under the tent at Eno River Vineyards

Rhone Wine Tasting Member with attitude!
2006 Tasting Photos

Benjamin Winery Press and Storage Room Members learn about planting vines
Triangle AWS members visit Benjamin Vineyards Winery, June 2005


A toast! Triangle Chapter, AWS
4125 Settlement Drive
Durham, NC 27713

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