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Next Triangle Chapter Tasting

Hungarian Wines
July 21, 2024
in Cary

Tasting Schedule

The 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.

Porter House, all attendees, August 2022
Burgundy Wine Tasting at the Porters
August 2022

General Information For Hosts & Presenters
Officers (2024) Join National AWS

Al and June Decker (co-chairs)
Theresa Thiel
Kathy Conn
Treasurer Melissa Porter
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Members at Large Dathan Kazsuk, Jennifer Primrose
Member Directory - PDF, password protected
  • Individual $49 - (multi-year discount available)
  • Household $62 (two people at the same address; multi-year discount available)
  • Professional $99 (up to two people at the same address)
  • Student $25 (individual, over age 21)
  • Half-year $35 (after July 1 - new members only - up to two people at the same address)
  • Lifetime $950 (no minimum age - up to two members in the same household)

Join Now - see more info below...

Wine Glasses Woman with wine glassThere 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.  (However, 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 (typically $25/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), the membership fees are shown above (membership includes several publications and industry discounts).  AWS National Membership Signup.



MOBILE USERS: We apologize, but depending on your phone, these tables might not fit your phone width.  You will see them better, however, by turning your phone sideways.

Results 2024  #1 Rated Wines from Each Tasting
Year Wine                                          Rank Cost Score
     Cellar Favorites
2010 Three Wine Company Red Blend                     1  $44  17.8
     National Tasting: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir  
2021 Boen Pinot Noir Sonoma County / Monterey County
     / Santa Barbara County                           1  $32  15.1
     Wines Down Under
2021 Mollydooker Gigglepot Cabernet Sauvignon         1  $55  16.9
     The Wines of Argentina
2019 Siesta Ernesto Catena Zapata Cab Franc           1  $49  17.9
     Explore the Great Wines of Germany
nv   Weinhaus Schloss Koblenz, Weisslack Trocken Sekt 1  $16  14.9

Results 2023  #1 Rated Wines from Each Tasting
Year Wine                                          Rank Cost Score
2019 Chateau Prieure-Lichine Margaux 13.5%           1  $68  17.3
2015 Salentein Single Vyd. Valle de Uco              1  $62  16.7
     Wines of Abruzzo
2018 Sinello Montepulciano Reserva                   1  $30  16.7
     Aromatized Wines
     Cocchi Barolo Chinato                           1  $56  16.4
     How to Judge Wines
2019 Daou Bodyguard Red 65% Petite Verdot 35%
     Petite Sirah 14.8% ABV                          1  $39  17.4
     French Wines Taste-Off
2020 Domaine Giuliani Tradition Chateauneuf Du Pape  1  $40  16.4
2020 Chateau Les Barraillots Margaux Cru Artisan     1  $35  16.4
     Southern Rhone
2019 E. Guigal Gigondas                              1  $43  15.5
NV   Domaine de Durban Muscat Beaume De Venise       1  $22  15.5
     Red Blends
2019 Mollydooker Two Left Feet
     (Shiraz, Cabernet, Merlot) - AU                 1  $28  17.9
     Taste of the Town
2016 Three Wine Company CMZ California               1  $49  17.8
     Arizona Wines
2018 Naga Caduceus Cellars                           1  $58  16.5
     Bordeaux Wines
2018 Grand Periples                                  1  $44  16.7

Results 2022  #1 Rated Wines from Each Tasting
Year Wine                                          Rank Cost Score
     Antolini Wines
2018 Antolini Amarone della Valpolocella Moropio
     DOCG                                            1  $75  17.7
     Exploring the Wine of Bolgheri
2019 Gaja Ca'Marcanda "Magari" 60% Cabernet Franc,
     30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot
     14.5% ABV                                       1  $72  17.6
     Unusual Wine Varieties
2019 Visintini Schioppettino IT DOC Friuli Colli
     Orientali                                       1  $15  16.1
2018 Domaine Follin-Arbelet - Aloxe-Corton 1er Cru
     "Clos du Chapitre" 13.5% ABV                    1 $102  17.5
     Italian Wines by Sunrise Wines
NV   Il Covo Teatro Latino
     33% Nero d'Avola, 33% Merlot, 33% Syrah 14% ABV 1       17.9
     National Tasting Project - Wines of Sicily
2018 Donnafugata Ben Rye' 100% Zibibbo 14.0% ABV ½   1  $36  16.5
     Brothers from a Different Mother
2018 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon WA 13.9%ABV  1  $16  16.5
     Rose All Day
2020 Les Lauzeraies Tavel Rose Rhone Region France
     14.5% ABV                                       1  $17  16.8

Results 2021  #1 Rated Wines from Each Tasting
Year Wine                                          Rank Cost Score
     Zinfandel Blends
2019 The Prisoner (The Prisoner) Zinfandel,
     Petite Sirah, Syrah, Charbono 15.5% ABV         1  $45  17.0
     Dr Konstantin Frank Winery
2019 Gruner Veltiner 12.5% ABV                       1  $12  16.0
2017 Chateau de Beaucastel 30% Grenache 30% Mourvedre
     15% Syrah 10% Counoise 5% Cinsault 14.5% ABV    1  $56  17.7
     Wines of Lebanon
2018 Musar Jeune Chateau Musar 50% Cinsault,
     30% Syrah, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon 13.5% ABV     1  $23  16.8
     Unusual Varietals
2014 Tofanelli Bonardo (Charbono) Napa 14.1% ABV     1  $40  17.6
     Rickety Bridge Winery
2019 Rose' of Pinotage 13% ABV                       1  $18  16.5
     Wines to Die For!!! Killer Wines For a Great Price
2018 Eagle Glen, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley     1  $27  17.7
     The Wines of Illyria
2016 Carski Vinogradi Deep Red Cuvee Mostar, Bosnia
     Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Trnjak,
     Vranac 13.7% ABV                                1  $45  17.0
     France vs. Italy
2016 Dei, Vino Nobilo De Montelpuciano 90% Prugnolo
     Gentile (Sangiovese), 10% Canaiolo Nero Italy   1  $34  16.3
     Special Occasion Wines
2012 Tenuta II Palagio Sting Wine Message in a Bottle
     Rosso Toscano IGT 70% Sangiovese 15% Syrah
     15% Merlot 13.0% ABV Italy                      1  $22  16.2

Results 2020  #1 Rated Wines from Each Tasting
Year Wine                                          Rank Cost Score
     Washington State Wines
2016 Chateau Ste. Michelle Born of Fire 13.5% ABV    1   $22  17.5
2016 Clos Mogador 15% ABV                            1   $80  17.5
     Ancient Wines of Sicely
2018 Colosi Nero d'Avola 14% ABV                     1   $20  16.2

For earlier annual summaries, see our Results page

A few more tasting photos ...

Members' Dinner at the Bogdanskis
Members' Dinner at the Bogdanskis
March 2019 - Thanks Ed, Pat, and Family!

Jeff, Mark, Karen, and Carter
Jeff, Mark, Karen, and Carter
at the March 2018 Chapter Wine Dinner
Hosted by John McNeirney and Renee Palmer

Chef John Gates
Chef John Gates Prepares Dumplings
at the 2018 Chapter Wine Dinner

Holiday Tasting December 2016
December 2016:  Holiday Tasting (members brought wines)

Portuguese Wines
September 2016:  Portuguese Wines

Rating Lodi Wines Enjoying Lodi Wines
June 2016:  Enjoying the Wines of Lodi

At Mary Kay's
April 2016:  Rating the Italian Boutique Wines


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