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Serving Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, NC, and Vicinity
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Triangle Chapter Tastings
are Canceled/Postponed until a later date
due to the current health crisis

Tasting Schedule (all on hold)

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.

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General Information For Hosts & Presenters
2020 Officers Join National AWS

Melissa Porter
Lisa Tillis
Jeff Price
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Treasurer Sue Ohmann
Member at Large Theresa Thiel
Member Directory
(PDF, pswd req'd; Updated March 2019)
  • 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 $15/person, sometimes $20), 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 2020  #1 Rated Wines from Each Tasting
Year Wine                                          Rank Cost Score
2016 Clos Mogador 15% ABV                            1   $80  17.5

Results 2019  #1 Rated Wines from Each Tasting
Year Wine                                          Rank Cost Score
     California Red Blends
2017 Orin Swift 8 Years in the Desert
     Zinfandel Blend, ABV 15.5%                      1   $45  16.2
     The Wines of Costco
2015 Bogle Phantom Red Blend 14.5% ABV               1   $15  17.0
     The A List of Italian B Wines
2014 G.D. Vajra Bricco Delle Viole Barolo
     DOCG 13.5% ABV                                  1   $70  17.1
     National Tasting Project - Napa Valley

2015 Mount Veeder Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
     84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Malbec,
     4% Petit Verdot 14.5% ABV                       1   $43  16.7
     Exploring the Major Wine Regions of France
2014 Chateau Tour de Bessan Margaux Bordeaux Blend   1   $27  17.0
     Cru Beaujolais Wines
2016 Couvent des Thorins Moulin-à-Vent               1   $25  17.1
     Surprising Slovenia
2015 Colliano Cuvee Red 13.0% ABV 40% Cabernet Franc,
     30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot              1   $16  16.4
     Comparing the Wines of Argentina and Chile
2016 Vina Requingua Toro de Piedra (Chile)           1   $18  16.6
     Terroir - What Is It and Does It Really Matter?
2017 Vaglio 'Aggie' Tupungato (Uco Valley),
     Mendoza, Argentina                              1   $20  16.1
     Rhone - North vs. South
2016 Eric & Joel Durand - St. Joseph Les Coteaux     1   $25  16.6

For earlier annual summaries, see our Results page

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A few 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


A toast! Triangle Chapter, AWS
202 Plano Dr
Durham, NC 27703

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