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The Triangle Chapter of the American Wine Society Presents

AWS National Tasting Project - The Wines of Washington State

March 15, 2020

4:00 p.m.

Home of Jeff Price and Lisa Tillis

Zebulon, NC

Presenter: Jeff Tillis

"The Wines of Washington State?" You've got to be kidding me! Who would ever think the wines of Washington State would be an ideal choice for the American Wine Society's National Tasting Project? Well, if this is your response to the idea, then you need to show up!

Washington is the second (2nd) largest premium wine producer in the United States and will be the location for the AWS Annual National Conference this year (dates are October 29-31). There are over 1000 wineries in Washington and more than 70 grape varietals are grown in these vineyards. Washington produces 17.5 million cases of wine each year (60% is red) yet, Washington wine lags well behind in consumer recognition. Wine experts attribute this to Washington's failure to shape its identify around one main varietal (as Oregon did with Pinot Noir) and also because of the similarity between the name of the state and the capital of our country. Many Washington winemakers have been asked, "On which side of the Potomac are your vineyards located?" Well, the Potomac is 3000 miles away from these vineyards that, in the capable hands of Washington's winemakers, have produced many varietals and blends of high quality wines

This tasting will explore the best of these wines with a few surprises to enrich your taste buds! So join us for this exciting wine tasting journey of the wines of Washington State!

Registration Deadline:
Seating Limit:
Registration Fee:
Payment Options:  Please note that members now have two options on how to pay their registration fee:
Email Sue Ohmann at to inform her you have sent a check. Check should be received within 3 business days
Send check (payable to Triangle Chapter AWS) to:
     Sue Ohmann
     8701 Mourning Dove Road
     Raleigh, NC  27615
  1. Log into your account at, select "Pay or send money," and choose sending money to friends and family (DO NOT choose paying for goods or services).
  2. Enter the recipient's email address information ( and name (Melissa Porter) and click "Next."
  3. Enter the amount (as specified above!) and click "Continue."
  4. Select Payment Method of choice.  If paying directly from your bank account or using PayPal balance, it is free.  If you pay with a credit card you get charged a small fee.  Confirm your payment details and click "Send Money Now."

We look forward to seeing you there!



American Wine Society

American Wine Society, Triangle Chapter
Lisa Tillis,  Secretary