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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Holiday Party
December 18
(Members Only)
Tasting Schedule

General Information For Hosts & Presenters 2016 Officers

Ira Blumenthal
Helen Spain
Sue Ohmann
Mark Spain

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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.  (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 and industry discounts):

    AWS National Membership Signup
We look forward to seeing you.


Results 2016  #1 Rated Wines from Each Tasting
Year Wine                                          Rank Cost Score
     Last Bottle Wines
2012 Casey Flat Proprietary Red (Capay Valley)      1    $15  16.8
     Wines With Halloween Candy
NV   Sandeman Founders Reserve Port (Portugal)      1    $16+ 16.9
     Portuguese Wines
2011 Callabriga Red (Dao)                           1    $20  17.3
     National Tasting - Rhone Rangers
2010 Derby "Fifteen 10" Red (Paso Robles, CA)       1    $28  16.6
     Celebrity Wines
2013 Jefferson Vineyards Meritage (Virginia)        1    $30  16.5
2013 Estate Crush Cinsault                          1    $26  16.9
2011 D66 Grenache Blend (Cotes Catalanes)           1    $40  17.1
     Boutique Italian Wines
2012 Caparsa Rosso di Caparsa (Toscana IGT)         1T   $18  15.9
2012 Carussin Sisto NA                              1T   $32  15.9
French Sampler
2014 Domaine Cheysson (AOC Chiroubles)              1T   $22  16.2 
2014 Domaine Cheysson L’Exception                   1T   $22  16.2
     (AOC Beaujolais Blanc)

     Contemporary Blends

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

Results 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                    1    $25  16.2

Results 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

A few tasting photos ...

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

Whole Foods Wine Tasting

Spanish Wine Tasting 1 Spanish Wine Tasting 2

Rhone Wine Tasting Member with attitude!

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Durham, NC 27713

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