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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Ira Blumenthal
Lisa Tillis
Sue Ohmann
Jeff Price
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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.  (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 2018  #1 Rated Wines from Each Tasting
Year Wine                                          Rank Cost Score
     Valpolicella and Amarone
2013 Montresor Recioto Valpolicella .5 liter         1   $45  18.1

Results 2017  #1 Rated Wines from Each Tasting
Year Wine                                          Rank Cost Score
     Washington State Wines
2012 Northstar Cabernet Sauvignon 14.5% ABV          1   $30  16.1
2015 Biale Black Chicken Napa Valley 14.8% ABV       1   $50  16.5
     White Bordeaux
2015 Chateau Granville-LaCoste 75% Semillon,
     20% Sauv Blanc, 5% Muscadelle Graves 12% ABV    1   $21  16.3
     Sustainable, Organic, Biodynamic Wines;
     AWS National Tasting Project 2017

NV   Fonseca Terra Bella Reserve Porto Douro Portugal
     20% ABV                                         1   $20  16.7
     Les Vins de Bourgogne
2013 Magnien Nuits-Saint-Georges Vieilles Vignes
     (Nuits-Saint-George) 13% ABV                    1   $53  16.0
     Surfing California Wine Regions

2014 Three Wine Co Zinfandel Central Valley 15.3%    1   $25  17.7
2015 George Albrecht Schneider Niersteiner Riesling
     vom Kalk 13.0 ABV (Germany, Rheinhessen)        1   $18  15.8    
     Boutique Wines of Chile and Argentina

2013 Garcia + Schwaderer, "Vigno" Carignane
     Maule Valley, Chile 14.5% ACH                   1   $53  17.1
     Dr. Konstantin Frank Wines
NV   Chateau Frank Celebe' 11.7% ACH
     Dr. Konstantin Frank                            1   $21  16.0
     The Wines of Alsace
2015 Sick-Dreyer Kaefferkopf Grand Cru (Alsace)      1   $36  16.0
     Southern Hemisphere Cabernet Sauvignon
2008 Gamble Family Vineyards Heritage Sites Red Wine 1   $30  16.2

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

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A few tasting photos ...

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

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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