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Virtual AWS National Convention

  • 4 Nov 2020
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  • 7 Nov 2020
  • (PST)
  • Online

Our National AWS Conference will be FREE this year. It will be open to all members and it will be virtual. It is scheduled for Wednesday, November 4 Saturday, November 7. Schedule details will follow. Here is a preview:

Bewitching, Beguiling, Bewildering BRUNELLO!!!

Presenter: Sharron McCarthy, former VP of Wine Education at Banfi Vintners

Wines: Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino, Castello Banfi Rosso di Montalcino, and Banfi Centine Rosso.   These are available at our local Fine Wines and Spirits Stores

Pioneering Oregon Wine

Presenter: Jim Bernau, Founder, Willamette Valley Vineyards

Wines: 2016 Bernau Block Chardonnay, 2018 Vintage 45 Pinot Noir, and 2017 Metis Red Blend

Willamette Valley Vineyards is offering a 50% discount on these wines when ordered directly from the winery. You will either call the winery to order at 800-344-9463 or order online using a discount code

The Fortified Wines of Iberia:

Presenter: Paul Wagner, Founder, Balzac Communications & Marketing

Wines: Sherry: Fino and/or Amontillado, Port: Tawny and/or Ruby, and Madeira: Bual and/or Malmsey

No particular producers are suggested so you may have whichever wines of those styles that are available in your local area or, perhaps, already in your cellar. Remember, fortified wines do not have to be consumed quickly so you can enjoy them over several evenings, or several weeks!

Chateau Musar, an icon in the world of wine

Presenter: Bartholomew Broadbent, CEO, Broadbent Selections Inc.

Wines: Musar Jeune Rouge, Chateau Musar Hochar Pere et Fils, Chateau Musar Rouge, Chateau Musar Blanc

The first wine is currently a Chairman Selection wine.  The other wines may be ordered online from wine.com and other sites. Broadbent Selections has pledged to donate 2% of all Chateau Musar wine sales through December 31 to the victims of the tragic explosion in Beirut.

There is no such thing as Australian Shiraz

Presenter: Mark Davidson, Head of Education, Americas, for Wine Australia

  • Wine 1 (pick one from group):  Torbreck Woodcutters Shiraz 2018, Schild Estate Shiraz 2017, Kaesler Stonehorse Shiraz 2016, Hewitson Ned and Harry’s Shiraz 2017, OR Tim Smith Buggalugs Shiraz 2018
  • Wine 2 (Pick one):  Shaw & Smith Adelaide Hills Shiraz 2016, Ashbook Estate Margaret River Shiraz 2017, Leeuwin Estate Siblings Margaret River Shiraz 2017, Howard Park Flint Rock Great Southern Shiraz 2016, OR Forrest Hill Highbury Fields Great Southern Shiraz 2017
  • Wine 3 (Pick one):  Tyrrell’s Hunter Valley Shiraz 2017, Ben Haines Shiraz Yarra Valley 2017, Punt Road Shiraz Yarra Valley 2017, Giant Steps Yarra Valley Syrah 2017, OR Innocent Bystander Yarra Valley Syrah 2018

Australian wines are available throughout the U.S. but specific wines may not be available locally. Go to your local wine retailer and see which wines on the list are available for purchase selecting one from each group.

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