American Wine Society

Lehigh Valley Chapter

Upcoming events

    • 23 Apr 2021
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online (register to receive the meeting link)

    April Lehigh Valley Chapter Virtual Tasting

    We CAN Tasting

    Friday, April 23 2021, at 5 PM

    Hosts:  Dean & Bonnie Scott

     Register for event at LVAWS.ORG


    Dean and Bonnie Scott are going to host a “Virtual We Can Tasting” featuring wines in - you guessed it - CANS!  This will be a cost-effective way for everyone to participate in a tasting. Each can has about a glass and a half and costs about $5. The PA Fine Wine and Spirits stores have quite a selection of canned wines. Dean and Bonnie have tasted them all and report that some are downright awful but some are pretty good.  Here are the wines Dean selected for the tasting.


    Crafters Union Brut Rose Bubbles Sparkling Wine $5.99

    Crafters Union Red Blend $6.99

    Santa Julia Organic Tintillo Malbec Mendoza  $4.79

    Prophecy Pinot Noir, California 2x250 mL $7.99

    Prophecy Rose, France 2x250 mL $7.99

    Sterling Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon $5.59

    Underwood Pinot Gris Oregon 375 mL $6.99

    Eufloria Aromatic White, Washington 375 mL $3.99


    The total cost comes out to $50.32 + tax.

    And you will have 2 cans of Prophecy wine for later that you didn't need to open for the tasting!

    • 7 May 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online (register to receive the meeting link)

    Join your fellow Lehigh Valley Chapter Members for a


    on Friday, May 7 from 5:00-6:00 PM

    Join us for our next Virtual BYOB -- our theme will be "Bourbon Barrel Wines."  Join fellow members to share wines aged in bourbon barrels, all from the safety of your home.  We hope you will join us at 5pm on Friday. 

    You do not need to have a Zoom account to participate, but you will be asked to download the free Zoom software. 

    NOTE:  To avoid "Zoom Bombing" by outsiders the meeting link will be emailed to you when you register for the event.  On Friday when you click the meeting link you will enter a "waiting room".  There may be a momentary delay before you join the meeting.  


    Leslie and Peter Staffeld

    Co-Chairs of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the American Wine Society

    • 15 May 2021
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online (register to receive the meeting link)

    May Lehigh Valley Chapter Tasting

    Summer Chardonnays

    Saturday, May 15 2021 5:00 PM

    Host: Geoff Harrington

    Virtual Event on Zoom

    On Saturday, May 15, at 5:00 pm, AWS member, winemaker, and former chardonnay grower Geoff Harrington, will lead us through a tasting of Chardonnays that will be on the shopping lists of our members this summer – all of the available at Fine Wine and Good Spirit Shoppes in our area!

    Harrington had his first glass of premium world-class chardonnay during the summer of 1976, a Heitz Cellar Lot Z-32 Napa Valley “Pinot” Chardonnay.” He’s been a devotee of chardonnay ever since, planting two backyard chardonnay vineyards and making barrel-fermented chardonnays at his own Smithbridge Cellars and at Stone and Key Cellars.

    Good chardonnay can be found up and down the price spectrum and in a greater range of wine styles. For our May 15 tasting, several of our members nominated their favorite Chardonnays for summer drinking, and the tasting will feature 2 French wines and 5 California bottles, priced at $15.99 to $29.99. Some higher priced bottles were suggested but were not available locally.

    The Mer Soleil, Latour, and Jadot are “no oak” wines, while the others offer varying levels of barrel-fermented oak character.

    For a three bottle sample, consider #3 Louis Latour Pouilly Fuisse, #4 J. Lohr Riverstone, and #7 Newton Unfiltered.  (About $76 for 3 wines)

    To taste 5 bottles, you might add either #1 Mer Soleil Silver or #2 Louis Jadot Chablis; AND either #5 Chalk Hill Sonoma Coast or #6 Cuvaison Carneros. (About $125 for 5 wines).

    Or mix and match your own selections, based on the descriptions below.

    Five of the wines are available across the Lehigh Valley with most stores listed offering 10 or more bottles. The Jadot and Newton are limited to a few stores, but in good supply, with quantities of bottles listed.


    1.  Mer Soleil Chardonnay Monterey County Silver Unoaked 2017 $23.99 #05089

    First produced in 2005 by Charlie Wagner of Caymus, it is rich, full-bodied, and unoaked. Made in neutral stainless-steel and cement tanks, it offers fresh flavors of blanched almond, bright apple, soft tropical fruit and citrus, finishing crisp with clean mineral flavors.

    Alcohol 14.8%. Drink: 2020-2023. Rated 88 by Natalie MacClean (UK), 89 by Wine.Com.

    Food pairings: smoked oysters, grilled chicken or fish, lobster with melted butter.

    Available at Lehigh Street, Cedar Crest, Krock’s Road, Fogelsville, Macungie, Emmaus, White Hall, Bethlehem Stefco, Northampton Crossings, and Freemansburg Avenue.


    2.  Louis Jadot Chablis 2019 $24.99 #83372

    Aged in stainless steel to preserve the fresh fruit, this wine has a light, poised touch. Crisp sliced apples and lime acidity are given a textured touch that adds to the refreshing character of the wine.

    Alcohol 12.5%. Drink from 2020. Rated 88 by Wine Enthusiast.

    Food pairings: oysters, shellfish, sushi, charcuterie, salads, and goat cheese.

    Available at Cedar Crest (22), Krock’s Road (28), and Northampton Crossings (22)

    3.  Louis Latour Pouilly Fuisse 2018 $29.99 #04709

    Fermentation and aging in stainless steel vats with 100% malolactic fermentation. Melon, pear, apricot, and almond make subtle appearances on the nose of this wine. The palate is textured, mellow with ripeness, and smooth with rounded juiciness.

    Alcohol 13%. Rated 89 by Wine Enthusiast.

    Food pairings: Shellfish, charcuterie, creamy cheese, pasta, and veggie dishes.

    Available at White Hall, Cedar Crest, Schnecksville, Lehigh Street, Macungie, Promenade, Fogelsville, Krock’s Road, Airport Point, Bethlehem Stefko, Hellertown, Freemansburg Avenue, and Northampton Crossings.

    4.  J Lohr Chardonnay Riverstone Arroyo Seco 2018 $15.99 #05539

    Always one of the better priced Chardonnays on the market, this bottling offers aromas of lemon juice, toast, apple, and a tight white-rock minerality on the nose. Seared lemon and roasted apple flavors are enhanced by lime-skin and struck stone flavors. 

    Alcohol 14%. Drink through 2023. Rated 88 by Wine Enthusiast.

    Food pairings: Dijon tarragon chicken, roasted halibut, and moules marinière.

    Available at Cedar Crest, Schnecksville, Macungie, Lehigh Street, Cedar Point, Trexlertown, Schoenersville Road, Walnutpoint, Hellertown, Bethlehem Stefko, and Nazareth Pike.

    5.  Chalk Hill Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2018 $21.99 #98350

    Barrel fermented and aged 10 months sur lie and with 100% malolactic fermentation and bi-weekly batonnage for 5 months. Creamy with lemon curd, mandarin, and toasty char notes. Unctuous, buttered hazelnut character with a fine acidity and underlying minerality with aromas of crème brulée and banana.

    Alcohol 14.9%. Rated 92 by Tasting Panel; 92 Wine Advocate.

    Food pairings: pulled pork, grilled lobster tail, salmon, or swordfish, four-cheese pizza.

    Available at Cedar Crest, Lehigh, Macungie, Trexlertown, Schoenersville Road, Emmaus, Promenade, Union Blvd., White Hall, Fogelsville, Stefko Blvd., Hellertown, Freemansburg Avenue, and Northampton Crossings.

    6.  Cuvaison Chardonnay Estate Grown Carneros 2018 $24.99 #08150

    A long cool growing season, followed by slow fermentation and aging for 11 months in (25% new) French oak barrels, delivered structured wines with attractive, orchard-fruit aromas with fresh and easygoing pear flavors, hints of brioche, and a creamy finish.
    Alcohol 14%. Rated 90 by James Suckling, 90 by Wine Spectator.

    Food pairings: Fresh Crab, crab cakes, grilled pork or chicken, swordfish, and salmon.

    Available at Emmaus, Cedar Crest, Schnecksville, Lehigh Street, Cedar Point, Fogelsville, Towne Center, Promenade, Whitehall, Hellertown, and Northampton Crossings.


    7.       Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay Napa Valley 2016 #79280

    100% barrel fermented, using indigenous yeasts. The wine was aged for a total of 12 months in French oak barrels, 24% of which were new. Barrels were hand-stirred to resuspend sediment during maturation. Beautifully aromatic in pear, toasted oak, and hazelnut, it is floral, earthy, balanced, and complex.

    Alcohol 14%. Rated 93 by Wine Enthusiast, 94 by James Suckling, 96 by Decanter.

    Food Pairings: Grilled pork or chicken, salmon, swordfish, or charcuterie. 

    Available at Cedar Crest (59), Krock’s Road (53), White Hall (16), Northampton Crossings (42), and Freemansburg Avenue (15).

    To prepare for the tasting, gather your any special memories when a chardonnay made your fav wine made the occasion right!  If your wine is selected, you will have the option to introduce it or to remain anonymous at the tasting.

Past events

9 Apr 2021 Virtual BYOB - "Wine Curmudgeon" Wine
26 Mar 2021 Virtual BYOB - Your House Wine
12 Mar 2021 Virtual Tasting - Showcasing Wines of Illyria
26 Feb 2021 Virtual BYOB - A Fun Wine Label
20 Feb 2021 Virtual Tasting - Burgundy vs. Sonoma
30 Jan 2021 Hybrid Tasting - Setter Ridge Vineyards
8 Jan 2021 Virtual BYOB - Spicy Wine
19 Dec 2020 Virtual Tasting - Syrah
4 Dec 2020 Virtual BYOB - LVAWS Virtual Holiday Party
20 Nov 2020 Virtual BYOB - Chairman Select Wine
4 Nov 2020 Virtual AWS National Convention
24 Oct 2020 Virtual Tasting - Petite Sirah
16 Oct 2020 Virtual BYOB - African Wine
27 Sep 2020 Northampton September VIrtual Tasting
18 Sep 2020 Virtual BYOB - A Winery You Would Like to Visit
13 Sep 2020 Wines of Greece
29 Aug 2020 Barolo Versus Barbaresco Virtual Tasting
14 Aug 2020 Virtual BYOB - A Grape You've Never Heard Of
24 Jul 2020 Virtual Pinnacle Ridge Tasting and Talk with the Vitner
17 Jul 2020 Virtual BYOB - Rose
27 Jun 2020 Virtual Folino Estate Tasting and Talk with the Vitner
5 Jun 2020 Virtual BYOB - Personal Celebration Wine
29 May 2020 Virtual BYOB - Cabernet Sauvignon
22 May 2020 Virtual BYOB - Iberian Wines
17 May 2020 Showcasing Wines of Illyria
15 May 2020 Willamette Valley Vineyards Tasting with Jim Bernau
8 May 2020 Virtual BYOB - Central & South American Wines
1 May 2020 Virtual BYOB - Pennsylvania Wines
24 Apr 2020 Virtual BYOB - French Wines
17 Apr 2020 Virtual BYOB - Italian Wines
10 Apr 2020 Virtual BYOB - Sparkling Wines
3 Apr 2020 Virtual BYOB
10 Mar 2020 March Lehigh Valley Chapter BYOB
9 Feb 2020 Nero D’Avola Wines of Sicily
4 Feb 2020 February Lehigh Chapter BYOB
26 Jan 2020 Ridge Vineyards Zinfandel
21 Jan 2020 January Lehigh Chapter BYOB
22 Dec 2019 Holiday Party
10 Dec 2019 December Lehigh Chapter BYOB
10 Nov 2019 Chile
31 Oct 2019 National AWS Annual Meeting
20 Oct 2019 Puglia Wines
15 Oct 2019 October Lehigh Chapter BYOB
21 Sep 2019 Northern CA vs. Southern CA
20 Aug 2019 August Lehigh Chapter BYOB
11 Aug 2019 National AWS Tasting
14 Jul 2019 Picnic in the Vineyard
22 Jun 2019 Malbecs
13 Jun 2019 June Chapter BYOB
28 May 2019 May Lehigh Chapter BYOB
9 Dec 2018 Holiday Party 2018
1 Nov 2018 National AWS Conference
24 Apr 2018 Louies Italian Restaurant
15 Apr 2018 Incredible Chateauneuf du Pape Wine 90+
25 Mar 2018 Bottle Shock & the Judgment of Paris
6 Mar 2018 March Lehigh Chapter BYOB

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