American Wine Society

Lehigh Valley Chapter



Upcoming events

    • 27 Sep 2020
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom (email Judi at judiroggie@gmail.com for the link)

    Northampton Chapter AWS

    has invited members of the

    Lehigh Valley Chapter AWS

    to their

    September Virtual Tasting (Zoom)

    Hosted by Judi Harbin
    September 27th, 5pm
    Wines For Your Cellar!!

    Join Judi Roggie to taste and discuss:

    • Cune Rioja Gran Reserva 2012 (Product Code 79209) $19.99 
    • Cafaggio Basilica San Martino Chianti Classico Riserva 2013 (Product Code 79222) $19.99

    We'll also take a look at some of the basics for both Rioja and Chianti.

    To attend please email Judi at judiroggie@gmail.com; we will limit attendance to
    the first 20 connections to keep our discussions more friendly.

    • 16 Oct 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online (register to receive the meeting link)
    Register

    Join your fellow Lehigh Valley Chapter Members for a

    VIRTUAL BYOB

    on Friday, October 16 from 5:00-6:00 PM

    Join us for our next Virtual BYOB -- our theme will be "African Wine".  Select a wine from one of the 54 countries from the African continent to share with fellow LVAWS members, 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.  

    Cheers!

    Leslie and Peter Staffeld

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

    • 24 Oct 2020
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online (register to receive the meeting link)
    Register

    October Lehigh Valley Chapter Tasting

    Petite Sirah

    Saturday, October 24, 2020  5 PM

    Hosts: Judi Roggie and Tom Harbin

    Virtual Event on Zoom

    Join Judi Roggie and Tom Harbin on a Zoom session at 5pm Saturday October 24th to explore one of their favorite grape varieties, Petite Sirah.

    Petite Sirah is a rich, dark, inky grape that has been grown in California since the 1880’s.  These purple wines are often described as having flavors of black pepper, blueberries, and spice.  The PA state stores carry quite a selection of Petite Sirah wines, although many of them are not readily available in the Lehigh Valley.  We are going to sample two wines that are in good supply in the Lehigh Valley that Wine Enthusiast recommends and one old favorite that was presented at a Wine & Swine a few years ago and rated very highly against some far more expensive labels.  We think that it is helpful to have a wine that can serve as a benchmark when exploring some that you have not tried before.  These wines all keep very well for at least a few days, and sometimes even seem to improve overnight.

    Store availability is as of September 6th.

    Chronic Cellars Suite Petite (PRODUCT CODE: 2210) is selling for $15.99. Wine Enthusiast rates the 2018 vintage at 91 and describes it as:

    Aromas of strawberry and boysenberry meet with smoked beef, violet and tar on the nose of this bottling, which includes 11% Syrah. Char and tar flavors are brushed with more elegant purple- flower and black-plum tones on the balanced palate.     M.K. Published 7/1/2020
    The vintage may vary from 2018.

    Lehigh County has it at 10 stores with the most stock at Cedar Crest (21) and Krocks Rd (26).

    Northampton County has it at 2 stores, Northampton Crossings (17) and Freemansburg (3)

    2017 High Valley Vineyard Petite Sirah (PRODUCT CODE: 79239) is a Chairman’s Selection selling for $13.99.  Wine Enthusiast rates the 2017 vintage at 89 and describes it as:

    Very dark, very concentrated and very tannic, this massive wine offers grilled meat and pencil-lead aromas, superdark chocolate and black-pepper flavors underlain by blackberries. The tannins are dense, tight and thick in the texture,
    needing a long time to resolve. Best after 2025.    — J.G. Published 8/1/2020
    You may want to decant this one.

    Lehigh County has it at 5 stores with the most stock at Promenade (76), Cedar Crest (67) and Krocks Rd (50).

    Northampton County has it at 2 stores, Northampton Crossings (56) and Freemansburg (42).

    Spellbound Petite Sirah (PRODUCT CODE: 8576) is selling at $14.99.  It’s familiar to many of us and has been consistently good from vintage to vintage and is always approachable and pleasant.  2016 or 2017 is probably on the shelf currently, but if you bought some on sale recently any vintage from 2015 to 2018 is fine.

    Lehigh County has it at 9 stores with the most stock at Promenade (16), Allen St (13), and 12 each at Lehigh St, Lehigh Shopping Center, and Fogelsville.

    Northampton County has it at 8 stores, with the most at Hellertown (14), 4th Street Bethlehem (13), Stefko Blvd (12), and Freemansburg (12).

    • 4 Nov 2020
    • (PST)
    • 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.

    • 20 Nov 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (EST)
    • Online (register to receive the meeting link)
    Register

    Join your fellow Lehigh Valley Chapter Members for a

    VIRTUAL BYOB

    on Friday, November 20 from 5:00-6:00 PM

    Join us for our next Virtual BYOB -- our theme will be "Chairman Select Wine".  Go to a PA State Store and choose a Chairman Select Wine to share with fellow LVAWS members, 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.  

    Cheers!

    Leslie and Peter Staffeld

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

    • 4 Dec 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (EST)
    • Online (register to receive the meeting link)
    Register

    Join your fellow Lehigh Valley Chapter Members for a

    VIRTUAL BYOB

    on Friday, December 4 from 5:00-6:00 PM

    Join us for our next Virtual BYOB -- our theme will be "Favorite Holiday Wine".  What is your favorite wine to bring to holiday party?  Pick an old favorite or try something new!  Share your selection with fellow LVAWS members ... 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.  

    Cheers!

    Leslie and Peter Staffeld

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

    • 13 Dec 2020
    • 4:30 PM (EST)
    • Morgan's Restaurant

    Save the Date

    Lehigh Valley AWS Chapter

    2020 Holiday Party

    Sunday, December 13th

    This year’s Holiday Party will be held on Sunday, December 13th, at Morgan’s Restaurant which is located at the intersection of N. Cedar Crest Blvd. & Willow St. in Allentown.  Social hour begins at 4:30PM, followed by dinner at 6PM.  We will be offering a choice of four dinner entrees and three desserts.  Hopefully, everyone will find something to their liking.  Additional details to follow in the September/October time frame.  We think it will be a wonderful event and we hope you can join us!  Please add December 13th to your calendars.  

Past events

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
19 May 2019 TONY’S FLAVOR & AROMA CLASSIC PAIRINGS
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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