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Excellent value wines from inside the East Meets West Wine Competition

Date: 03.25.20

By Jay Bileti AWS Director of Member Services Those of us who judge in wine competitions have a nice little advantage – we get to find great wines and great value wines that would be a lot harder to find otherwise. Usually hundreds of wines are tasted blind by a couple of dozen experienced tasters. All judges get to taste...

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Reustle Prayer Rock Vineyards – Premium Oregon producer and friend of the AWS

Date: 02.06.20

By Jay Bileti AWS Director of Member Services Reustle is an award-winning producer in the Umpqua Valley of Oregon. While many think of Oregon as the Willamette Valley and Pinot Noir, the Umpqua is a region with a much more diverse climate supporting world-class wines from a number of grape varieties. Reustle has won awards in the top competitions for...

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Reflections on the AWS Silver Anniversary, as we celebrate our 50th

Date: 09.27.18

As you know, 2017 is the Golden Anniversary of AWS – 50 great years of wine education and appreciation.  It’s a significant milestone for the society but we had another milestone in 1992…..our Silver Anniversary.  In order to appreciate where AWS was after 25 years, I thought it would be nice to look back at what was going on during...

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A look back at the 49th Annual AWS Conference

Date: 09.27.18

The American Wine Society (AWS) is the largest consumer based wine education organization in North America.  Dr. Konstantin Frank, a pioneering vinifera producer in New York’s Finger Lakes region, led its formation in late 1967.  It now boasts 165 chapters in 36 states and the District of Columbia including one based in Salem, Oregon.  AWS membership is approaching 6,000 and...

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Where there’s smoke, there’s taint (maybe)

Date: 09.27.18

By Aaron Mandel AWS Director of Education With the recent fires in Northern California, there has been a lot of concern about smoke taint in wines and what the wineries can do about the problem. So, I thought a brief discussion of smoke taint might be in order. First, the problem of smoke taint in 2017 wines is being overblown....

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Understanding wine tasting through “brain searchery”— the tale from two books

Date: 09.27.18

By Neal Hulkower What comes to mind when one engages with a glass of wine?  And how does technology-assisted “brain searchery” help us find the answers and make us more attentive wine tasters?   The sensory and non-sensory contributions to our enjoyment of this beverage are explored from two different perspectives in Neuroenology, How the Brain Creates the Taste of Wine (Columbia University...

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