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National Tasting Project

The 2019 National Tasting Project: Terroir of Napa  Valley

The National Tasting Project 2019 is a terroir study of the Napa Valley.  The valley, while known for Cabernet Sauvignon, offers many other varieties that thrive in the varied terroir of this diverse region.  The in-depth PowerPoint includes notes for the presenter and is designed to customize based on the level of information you wish to include.  This year we have partnered with Napa Valley Vintners and Constellation Brands and have selected 12 wines for the tasting.  You can taste as few as 6 up to all 12 wines, if you wish, or break it up into 2 tastings of 6 or more wines each, your choice.  The average price for 1 bottle each of all 12 wines with estimated shipping is $440 (approximately $28 pp for 16 people).  Please meet with your Chapter Chair to coordinate these tastings, and select which wines to feature.  The tastings are designed to be BLIND.  Wines should be purchased by the end of April, and the reporting form is due by October 10th, at the latest, to be included in the final nationwide results.

Chapter Chairs will receive a copy of the Power Point presentation (which is best on a laptop/monitor or can be printed out) and an Excel Master Packet.  The Excel packet has everything needed:  instructions, wine list, ordering information, reporting form and survey.

 This information will be sent to the Chapter Chairs in January.  If your chapter did not receive a copy, please contact the AWS Executive Director.

Direct questions about the program to:

Sharyn Kervyn, NTP Chair


PowerPoint:  Vince Williams

Reporting Form:  Chris McCutcheon

2019 NTP Committee Members:

Vince Williams, Chris McCutcheon, Margy Natalie, Pam Davey, Joe Broski, JoAnn DeGaglia, Gary Pavlis, Danny Klein, Pat Valas, Walt Rachele, Dave Barber, John Mahoney, Joanne Mahoney, Bob Rone, Diane Rone, Khadija Woods, Sunita Gupta, Kumar Gupta and Sharyn Kervyn (Chair)

About The National Tasting Project

The National Tasting Project is an educational wine tasting opportunity for AWS chapter members across the United States.  Each year the NTP committee chooses a theme and selects several wines that show different styles within a theme.  Chapters hold tastings to sample the wines and then see how their ratings compare to other AWS chapters. ALL CHAPTERS ARE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE!

Check out the 2019 NTP results.

How to Report Your Results

Results Are Due By Oct. 10
  • You must have Microsoft Excel and internet access.
  • Get a copy of the 2019 reporting form from your chapter chair. (Do not make your own form or use a form from a prior year.)
  • Get all scores from the AWS 20-poing scoring sheets filled out by attendees at your tasting.
  • Fill out the chapter information sections at the top of the form
In the wines section:
  • Enter the wine number or select it from the dropdown box.
  • The vintage and wine name will be automatically filled in.
  • Change the vintage, if necessary.
  • Enter the cost for each wine.
In the results section:
  • You MUST mark Y(es) or N(o) to designate whether the taster is an AWS Certified Wine Judge, or the average scores will not be correct.
  • Record each taster’s scores for each wine. Only full and half-points are allowed.
  • Include scores for all tasters, rather than summary information.
  • If tasters do not want to have their scores recorded, please do include them in the number in attendance.
  • Do not send participants’ names.
The sheet is protected so you cannot accidentally put information into the header cells. The last page of this package shows an example of the reporting form. Submitting the results
  • Email the completed Excel form to within 2 weeks after your tasting. All scores MUST be received by October 10 to be included in the final report.
  • Complete the NTP survey
  • Email any additional comments you have on the tasting.
  • Send good quality pictures of your event, so we can include them in the final report.
Thank you for your participation! Enjoy the tasting and if you have any questions, contact by email ( or phone/text Sharyn (856)745-3104. Ordering wines for personal use after these tastings may be difficult, given the wineries have only agreed to allocate a small amount to us for these tastings until April 30, 2019. After this date, they may or may not have some leftover to purchase. Please order directly from MarketView or your state’s contact for availability after the April deadline.

Prior National Tasting Project Results

Discovering wine from Portugal to Argentina

2018 National Tasting Project "Wines of Portugal"

2017 National Tasting Project "Organic, Sustainable & Biodynamic Wines"

2016 National Tasting Project "Rhone Rangers"

2015 National Tasting Project "Austria and Hungary"

Contact if you have any questions or comments about the National Tasting Project.


Contact us

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(888) 297-9070