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The Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association (ASWA) is one of the oldest wine organizations located on the East Coast. Established in 1973 as the Vinifera Wine Growers Association (VWGA), it was an early supporter of planting world-class Vinifera wine grapes, the production of quality commercial wines, and the building of a wine industry along the Eastern seaboard.
We are an organization dedicated to the promotion of East Coast wines, wineries and winemakers.

Steve Garner / John Ash Radio Talk Show - 2015 “THE GOOD FOOD HOUR”

KRSO 1350 AM 11:00-12:00 Saturdays

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After the presentation on the Steve Garner/John Ash “Good Food Hour”, John Ash posed with Carl Brandhorst and Grant Crandall while holding one of the wines presented on the show that he particularly liked which was the 2011 Dornfelder from Presque Isle Winery. Dornfelder is more noted for its German heritage, but is finding acceptance in the U.S. among some growers. Presque Isle winery is located close to Lake Erie in Pennsylvania.
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Carl Brandhorst, ASWA President, is describing the Apple Cider called “Worthog: from the Earle Estate Meadery in New York prior to opening and tasting it on the show. The Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association (ASWA) opened it’s annual competition in 2014 to meads, fruit wines and ciders for the first time adding these beverages to the regular grape varieties judged. This was a Gold medal winner. The meadery is located on the west side of Seneca Lake in New York’s Finger Lake Region just north of Watkins Glen. John Ash is in the red shirt and Grant Crandall ,an ASWA board member, is to Carl’s left.
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ASWA President, Carl Brandhorst (center) and ASWA Board Member Grant Crandall (right) on the Steve Garner and John Ash “ Good Food Hour” ( 11:00am to 12:00pm) on 31 January 2015. Steve is in the green polo and John Ash is in the red shirt. John is talking to Carl about the six east coast wines being presented on the radio show. Grant is providing background on each wine. The wines were tasted during the one hour show and tasting profiles were given as well as information about each of the wineries.
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At the completion of the “Good Food Hour” show, a group picture was taken in the radio studio. From the left it is Grant Crandall, John Ash, Steve Garner and Carl Brandhorst. Carl is holding the bottle of Brianna ( an American hybrid) from Coyote Moon Winery located in northern New York state in the Thousand Islands area very close to the Canadian border. Brianna is a very cold hardy grape variety.

The Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association (ASWA) was featured again on the Steve Garner/John Ash weekly radio talk show “The Good Food Hour” on 31 January 2015. This show has been on the air since 1987. Steve Garner has been a radio personality for 40 years 28 of them on the same station (KSRO). He developed three programs for the station: Grapevine featuring winemakers, growers and sommeliers, Garden Talk and the “Good Food Hour”. John Ash is an internationally recognized culinary expert and restauranteur and one time winner of the IACP for best cookbook of the year.. The Good Food Hour is the longest running food and wine radio show in California. You can hear podcasts on their web site: www.ksro.com. This was the fifth year that ASWA has been featured on the show to highlight some of the winning wines from its annual wine competition. The Association was represented by its President, Carl Brandhorst, Board Member Grant Crandall, and its West Coast Representative, Ms. Anne Vercelli of Healdsburg, CA. The competition highlights east coast wines from 17 states from Maine to Florida. The grapes must be grown and vinified within those 17 states in order to qualify for the competition. In 2014 the Association added fruit wines, meads and ciders to the judging categories to help recognize the growth and quality in these beverage categories and like the grapes must be grown in these 17 states.

The wines highlighted on this talk show were all Medal winners from the 10th ASWA Wine Competition conducted in July 2014 in Haymarket, VA and are as follows:

ALLEGHANY CELLARS
PA
NV
100% CONCORD (SILVER)
COYOTE MOON
NY
NV
BRIANNA (SILVER)
EARLE ESTATE MEADERY
NY
NV
100% HARD APPLE CIDER (GOLD)
GOOSE WATCH WINERY
NY
2010
100% MELODY (SILVER)
PRESQUE ISLE WINERY
PA
2011
100% DORNFELDER (BRONZE)
SHELBURNE VYDS
VT
2013
100% LOUISE SWENSEN (GOLD)

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Founding Member Juanita Swedenburg

Founding Member Juanita Swedenburg


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