AWS Mt. Nittany Lecture
September 25th, 2012
On September 25th, 2012, Gordon Murchie, President Emeritus of the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association presented an interactive wine history lecture to a gathering of the Mount Nittany American Wine Society chapter members in Pennsylvania. As an example of the ASWA’s ongoing wine educational outreach program, Murchie’s lecture traced the evolution of viticulture and enology in America, focusing on the Colonial Period, starting with the establishment of the Jamestown Colony in 1607 and continuing with highlights of major events that shaped the growth of the U.S. wine industry into the Twentieth Century. The lecture was accompanied by the tasting of seven wine varietals that were examples of Native American, French Hybrid and Vitis Vinifera European classic grape wines. Madeira, due to its historic place in U.S. wine history, was featured for tasting, as well. Providing wines for this event were Virginia wineries Barboursville, Horton, Gray Ghost, Desert Rose and North Carolina’s Duplin Winery.