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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.

Sonoma County Wine Library Presentation

ASWA Vice President David A. Barber 28 January 2011

Please read an article written by Michael Haran, a Healdsburg, Wine Columnist

The Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association (ASWA) was asked by the Chief Librarian, Bo Simons, for the second year to make a presentation at the Sonoma County Wine Library on the subject of east coast wines and to pour a representative sample. Six wines were selected by ASWA and approved by Mr. Simons. The six were:

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Bo Simons(Librarian) and David Barber, ASWA Vice President
*Bordeleau Vineyards and Winery, MD, 2007, Chardonnay
*Cooper Vineyards, VA, 2008, Norton, Reserve
*Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinfera Wine Cellars , NY, 2008, Gewurztraminer
*Heritage Station Vineyards, NJ, 2007, Merlot
*Sharrott Winery, NJ, NV, Crimson Sky (Fredonia grape)
*Vineyards of the Scuppernong, NC, 2009,
Somerset (Dry 75% Carlos, 25% Niagara)
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David Barber giving presentation at Sonoma Wine Library

The presentation was given by ASWA Vice President, Mr. David A. Barber. Mr. Barber is part owner in a small winery (Hartwood Winery) in Virginia, a certified wine judge and long time American Wine Society member. The maximum seating was 58 people and the presentation was a sell-out. Mr. Barber gave a brief history of grape growing and wine making on the east coast before talking about each of the six wines listed above. The presentation lasted one hour and then 24 additional wines were opened for the attendees. These were accompanied by a table of light hors d’oeuvres. Mr. Barber and ASWA President, Carl Brandhorst, along with ASWA West Coast Representative, Ms. Anne Vercelli, were available during the subsequent tasting to answer any questions about the wines. The attendees were a mix of winery workers, media types, consumers and educators.

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Food set up with ASWA West Coast Rep. Anne Vercelli
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Wines for presentation: Cooper, Heritage Station, Sharrott Winery

The white wines poured after the presentation were:

Doukenie Winery
VA
2009
Sauvignon Blanc
Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine
NY
2008
Dry Riesling
Elk Run Vineyards
MD
NV
Gewurztraminer
Gray Ghost Vineyards & Winery
VA
2008
Chardonnay
Lakewood Vineyards
NY
2008
Gewurztraminer
Narmada Winery
VA
2008
Chardonnay
Prejean Winery
NY
2007
Riesling
Presque Isle Wine Cellars
PA
2008
Riesling
Silver Coast Winery
GA
2008
Viognier
Swedish Hills Winery
NY
NV
Riesling
Ten Thousand Vines
NY
2008
Diamond
Wagner Vineyards
NY
2007
Gewurztraminer

The red wines poured after the presentation were as follows:

Barboursville Vineyards
VA
2007
Cabernet Franc Reserve
Briar Valley Vineyards
PA
2008
Lemberger
Barrel Oak Winery
VA
2008
Petit Verdot
Childress Vineyards
NC
2004
Sangiovese
Goose Watch Winery
NY
2007
Cabernet Sauvignon
The Winery at Iron Gate
NC
NV
Rustic Blooming
Keuka Lake Winery
NY
2007
Leon Millot
Knapp Winery
NY
2008
Cabernet Franc
Penjean Winery
NY
2007
Marechal Fock
Penguin Bay Winery
NY
NV
Cabernet Sauvignon
Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyards
MD
2008
Cabernet Franc
Tomasello Winery
NJ
2007
Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

In Memoriam

Founding Member Juanita Swedenburg

Founding Member Juanita Swedenburg


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