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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 27 January 2012

In the evening of January 27, 2012, coordinated by the Wine Library Associates of Sonoma County, the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association (ASWA) presented a wine tasting in Healdsburg, California. The event was titled “Non-Vinifera Wines of the East” and featured Dave Barber, Vice President of ASWA. Mr. Barber began the evening by explaining the biological classification of all grapes into their many species. After discussing the indigenous locations of many of the species, he then began to explain the various types of propagations of new varietals, whether they are crosses of varietals within one species or hybrids of varietals between multiple species.

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The Director of the Sonoma County Library located in Healdsburg, CA, Mr. Bo Simons, introducing the presentation and the speaker, ASWA Vice President,David Barber.
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ASWA Vice President, David Barber, pointing to the attendees the states on the east coast from which the wines came that he was presenting that evening.
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ASWA Vice President,David Barber, answering questions from the audience, on the wines being presented and tasted.

Mr. Barber then led the forty-plus attendees through a tasting of six pre-poured wines selected to present typical attributes of their specific varietals. The first wine was a Dry Traminette (2010) from Fulkerson Wine Cellars, NY, followed by the 2010 Cold Harbor White made by James River Wine Cellars, VA, which is made exclusively from the Vidal Blanc grape. The next wine was the 2010 Tyrell, which is a blend of six varietals of Muscadine by the Vineyard of the Scuppernong, NC. A blend of Catawba, Isabella, Vincent and Concord varietals entitled River Run by Coyote Moon Vineyards, NY was the next wine to be tasted. Rounding out the formal presentation were Bordeleau Winery, MD with their Chambourcin varietal and the 2010 Norton from Laurita Winery, NJ.

After the formal presentation and discussion about the six wines, the attendees were then invited to graze on some specially prepared hors d’oeuvres and taste some of the twenty-four additional east coast wines opened for the evening.

This highly successful, educational evening was well received by all those in attendance. Many had never even heard of most of the varietals, let along being able to actually taste them. The appreciation of grapes grown and wine made outside of California was greatly increased.

The white wines poured after the presentation were:

Winery
Year
State
Varietal
ANNEFIELD VYDS
2009
VA
CHARDONNAY
BELHURST WINERY
NV
NY
ISABELLA
SPARKLING
DR. KONSTANTIN FRANK
2010
NY
DRY RIESLING
DR. KONSTANTIN FRANK
2009
NY
GEWURSTRAMINER
HAZLITT VYDS
NV
NY
CABIN FEVER
95% CATAWBA,5% BACO NOIR
HORSE CREEK WINERY
NV
GA
WINNERSVILLE WHITE
100% MUSCADINE
KESWICK VYDS
2010
VA
VIOGNIER
NARMADA VYDS
2009
VA
MELANGE
40% CAB FRANC,40% MERLOT,10% CAB SAV, 10% TANNAT
PARADOCCX
2010
PA
VIDAL BLANC
VINEYARDS OF THE SCUPPERNONG
NV
NC
CATAWBA BELLA
80% CATAWBA, 20% MAGNOLIA
WHITECLIFF VYDS
NV
NY
AWOSTING WHITE
75% SEYVAL BLANC,25% VIGNIOLES

The red wines poured after the presentation were:

Winery
Year
State
Varietal
ALBA VINEYARD
2008
NJ
HERITAGE
90% CAB FRANC,10% CAB SAV
CHATEAU MORISETTE
2008
VA
PETIT VERDOT
FLYING FOX VYDS
2008
VA
CABERNET FRANC
FROG TOWN VYDS
2008
GA
SANGIOVESE
HOPEWELL VALLEY VYDS
2009
NJ
MERLOT
MERRITT VYDS
NV
NY
BELLA ROSA
100% CONCORD
NATALI VYDS
NV
NJ
TEMPRANILLO
PARADOCCX VYDS
2010
PA
CHAMBOURCIN
PRESQUE ISLE VYDS
2010
PA
DORNFELDER
ROCKBRIDGE VYDS
2007
VA
MERITAGE
53% CAB SAV,28% MERLOT,18% CAB FRANC
SHELBURN VYDS
2010
VT
MARQUETTE
WEST WINDFARM VYDS
2009
VA
HERITAGE RESERVE
40%-MERLOT,40% CAB SAV, 20% P.V

In Memoriam

Founding Member Juanita Swedenburg

Founding Member Juanita Swedenburg


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