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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, 31 January 2014

On the evening of January 31, 2014, 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 differences in the east between the geographical growing areas. After discussing the specific locations for some of the hybrids and native American varieties, he went on to focus on the wines he had selected for the presentation this evening.

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.

At the completion of ASWA Vice President, David Barber's presentation the attendees were invited to taste 24 individual award winning wines from the 9th annual Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association wine competition which is held very year in Haymarket, VA in July. This photo shows one of the two tasting stations with wines for the attendees to enjoy.

WINERY

STATE

YEAR

VARIETY

Granite Heights Winery

VA

2011

PETIT MANSENG

Robibero Winery

NY

2012

TRAMINETTE

Belhurst Estate Winery

NY

2012

SEMI-DRY RIESLING

Cedar Creek Winery

VA

2011

CABERNET FRANC

Horton Vineyards

VA

2012

PINOTAGE

Cooper Vineyards

VA

2011

NORTON RESERVE

 

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ASWA Vice President, David Barber presenting " Non-Vinifera Wines of the East" using a 2014 map of Virginia wineries published by the Virginia Wine Board Marketing Office in Richmond, VA to point out specific areas in Virginia where non-vinifera grapes are grown and wine made.
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ASWA Vice President, David Barber, making his presentation on "Non-Vinifera Wines of the East" to the group at the Sonoma County Wine Library in Healdsburg, CA on 31 January 2014. The group included writers, winery tasting room staff, wine-makers , culinary workers and wine lovers.
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The Sonoma County Wine Library presentation room in Healdsburg, CA where ASWA Vice President, David Barber made his presentation " Non-Vinfera Wines of the East ". The room was set up for forty plus people and the wines were-pre-poured. It was a sell-out affair. It is the fourth year that ASWA has made a presentation on atlantic seaboard wines to members of the Sonoma County Wine Library Association.

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

Entrant

State

Wine Description

Appellation

Vintage

21 Brix Winery

NY

Gewurztraminer

PA

2012

Annefield Plantation Winery

VA

Chardonnay

VA

2012

Anyela's Vineyards

NY

Noiret

NY

2010

Arbor Hill Grapery

NY

Classic Traminette

NY

2011

Barboursville Vineyards

VA

Malvaxia Reserve

VA

2008

Barrel Oak Winery

VA

Barrel Fermented Chardonnay

VA

2011

Bordeleau Winery

MD

Cabernet Franc

MD

NV

Cape May Winery

NJ

CM3

NJ

2010

Cape May Winery

NJ

Isaac Smith Port

NJ

NV

Chateau LaFayette Reneau

NY

Pinot Noir Blanc

NY

2011

Cherokee Cellars

GA

Viognier

GA

2011

Cherokee Cellars

NC

Trio

GA

NV

Cooper Vineyards

VA

St. Stephen's Rose

VA

2011

Cooper Vineyards

VA

Cabernet Sauvignon

VA

2010

First Colony Winery

VA

Zephyr

VA

NV

Fox Meadow Winery

VA

Owner's Select Meritage

VA

2010

Fulkerson Winery

NY

Gruner Veltliner

NY

2012

Glenora Wine Cellars

NY

Riesling

NY

2012

James River Cellars

VA

Chardonnel

VA

2012

Martha Clara Vineyards

NY

Riesling Estate Reserve

NY

2012

Martha Clara Vineyards

NY

Merlot

NY

2010

Nassau Valley Vineyards

DE

Indian River Red

DE

2010

Natali Vineyard, LLC

NJ

Dolcetto

NJ

2010

New Kent Winery

VA

Merlot

VA

2010

Presque Isle Wine Cellars

PA

Eskimo Kisses

PA

2011

Romano Winery & Vineyard

MD

Chambourcin

MD

2011

Snow Farm Vineyard & Winery

VT

Vignoles

VT

2012

South Creek Vineyards & Winery

NC

Maestro

NC

2009

Stanburn Winery

VA

Meadow Breeze

VA

2011

Sunset Hills Vineyards

VA

Vineyard #1 Chardonnay

VA

2012

The Winery at Bull Run

VA

Lily's Viognier

VA

2012

Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod

MA

Brut

MA

2007

Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod

MA

Vignoles

MA

2012

Weathervane Winery

NC

Nor'easter

NC

2011

Whitecliff Vineyard & Winery

NY

Traminette

NY

2012

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.

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Founding Member Juanita Swedenburg

Founding Member Juanita Swedenburg


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