Eastern Winery Exposition
The Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association (ASWA) participated in the Eastern Winery Exposition’s (EWE) Welcome Wine Reception on March 6, 2018, where ASWA members poured award-winning wines from their signature Competition focusing on the wines from the 17 states of the Atlantic Seaboard.
EWE attendees were able to taste wines from Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Vermont and many other states. Whereas many winery associations represent an individual state, the ASWA’s focus is to promote and help build the wine industry on the East Coast as a whole.
Wineries on the East Coast face different challenges and opportunities climatically and otherwise than their Western counterparts like California, Washington or Oregon. The ASWA thanks Richard Leahy and all the organizers of EWE for allowing us to be part of such a fine event.
Southern New Jersey Wineries Event
The Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association (ASWA) and the Garden State Wine Growers Association (GSWGA) on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 brought together for a unique event held at the Rutgers University Agricultural Extension Building in Bridgeton, NJ featuring some of the best wines from their annual Competition for a special presentation, tasting and discussion of what makes the East Coast a dynamic area for grape growing and winemaking.
This event provided an opportunity for local grape growers and winemakers, retail and restaurant professionals, wine and food writers and bloggers, local elected officials and other industry affiliates to experience the wines and understand why they taste the way they do in a manner not often brought to this region of the state. This comparative tasting also included a handful of vendors including a local restaurant which sponsored the food of the evening, Villa Barone, an Ecuadorian chocolate producer providing wine-friendly chocolates – 1892 Chocolate – and winery consultant and educator, Stacy Brody, whose company is called “Study & Swirl”.
The ASWA is the only association of this kind in the country to focus on growing and developing the industry on the East Coast by sharing wines, ideas and industry contacts through unique events; its Competition is only open to winery submissions from those located on the East Coast of the US, similarly. These events – highlighting the state of the East Coast wine industry – have taken place in New York, Virginia, California and elsewhere but this was the first time the ASWA had been featured in New Jersey. This event was jointly organized by Paul Tonacci – ASWA Board Member, Dan Ward – Extension Agent of Rutgers University, Grant Crandall – President of ASWA, and Tom Cosentino – Executive Director of the Garden State Wine Growers Association (GSWGA).
Rose All Day Virginia, Judging
Professional wine judges (Dave Barber, Patricia Valas, Rex Bambling) from The Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association judged Rosé wines submitted from the participating wineries–Barren Ridge, Bluestone, Cave Ridge, CrossKeys, Flying Fox, Ingleside, Pollak, Rockbridge, and Veritas.
July 21st event attendees will vote for their favorites in the “People’s Choice” judging and all winners will be announced at the event.
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