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American Wine Society
Ocean Isle Beach Chapter of the
American Wine Society Celebrates First Anniversary
August 29, 2012 –
Ocean Isle Beach, NC – On August 26th the
Ocean Isle Beach
Chapter of the American Wine Society met at
Silver Coast Winery
to celebrate the first anniversary of the Chapter's
formation. More than 40 members and guests attended the
event, which featured 3 white and 5 red "Boxed Wines".
Attendees shared their views on each wine and then
enjoyed a slice of cake to celebrate the Chapter's
Chapter Chairperson and American Wine Society Regional
VP Stanley Barwikowski, "We started the Chapter with
only 2 members in August of 2011, and we now have more
than 40 members. That's a remarkable achievement, and it
just demonstrates how many people in the coastal
Carolina area are interested in wine. It also indicates
that there is a desire by many to learn and explore
different wines, and to better appreciate a fine wine."
Though most Chapter members are local, some come from as
far as Wilmington and Myrtle Beach to attend Chapter
also indicated that this success could not have been
achieved without the assistance and support of Silver
Coast Winery, its owner Maryann Azzato and winemaker
Dana Keeler. "They have provided us with a facility to
hold our events and support staff to offer assistance.
For this support, the Chapter is most appreciative."
In its first year,
the Chapter has held a wide variety of wine related
events, which included a wine dinner, a wine tour of the
Yadkin Valley, held a meeting in a wine warehouse,
participated in 2 national American Wine Society Tasting
Projects, and tasted wines from 10 countries around the
world, and 4 states. Some 110 different wines have been
tasted ranging from reds, whites, fruit, sparkling
wines, to dessert wines. Wine events are schedule
through the balance of the year, and planning for 2013
has started in earnest.
The American Wine
Society, now in its 45th year of operation, is the
oldest and largest consumer based wine education
organization in North America. It has chapters
throughout North America and has 7 chapters located here
in North Carolina. Chapter membership is open to anyone
who loves wine and is over the age of 21.
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