ELVVAWS June 2018 Meeting: Lodi Wines

Our next meeting is set for WEDNESDAY June 6, 2018 ​at 6:30 p.m. ​at Veil Pavilion at the Silverton (3333 Blue Diamond Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89139​). ​We will be enjoying the wines of Lodi!

Our speaker Stuart Spencer was recently named the executive director of the Lodi Winegrape Commission after serving as a program director there for 19 years. Stuart is also the owner & winemaker at St. Amant Winery, his family’s enterprise that was founded in 1979. Stuart is one of the founding winemakers of the “Lodi Native” group that is dedicated to crafting distinctive wines from Lodi’s historic old Zinfandel vineyards. St. Amant is regarded as one of California’s leading experts on Portuguese and Spanish varieties in California soil.

Join us for a special evening with Stuart Spencer as we experience an exciting and unique opportunity to hear from a Lodi expert while sampling world class wines from this outstanding region.

Tasting fee for members is $12 per person and $20 per couple. Non-member fee is $16 per person. CASH ONLY! Please also bring your own wine glasses. Please bring an appetizer and wine to share with the group.

Please RSVP by sending an email to membership@elvvaws.org, or through our Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/137284283801125/.

ELVVAWS May 2018 Meeting: Wines of Region 1

Our next meeting is set for WEDNESDAY May 9, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.at Veil Pavilion at the Silverton (3333 Blue Diamond Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89139​). ​We will be enjoying the wines of Region 1!
The Winkler Scale, or as it is sometimes called, The Fonzarelli scale (since he was lovingly portrayed by Henry Winkler), is a number assigned to a wine-growing region to tell exactly how warm or cool it is. The scale runs from 1 to 5, and can be said to advise those interested in growing grapes, on the correct grapes to grow. Since Region 1 is so cold, very few grapes can ripen. But, some of the most amazing wines in the world are grown in these regions including Champagne, Chablis, Tokaji, German Riesling, and a even Santa Maria Pinot Noir.  We are going to dive deep on what makes Region 1 so important, and taste what bonds them together and what separates them as well.
 
Join us for a special evening with Master Sommelier Will Costello as we take a deep look at why these wines are so amazing. Will is one of only 233 Master Sommeliers in the world and resides in Mountain’s Edge.
 
Tasting fee for members is $12 per person and $20 per couple.  Non-member fee is $16 per person.  CASH ONLY!  Please also bring your own wine glasses.  Please bring an appetizer and wine to share with the group. 
 
Please RSVP by emailing membership@elvvaws.org or through our Facebook event.

ELVVAWS March 2018 Meeting: Wines of Southern Oregon

Our next meeting is on Thursday March 8, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. ​at Grape Expectations (7360 Eastgate Rd #125, Henderson, NV 89011​). ​We will be enjoying the wines of Southern Oregon!

Southern Oregon’s latitude and prevailing oceanic winds create a 7 month European-like growing season that distinguishes it from all other west coast (and American) growing regions and this uniquely defines, identifies and unifies ​this area​ as an ideal place to grow wine grapes.​  ​ In Southern Oregon’s warmer regions you’ll find a parade of Rhone wines (Syrah, Viognier, Grenache, Roussanne) and Bordeaux classics (Cab, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec), with Zin in the mix, too.

 

Tasting fee for members is $12 per person and $20 per couple.  Non-member fee is $16 per person.  CASH ONLY!  Please also bring your own wine glasses.  Please bring an appetizer and wine to share with the group. 

Please RSVP by sending an email to membership@elvvaws.org, or through our Facebook event. Hope to see you all there.  If you have any questions please email membership@elvvaws.org.  Cheers!

ELVVAWS February 2018 Meeting: Thomas Jefferson and Viticulture

Our next meeting is on WEDNESDAY February 21, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. at Veil at the Silverton Hotel Casino and will be a special event for the week of Presidents Day 2018!

“Thomas Jefferson and Viticulture” will be presented by Gabriele Rausse, the Director of Gardens and Grounds at Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home in Charlottesville, VA. Join us as we follow the oenological adventures of our third president – and first distinguished viticulturist – sipping delicious wines from France and Virginia along the way!

Gabriele Rausse has been planting vines and making wines in Virginia for more than 40 years, and has been called “The Father of the Modern Virginia Wine Industry”. This is a rare opportunity to spend an evening with a talented winemaker whose unparalleled knowledge of Thomas Jefferson as a farmer, scientist, and oenophile come together in an event not to be missed!

Tasting fee for members is $12 per person and $20 per couple.  Non-member fee is $16 per person.  CASH ONLY!  Please also bring your own wine glasses.  Please bring an appetizer and wine to share with the group. 

Please RSVP by sending an email to membership@elvvaws.org, or through our Facebook event. Hope to see you all there.  If you have any questions please email membership@elvvaws.org.  Cheers!

ELVVAWS January 2018 Meeting: Zinfandels

Our next meeting is set for Thursday January 18th at 6:30pm at Grape Expectations at 7360 Eastgate Road Suite 125, Henderson NV 89011.  It can get chilly there, so please dress accordingly.

This month we will be tasting zinteresting zinfandels from six different regions!  Robust zinfandel is known for its bold flavors of jam, blueberry, black pepper, cherry, plum, boysenberry, cranberry, and licorice. When you taste Zinfandel it often explodes with candied fruitiness followed by spice and often a tobacco-like smoky finish.  We will enjoy a presentation as well, to learn more about each of the wines.

Tasting fee for members is $12 per person and $20 per couple.  Non-member fee is $16 per person.  CASH ONLY!  Please also bring your own wine glasses.  Please bring an appetizer and wine to share with the group. 

Please RSVP by sending an email to membership@elvvaws.org, or through our Facebook event. Hope to see you all there.  If you have any questions please email membership@elvvaws.org.  Cheers & Happy New Year!

ELVVAWS December 2017 Meeting: Holiday Party

Our next meeting is set for Thursday December 21st at 6:30pm at Grape Expectations at 7360 Eastgate, Suite 125, Henderson NV 89011.  It can get chilly there, so please dress accordingly.

Similar to last year, we are going to have wines set up at various tasting stations, and you serve yourself, no waiting for anyone to pour wine for you!  This will give us all time to socialize, hang out, listen to some great music and try new wines!  

Tasting fee for members is $8 per person and $15 per couple.  Non-member fee is $13 per person.  CASH ONLY!  Please also bring your own wine glasses.  Please bring an appetizer and wine to share with the group. 

Please RSVP by sending an email to membership@elvvaws.org, or through our Facebook event. Hope to see you all there.  If you have any questions please email membership@elvvaws.org.  Cheers & Happy Holidays!

ELVVAWS October 2017 Meeting: Wines from Washington State

Our next Meeting is set for October 12th at 6:30pm at Veil at the Silverton.  We will be exploring wines from the state of Washington. Washington ranks 2nd in the nation in wine production (behind California), and this exciting program will feature wines from several of the state’s 13 American Viticultural Areas (AVA’s) – and a special surprise!

Tasting fee for members is $8 per person and $15 per couple. Non-member fee is $13 per person. CASH ONLY! Please bring your own wine glass.  Please bring an appetizer and wine to share with the group. Get a hotel room at the Silverton for just $35 on meeting nights.  Call 866-722-4608and say you are with the American Wine Society to book your room and use code AWS2017.

Please RSVP by emailing us at membership@elvvaws.org. If you have any questions, let us know.  Hope to see you there!

ELVVAWS September 2017 Meeting: The Effect of Oak on Wine

Our next meeting is set for Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at Grape Expectations.
We will be measuring the effect that oak has in the wine making process. With help from Big Mike and The Chad at Grape Expectations, we will sample seven different wines, a neutral Cabernet Sauvignon, the same Cabernet with two different toasts of French oak, the same Cabernet with two different toasts of American oak and finally the same Cabernet with two different toasts of Hungarian Oak.
You do not need to bring wine glasses for this event, as we will pre-pour all of the wines for you to compare.  Because the wine will be pre-poured it is important to PLEASE RSVP so we have an accurate count of attendees.  You can RSVP on our Facebook page, or email membership@elvvaws.org.
Tasting fee for members is $8 per person and $15 per couple. Non-member fee is $13 per person. CASH ONLY! Please bring an appetizer and wine to share with the group.
Also, if you are an amateur wine maker, you can enter the American Wine Society’s Amateur Wine Competition (AWC).  If you plan on entering, please contact Chris Creasey at chris@elvvaws.org to coordinate deliver of the wine.  All wines need to be in Chris’ hands by September 20th.  Our chapter has been very successful in the past winning medals!!

ELVVAWS August 2017 Meeting: Organic, Sustainable & Biodynamic Wines

Our next meeting is set for next Thursday August 10th, at 6:30 pm at Veil at The Silverton.  We will be blind tasting wines that are Organic, Biodynamic & Sustainable as part of the National Tasting Project.  We will score the wines, and at the end of the year, AWS National will let us know how our scores compared to others around the country.  

Tasting fee for members is $8 per person and $15 per couple. Non-member fee is $13 per person. CASH ONLY! Please bring your own wine glass.  Please bring an appetizer and wine to share with the group.

Please RSVP to membership@elvvaws.org.

Get a hotel room at the Silverton for just $35 on meeting nights.  Call 866-722-4608 and say you are with the American Wine Society to book your room and use code AWS2017.

More information about the National Tasting Project here: http://www.americanwinesociety.org/page/tastingproject