• National Tasting Project – Wines of Washington State

    March 11, 2020 | News | Randy Shelton
  • April 20th  – National Tasting Project

         “The drinking of wine is a celebration of life, good food, and special company.  It’s one of the great pleasures of the world, and its enjoyment is enhanced by some knowledge of its varieties, flavors, and styles.”

                                      Kevin Zraly, Founder and Teacher at

                                                    Windows on the World Wine School

                                                    From The Quotable Wine Lover

    The Heritage Hunt Wine Club pursues a mission of sharing quality wines, and presenting vineyards, wineries, and wine-makers from around the world.  Whether you’re new to wine or an experienced oenophile, you’ll be at home at our wine-tasting events.

    At the February meeting, 60 members and guests took advantage of the popular “sip and mingle” format to enjoy wines of Spain and Portugal.  Although your reporter was not able to attend, the feedback that he received signaled that this event was “fabulous”.  Bistro style tables were set up so that there was virtually no waiting in line for the various white and red wines available to sample.  Once again, the Virginian Dining Room did an excellent job of providing some tasty snacks to accompany the wines.  Anticipate that we will probably use this popular format again sometime later this year.

    The March meeting was anticipated to be another visit from the Tenuta Torciano Winery, a repeat of the extremely well-received visit from two years ago.  Attendees were expected to taste more of their award-wining wines including Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Chianti, Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino, Rosso di Montalcino, Nobile di Montepulciano, Montepulciano, and Super Tuscan blends of Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah.  A complete report on that meeting will be in next month’s article.

    Our April meeting will be the annual American Wine Society National Tasting Project which unites AWS members across the country for a themed educational wine tasting experience.  The NTP committee chooses a different theme each year and selects several wines that exemplify different styles within that theme. This year’s project is an AVA study of the wines of Washington State featuring the wines of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates.  Your executive committee has selected eight wines that each attendee will have the opportunity to sample and score.  Our results will be turned-in and submitted to the national committee to see how our scores compare to other AWS chapters/members.  This is a special event with a limited number of seats available.  All attendees must be AWS members, therefore guests will need to skip this meeting.  For more information or to register for this event, please contact Amy Howard at 703-743-2091 or at ahoward09@comcast.net no later than noon, Tuesday, April 14th.

    A reminder that we are still working on putting as much information as possible of interest to club members on our website (www.heritagehuntwine.club).  Please visit it, and let members of the executive committee know what you think about it.  We are open to any good ideas.

    The Great Oak Ballroom in the Clubhouse will open at 6:45pm on Monday, April 20th for the National Tasting Project.  The meeting will come to order at 7 pm.  Attendees can pay the event fee of $25/person at the door by cash or check.