by Averill Shepps—
The PWS Board met in July for its annual planning meeting. We have found that taking time away from monthly meetings to reflect on our purpose and direction and then framing a schedule of events for the year is very constructive. Staying on after the meeting to share wine and food helped to bond the group as well. We want to continue to offer you events at different levels of wine experience; from entry level for those starting out on their wine journey, to events that will appeal to the more experienced.
We also affirmed our goal of having some events that are more social in nature so that members can get to know each other in an informal setting. We want to offer you a variety of speakers and presenters, striving to make the tastings educational and entertaining.
Some of the subjects we hope to cover in 2018: South African wines (they continue to improve and be more available); New Zealand wines (increasingly popular); Alsace wines (a seldom covered area yet one with extraordinary wines); Wines from Italy (always popular).
Exploring the subject of grape variety, we want to offer you tastings on Cabernet Franc (no longer just a blending grape); Chardonnay (one of the most widely grown grapes in the world); Rose (more and more popular) and High-End Burgundy (no further explanation needed). We would also like to offer you a Vertical tasting (though this presents unique problems because of the PA wine laws); a social event at Waltz Winery; a presentation of Blair wines (Pinot Noir, Pinot Noir!); and never forget that in January we will have the 16th year of PA Wine Excellence. Happy 2018 everyone!!