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National Tasting Project

We hope everyone had a chance to participate in The National Tasting Project 2016, Featuring The Rhone Rangers


PLEASE NOTE: The deadline to turn in the Reporting Forms is OCTOBER 1, 2016


Any forms turned in after this date will not be included in our final report


Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.  We hope you have enjoyed the tastings!


Email completed reporting forms to: ntp@americanwinesociety.org


What is The National Tasting Project?


The NTP is a wine education and tasting opportunity for AWS Chapters across the US. Each year the NTP committee chooses a theme and selects several widely available wines that show different styles within the theme. Chapters hold tastings to sample the wines and then see how their ratings compare to other AWS chapters. This year the National Tasting Project features rare and small production wines that will unleash your inner cowboy (or cowgirl)!


Immerse your mind and palate in some of the best boutique wines of the Rhone Rangers. The Rhone Rangers are a group of roughly 150 wineries dedicated to making wines from the 22 grape varieties originally made famous in France’s Rhone Valley. These varieties range from the better-known Syrah and Viognier to the up-and-coming Grenache, Mourvèdre and Roussanne, to more obscure, but delicious, varieties like Counoise and Picpoul.


  • Features eight wines priced between $15 and $28 from Anglim ▪ Derby ▪ Horton ▪ Kita ▪ Michael-David ▪ Sculpterra ▪ Tablas Creek ▪ Thirty-Seven Wines
  • Designed for a budget friendly tasting. (16 people, 1 bottle each will average $20 per person**) 
  • Features eight wines priced between $26 and $64 from Bonny Doon ▪ Cass ▪ Guyomar ▪ Kukkula ▪ Pax Mahle ▪ Summerwood
  • Designed for members with no qualms about spending a bit more. (16 people, 1 bottle each will average $30 per person**) 
  • Due to the limited availability of these wines, the deadline to order is April 30, 2016. (After this date there is no guarantee the wines will be available.) 
  • Hosts for Chapter Tastings must be chosen soon,so that they have sufficient time to contact the wineries and MarketView, place orders and receive the wines in advance of this deadline. (This may be a bit time consuming but these wines are worth the extra effort!)

Click here to get the 2016 National Tasting Project details and instructions.
Click here to see the 2016 NTP Reporting Form Instructions


The Power Point presentations for Tier One and Tier Two tastings will be emailed to those hosting the tastings.  



Our goal this year is for ALL chapters to participate. Your chapter would like to do both Tiers? What a fantastic idea! Two is, after all, better than one. Who can say “No” to more wine!

If you have trouble finding/ordering the wines, email ntp@americanwinesociety.org; we will be happy to help you obtain the wines for this project! 


**prices estimated to include average cost of shipping and tax - delivery charges vary by state.


Prior National Tasting Project Results


The 2015 National Tasting Project "Austria and Hungary"

Click Here for the 2015 NTP Results

The 2014 National Tasting Project "Spanish Wines"
Click Here for the 2014 NTP Results


The 2013 National Tasting Project "Rhône Style Wines"
Click Here for the 2013 NTP Results


The 2012 National Tasting Project, "Subtle & Soft - Pinot Noir"
Click Here for the 2012 NTP Results

The 2011 National Tasting Project: "Merlot- The Wine that Gets No Respect"
Click Here for the 2011 NTP Results


The 2010 National Tasting Project "The Wines of Chile and Argentina" 
Click Here for the 2010 NTP Results


Thank you to all the chapters that participated in the 2015 National Tasting Project and we look forward to another great year of chapter participation in 2016!


Contact ntp@americanwinesociety.org if you have any questions or comments about the National Tasting Project. 


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