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American Wine Society, Smoky Mountain Chapter

Who We Are

Many enjoyable, socially oriented wine clubs exist in Tellico Village. The American Wine Society (AWS), Smoky Mountain Chapter, is different. Our primary purpose is to educate members about wine.

The Smoky Mountain Chapter (SMC), right here in Tellico Village, has over 95 members interested in learning more about wine. Our Chapter collects $2.50 per taster, per tasting towards a wine-focused educational scholarship.

We have member-hosted tastings at least monthly. The focus of our tastings varies; for example particular grapes such as Pinot Noir or Chardonnay; particular regions such as Tuscany or Napa Valley; particular styles of winemaking such as the difference between barrel aging and stainless-steel aging.

Hosts choose the venue, wines and any food, which sets the price per taster (costs reimbursed by the club after tasting). Hosts have offered tastings from $20 to $70 per person. These member-hosts provide information on geography, vintage, and grape variety. Tasters use AWS scoring sheets to guide their ratings of color, smell, taste, and overall impression. The maximum number of attendees varies and is determined by the host. Some tastings offer an optional dinner afterwards.

AWS National has about 7,000 members ranging from wine consumers to amateur and professional winemakers to chefs to wine educators and to wineries. The Smoky Mountain Chapter (SMC) has a number of members who belonged to other American Wine Society chapters before moving to this area.

If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, guests are able to attend up to three tastings (on a space-available basis) before making the decision to join The American Wine Society as a member.

Tastings are published on the TellicoLife (https://tvlife.memberclicks.net/event-calendar-qlink ) Calendar. All of our tastings on the calendar start with “AWS”. You register for events by clicking on the event and information about the event will popup. At the bottom of the page is a “Sign Up Here” button.

If you want to join the American Wine Society:

click on “Join Now!”

After you join, your information will be sent to our local Chapter. We will contact you and email instructions on how to join our chapter’s private circle on TellicoLife.

To access this page directly, bookmark: https://www.tellicolife.org/american-wine-society--smoky-mountain-chapter