American Wine Society makes Arkansas Debut


ALTUS - The Arkansas Chapter of the American Wine Society held its first membership meeting Nov. 5, in Altus.  Members and guests from Little Rock, Fort Smith, Fayetteville, and local areas celebrated with an evening of delicious food and a selection of both red and white wines from Italy, New Jersey, Tennessee, Oregon, Arkansas, and California.


Organized in 1967, the American Wine Society is a national, non-profit consumer organization devoted to educating people on all aspects of wine.  Its members are home and professional wine makers, grape growers, wine educators, wine writers, restaurateurs, serious consumers, wine lovers from all walks of life, and anyone who wants to learn more about the appreciation of wine and food. 

Arkansas Chapter Chairman, Bob Cowie, announced plans for three meetings next year, which include events in Fort Smith and Little Rock.  According to Cowie, more and more Arkansans are becoming interested in wine and want to know more about types, varieties, and finding wines that they like.  He adds, “We can help them.  We want to promote an appreciation of wine and its healthful benefits.”  Although local membership includes professional Arkansas winery owners, most members are amateur winemakers and others who simply enjoy wine.  The new organization is conducting a membership drive and it hopes to draw people from all over Arkansas to join its ranks.  It is an educational, as well as a fun group.


Individuals and/or businesses interested in joining the Arkansas Chapter or obtaining more information are encouraged to contact Sec/Treasure Mary Jane Cains by phone at 479-468-2888, or email aws@mountbethel.com.