The American Wine Society's 2012 National Conference, Portland, OR

November 8, 2012 (Thu) - November 10, 2012 (Sat)
5:00 PM - 11:45 PM

Red Lion Hotel on the River - Jantzen Beach
909 N. Hayden Island Drive
Portland, OR 97217

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Cost: $425.00 per person and you must be a member of the American Wine Society to attend

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The American Wine Society (AWS), the nation’s largest wine consumers’ organization, has selected Portland, OR as the site of its 2012 annual conference, the 45th conference AWS has held.

Portland’s central location to the Pacific Northwest wine industry and internationally-recognized culture of nightlife, food and drink appealed to the group, said AWS executive director John Hames. “Portland is a perfect destination for people who enjoy wine,” Hames said. “ It’s centrally located near fantastic wine regions in both Oregon and Washington with amazing scenery, abundant locally grown foods and a wide variety of wonderful wines – what more could a wine lover want?” 

The conference will be held Nov. 8 through 10 and kicks off with an opening reception of Oregon wines followed by two days of tasting session with leading personalities and wines from top regions throughout the wine world. Days are punctuated by wine-pairing meals, including a sparkling wine breakfast and grand banquet.  Pre-conference activities include wine dinners and excursions into town and wine country. The complete agenda will be announced next summer.

The American Wine Society Commercial Wine Competition and the Amateur Wine Competition are held in conjunction with the conference. The organization’s wine judge certification training, the only in the world, will also be held at the event. 

This is the first time the organization had its conference in the City of Roses. 


About the American Wine Society

Founded in 1967, the American Wine Society (AWS) is the oldest and largest consumer-based organization in the U.S. dedicated to promoting wine appreciation through education. AWS is a non-profit organization of 4,200 wine enthusiasts, from novice to expert, in 125 chapters throughout the U.S. and Canada. Membership is open to any adult interested in wine. To learn more, visit us online at: