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National Conference

Conference Agenda

Join us for the 51st American Wine Society Conference from November 1-3, 2018 at the Buffalo National Convention Center (BNCC). You'll enjoy 2 1/2 days of great wines, fantastic sessions, and most importantly, the chance to renew old friendships and make new ones.

Wednesday, October 31 | Thursday, November 1 | Friday, November 2 | Saturday, November 3

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Conference registration began in June and will remain open until we are sold out. pleas register online at, call the national office or submit the form below.

1. Online(preferred):

You must already be registered for the conference to select your sessions. Selecting sessions online is simple and straightforward, and we encourage you to use this method. Submitting you session selections via phone, fax or mail incurs a $20 per person fee.

• Please go to the AWS website,

Sign in to your profile from the top of the page.

• Click manage profile at the top of the page.

• Click Event Registrations under Invoicing, Payments and History.

• Click the pen/paper icon next to your name under 2018 AWS 51st National Conference.

• Select your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choices for each session time slot.

• Check every session, meal reception, etc. that you wish to attend. Each event is ticketed. We will not assume that a full conference registration means you want to attend all events.

• Pay any special session fees.

• Click Save

2. Manually

Complete pages 16-18 (please print legibly). Calculate all special session fees and 20$pp concierge service fee. Be sure to include your payment via check, money order or credit card. Following the conference, you will receive a re-fund for any paid sessions you selected and did not receive.


By Mail:

American Wine Society P.O. Box

889 Scranton, PA 18501

By Fax:


By Scan and Email: then call 888.297.9070 to make a secure credit card payment.


Learn more about becoming a National Conference Sponsor and the associated benefits with our Sponsorship Menu (PDF).

Hotel Information

    Our conference hotel for 2018 is the beautiful Downtown Buffalo Hyatt, located in the heart of the business, entertainment and dining districts. You may make your room reservation now at the AWS conference rate of $139.00 per night, single or double occupancy.

    Reserve your room online at: /go/americanwinesociety

    Or call: 888.421.1442 and refer to the AWS conference. The cutoff date to recieve our room block rate is October 16, 2018.

Featured Speakers

Lee Schlesinger

New England Sales Director for Winesellers ltd

Mike Wangbickler

CEO of Balzac Communications & Marketing.

Bartholomew Broadbent

CEO, Broadbent Selections Inc.

Dr. Joseph A. Fiola

Specialist in Viticulture at University of Maryland

Annette Schiller

Owner of Ombiasy PR & Wine Tours

Rick Cusker

CSW, CSS, AWS Graduate Wine Judge

Dr. Gary C. Pavlis

Agriculture Agent at Rutgers University

51st National Conference


Contact us

American Wine Society
PO Box 889
Scranton, PA 18501
(888) 297-9070