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The Society of Medical Friends of Wine was founded in 1939 by Leon D. Adams a noted authority on the Wines of America.  His vision for the Society was to bring doctors from the Northern California area together in membership in order to stimulate scientific research on wine, develop an understanding of wine's beneficial effects,

The Society of Medical Friends of Wine is now in its 78th. year! Given the great changes in the wine industry, medicine, and the economic climates, that's a remarkable achievement. The Society is one of the oldest wine groups in the country. But we're about more than just wine tasting.

Since its inception SMFW has provided wine and health education while advocating that alcohol should be used in moderation. We provide occasional research grants to qualified investigators to study alcohol use and run a web site to help disseminate such information: http://www.medicalfriendsofwine.org  Most members are physicians but the society is open to all medical professionals. Guests of members are welcome at Society events as space permits.

We believe that wine is best enjoyed with food and to that end we host four dinners per year where wines of all types are compared and discussed. We also host an annual wine tour, visiting nearby wine growers, and occasionally organize overseas tasting tours.

 
The Specific purposes for which this corporation is organized include, but are not limited to the stimulation of scientific research on medical effects of wine; education about wine; to develop understanding of the beneficial effects of wine; to disseminate and discuss information about the medical effects of wine especially to medical professionals; to make available to the public information about the medical effects of wine; to cooperate with any other organizations having a like or similar purpose or objective; to do any and all things necessary and which may be deemed proper to effectuate the purposes and objectives of this corporation.

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