Thanks Mark, that is very kind. Good to see you here.
Actually AFW is not the exact association. Old net.wines folk is more exact. The history is that net.wines started early 1982 and became rec.food.drink (visible above) in the Great Renaming of late 1986. RFD became a thriving newsgroup but such is the nature of newsgroup creation that in the early 1990s, newbies impatient with evolution to the planned name rec.food.drink.wine created rival newsgroups on the anarchic "alt." hierarchy, resulting in multiple competing wine newsgroups for a few years -- several still exist but get no traffic. Wine postings then gradually migrated from rec.food.drink to alt.food.wine, leaving RFD an empty newsgroup by about 1994, with only sporadic or hokey postings though in some official indices it remains "the wine newsgroup." AFW is relatively new, therefore. Also I've been active on the HTTP wine fora all along, I just was late to look into this one.
Cheers -- M