October 20, 2017

Cold Climate Conf Photos and Report

The Minnesota Grape Growers Associaitons’s Cold Climate Conference wouldn’t be complete without the Winter Wine Fest.

On February 5th 2016, 30 vineyards and wineries, along with a few cider makers, sampled their best local wines and hard ciders. The Winter Wine Fest was held at the Hyatt Regency hotel in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. Alongside the wines and hard ciders were also a slew of confectionaries, cheese, and nut vendors as well. It was a stellar experience for the senses that night. Tasting so many Midwest wines, sampling new styles of cheeses and chocolates, my taste buds were overwhelmed!

Nicole Dietman displays and samples her Buffalo Rock wines.

Nicole Dietman displays and samples her Buffalo Rock wines.

Cindy Glam and Julie Miller sample Indian Island wines featuring a wine entitled, “Midnight Fantasy” (Frontenac infused with chocolate)

Cindy Glam and Julie Miller sample Indian Island wines featuring a wine entitled, “Midnight Fantasy.” (Frontenac infused with chocolate)

Two infamous Minnesota vineyard and winery owners Paul Quast from Saint Croix Vineyards and Don Millner from Millner Heritage Vineyard and Winery shake hands for a photo opp.

Famous and infamous Minnesota vineyard and winery owners Paul Quast from Saint Croix Vineyards and Don Millner from Millner Heritage Vineyard and Winery shake hands for a photo opp.

Mary Mohn one of the Flower Valley Winery founders is pictured here alongside wine educator Caroline Blakeslee. The ladies sample some of Flower Valley’s award winning wines.

Mary Mohn, one of the Flower Valley Winery founders, is pictured here alongside wine educator Caroline Blakeslee. The ladies sample some of Flower Valley’s award winning wines.

Steven Boyd Vineyard and Winery Manager at Parley Lake Winey discusses winemaking techniques with a Winter Wine Fest patron.

Steven Boyd, vineyard and winery manager at Parley Lake Winery, discusses winemaking techniques with a Winter Wine Fest patron.

Luke Sombke wine maker for Danzinger Vineyards from Alma, Wisconsin pours a sample of their Twilight Delight (Marquette and Saint Croix grapes).

Luke Sombke, wine maker for Danzinger Vineyards, from Alma, Wisconsin pours a sample of their Twilight Delight (Marquette and Saint Croix grapes).

Martin Polignioli (winemaker) and owner Paul Quast sample some of Saint Croix Vineyards award winning wines.

Martin Polignioli (winemaker) and owner Paul Quast sample some of Saint Croix Vineyards award winning wines.

Kim and Jon Hamilton sample some of their hard cider and wine from White Winter Winery located in Iron River, Minnesota.

Kim and Jon Hamilton sample some of their hard cider and wine from White Winter Winery located in Iron River, Minnesota.

Joan Northhouse and Herdie Baisden(Co-Owner with wife not pictured, Carol Wiersma) sample their wines and ciders from Maiden Rock Winery and Cidery.

Joan Northhouse and Herdie Baisden(Co-Owner with wife not pictured, Carol Wiersma) sample their wines and ciders from Maiden Rock Winery and Cidery.

A collection of all the wines being served at the MGGA’s Cold Climate Conference Winter Wine Fest February 5th, 2016.

A collection of all the wines being served at the MGGA’s Cold Climate Conference Winter Wine Fest February 5th, 2016.