February 27, 2017

Missouri’s 2017 Show Me Grape and Wine Conference

The Show Me State has a Show Me wine conference for the second year in a row. The University of Missouri's Grape and Wine Institute (GWI) is staging its Show Me Grape and Wine Conference and Symposium from March 8th to 10th at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Colombia.The notable absence of Vineyard & Winery Management's Midwest wine conference - an event that has taken place in various … [Read more...]

Installing a Vineyard: Line Post Decisions

Today we started putting in a trellis for our new vineyard at Belvoir Winery in Liberty, Missouri. There was something very satisfying about punching in those T-Posts, seeing that they didn’t fall over and admiring how we managed to keep them in straight rows.At the beginning of today I wasn’t entirely confident it would turn out so well. As a complete novice when it comes to installing … [Read more...]

Making Marquette: In the Vineyard

A decade after Marquette's release by the University of Minnesota, Midwest Wine Press is checking in on its progress with help from Calico Skies winemaker, Will Kimberley. Marquette is one of the only grape varieties capable of making quality dry red wine in the colder parts of our region. The variety was developed by the University of Minnesota’s well respected cold hardy grape breeding … [Read more...]

Indy International Wine Comp Spectacular

“I declare the 25th Olympiad of wine open!” announced Christian Butzke, Purdue University’s professor of enology. It was a timely witticism with the Olympics in Rio getting underway at the same time as the Indy International Wine Competition. Christian was chief wine judge and a magisterial and Monty Pythonesque M.C. at last week’s Indy.As he introduced the competition - in Purdue’s … [Read more...]

Midwest Wine Documentary Screens at International Film Festival

Move over Sideways ! Eat your grapes out Bottle Shock ! Could this be the film that brings the Midwest wine industry to the world?Wine Diamonds: Uncorking America’s Heartland, a feature-length documentary film about the challenges and opportunities of developing and making wine in the Midwest has been chosen as an Official Selection at the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival.For … [Read more...]

Sustainable Solution: Recycled Plastic Vineyard Posts

In the United States, recycled plastic lumber is starting to emerge as a durable and environmentally friendly option for vineyard posts.Steel or wooden posts are still the norm, but neither are ideal. The humidity and temperature fluctuations across our region mean wooden posts sometimes last only five years. Also, wooden posts are not always sourced from sustainable, plantation grown … [Read more...]

MO Grape Conference: The Dangers of Brix Fixation

I'm just back from attending half a day of the Missouri University Grape and Wine Institute's (GWU) 2016 Show Me Grape and Wine Conference and Symposium in Columbia. This three-day event is the first time the Missouri Wine & Grape Board's (MWGB) Grape and Wine Institute has been involved in hosting a public wine conference of this kind for some years - possibly a reaction to the former Midwest … [Read more...]

Indiana’s Bill Oliver Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

At the recent Eastern Winery Exposition in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Bill Oliver, president of Oliver Winery, won a Lifetime Achievement Award. Bill runs one of the leading (and biggest) wineries in our region. It's also 100% employee owned. You can read about Bill's winery in our profile: Oliver Winery's Journey to Become Midwest's Largest Winery  … [Read more...]

Craft Beverages Conference: Students Get In For Free!

We've just received some good news from Vineyard & Winery Management, the organizers of the upcoming Craft Beverages Unlimited Midwest conference: students will get in for free!Here are the details from the V&WM email: We are pleased to offer students free admission to sessions and trade show at our upcoming event on February 3-5, 2016 in St. Charles, Missouri. (not applicable for … [Read more...]

Wine in the City: Kansas City, Missouri

Originally published in WineTouristMagazine.comIn Kansas City, Missouri, you’ll find a wine culture that’s relaxed and confident. You’re in a big city, but a long way from the fast-lane of self-conscious, trendy wine establishments in New York or San Francisco. In KC it’s easy to drink from diverse wine lists offering excellent vino at affordable prices, paired with top quality food.WINE … [Read more...]