March 28, 2017

Neighbors Pressure KC WInery to Close

At Midwest Wine Press, we get occasional emails from people who are thinking about starting wineries. Our 2012 story So You Want to Start a Winery summarizes a winery owner panel discussion at the Cold Climate Conference.  The message from the winery owners is clear:  Pay special attention to local governing bodies.According to reports from KSHB-TV, a seven year old Kansas City area winery … [Read more...]

What Happened to the Original Midwest Wineries?

During October of 1974,  the Saturday Evening Post published a "Guide to American Wineries."  This article was probably the first discussion of bonded Midwestern Wineries to appear in a national publication.At the time of the Saturday Evening Post's article, there were 32 wineries in the Midwest.  Ohio's 12 wineries were by far the most numerous of any Midwestern state during 1974. (Today, … [Read more...]

San Francisco Chronicle Rips Hybrid Wine Grapes

A story today in the San Francisco Chronicle has created a controversy for two words (or maybe it's just one word?) that has been since removed from the article: Frankengrapes.As the story details, wine grape researchers are very reluctant to admit that genetic engineering could improve wine grapes.  In the Chronicle story, it's implied that genetic engineering is currently being used to … [Read more...]

Ohio Seeks to Expand Farmer’s Market Wine Sales

The Elyria Chronicle Telegram reports that a bill to expand wine sales at Ohio farmer's is a step closer to passage.  In many Midwestern states the lobbying muscle of the liquor distribution industry has blocked proposals to sell local wine at local farmers markets.  Let's hope this common sense legislation passes in Ohio and spreads to other states.See: Bill Would Allow Local Wine Sales at … [Read more...]

Top Five Stories of 2015

Midwest Wine Press continues to be the leading source of original reporting about the Midwest Wine Industry.  Since inception during 2011, more than 225,000 "users" have visited Midwest Wine Press, according to Google Analytics.  During the same period, our team of writers has produced over 600 original articles about grape growing and winemaking in the middle of North America.  And we've … [Read more...]

2015 Jefferson Cup Award Winners

The Sixteenth Jefferson Cup Invitational Wine Competition was held on November 19th, 2015.  This Competition focuses on wines that are thought to be the best examples of their region, style and variety.  Doug Frost, MS, MW, who lives in Kansas City, coordinates the Jefferson Cup.The top award winners from the Midwest were:St. Julian Winery Sweet Nancie (Sparkling Traminette) nv Lake … [Read more...]

Biggest Wine Club in U.S. Is Based in Illinois

According to Crain's Chicago Business, the biggest wine club in our nation is operated by Countryside, Illinois based Cooper's Hawk Winery.  Cooper's Hawk, which started in Orland Park (a Chicago suburb) during 2005 , now has 20 restaurant locations spread over seven states.Coopers Hawk's website says that annual production in it's Countryside facility is  over 600,000 gallons per year. … [Read more...]

Consumer Wine Preferences Study Underway

An updated, new version of an influential online survey for wine consumers is now open and the drive to get wine lovers from all across the US to partake is underway. This study is conducted in conjunction with the 8th Annual Consumer Wine Awards which is slated for April 9th, 2016, in Sacramento.The survey is available online at: … [Read more...]

Michigan Winter Damage Report ’16

Growing Produce went to the recent Great Lakes Expo in Grand Rapids.  According to the Growing Produce report, the recent harsh winters hurt even some of the hybrid wine grapes. However, for the Great Lakes to freeze over this winter would require an abrupt shift in the weather, even by Midwestern standards.See: Great Lakes Expo Focus on Past Two Brutal Winters  … [Read more...]

Santa Rosa Writer Likes Cold Hardy Wines

Sonoma County wine writer Dan Berger recently recounted his favorable experiences with cold hardy wines in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.  Berger tasted some Midwestern wines at the recent Grand Harvest Awards and noted the "growing greatness" of emerging wine regions including Michigan, Wisconsin and Indiana.Berger referred collectively to Midwestern cold hardy wines as "Minnesota wine … [Read more...]