March 26, 2017

Winegrowing in Kansas: Vineyard Help Needed!

This is the first blog from our new columnist Cindy Reynolds. With husband Dennis, Cindy is co-owner of  Somerset Ridge Vineyard & Winery in Kansas.The view of our 20 acres of wine grapes is lush, green and beautiful after a spring of abundant rain and sunshine. Every grapegrower we know is thanking the wine gods because of our recent experiences with less than ideal weather. But this … [Read more...]

Simply Aronia Wine

Several years ago, my husband and I ordered some aronia wine on the Internet. The entire contents of the bottle landed in the sink. More recently, skilled winemakers are proving that aronia makes good wine.Two of the wineries are Randy Albrecht’s Wolf Creek Winery in Coleharbor, North Dakota, and Gerry Godfrey’s Mount Zion Winery in Marydel, Maryland.Albrecht’s $15.99 Aronia Berry Wine … [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...]

‘Super’ Appellations: A View from Stone Hill Winery

This article by Danny Wood is part of a series looking at the idea of ‘super’ appellations in the Midwest. We’re bouncing around the idea of uniting parts of our region under a bigger appellation category according to grape variety, rather than terroir, and with strict quality controls. The aim is to help market the best Midwest wines in our region.Many smaller wineries in our region rely … [Read more...]

‘Super’ Appellations: A View from Minnesota

Here’s the second installment of our series looking at the idea of ‘super’ appellations in the Midwest. We’re bouncing around the idea of uniting parts of our region under a bigger appellation category according to grape variety, rather than terroir, and with strict quality controls. The aim is to help market the best Midwest wines in our region. See related story: 'Super' Appellations: A View … [Read more...]

MO Wine Industry Seeks Winery Definition Change

Leading members of Missouri's wine industry are calling for changes to the way a winery is defined."It's got to the point now where there are actually restaurants that are calling themselves wineries," said Tony Kooyumjian, chair of  a special sub-committee set up a few months ago by the Missouri Wine and Grape Board (MWGB) to look into the winery definition issue.Under current state … [Read more...]

Is Australian Chambourcin The Best?

Chambourcin is a very popular grape for winemakers in less extreme temperatures zones of the Midwest. However, like many hybrids, the grape isn't high in tannins and once vinified into dry red wine, it can be plagued by an overly vegetal taste.I haven't tried a huge number of Chambourcin wines - possibly fifteen to twenty -  but even to a fan of hybrid grapes like me, many were simply too … [Read more...]

bigLITTLE’s Approach to Small Batch Wines

It is rare that a new winery sneaks up on you in Northern Michigan. Once locals spot a new construction site, the rumors start to spread and it doesn’t take long for the secret to get out. Due to it being notoriously hard to predict opening dates in the alcohol business, owners try to keep things under wraps until more certainty comes along. Like parents expecting a newborn, you don’t want to let … [Read more...]

How to Get Pesticide Certified

For many of us working in the field of viticulture, applying pesticides to grapes is a necessity. Pesticide application is a useful skill, and one that involves education combined with hands-on experience to learn. However, navigating the path to getting certified can be confusing.Let's start with the basics.  Certification by your state government is required to apply many commonly used … [Read more...]

Wine Law By the Case: The Year in Review

2014 is quickly winding down.  A look back on the year in alcohol beverage practice most notably reflects issues raised by changing methods of doing business, including the avenues used to make sales to consumers and to deliver products to them.E commerce and direct shipment continue to generate questions without clear answers.  New businesses operating outside of the traditional brick and … [Read more...]