April 30, 2017

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...]

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...]

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...]

Couple Pours Their Souls Into Liquid Art Winery

David and Danielle Tegtmeier are a delightful couple in their mid-twenties with a mutually reinforcing passion for fine wine. Both are Kansas natives who originally met while students at Kansas State University (KSU). Their ambitious new estate winery, Liquid Art Winery, will provide a unique venue for events in Manhattan, Kansas and the Flint Hills.But this is more than just the story of a … [Read more...]

Kentucky 2015 Commonwealth Medal Results

The winners of Kentucky's major wine competition, The 2015 Commissioner's Cup,  were presented on November 14 at the Mercury Ballroom in downtown Louisville. Cocktails, dinner and a presentation by Doug High, morning anchor at WTVQ in Lexington and a producer of documentaries about Kentucky wine.This is the third year of the Kentucky Commissioner's Cup. According to Tyler Madison, grape and … [Read more...]

Grapes of the Hudson Valley Has Midwest Appeal

Grapes of the Hudson Valley by Stephen Casscles is a new reference guide that Midwestern grape growers and wine enthusiasts will find compelling.  The Hudson Valley runs north and south down the eastern edge of New York.  This scenic region has a climate similar to much of the Midwest. (USDA grow zone 5 with winter temps as low as -15F.)Within 250 pages, this reference book covers more than … [Read more...]

Virginia Shows the Potential of Midwest Wine

Recently, I returned from a trip to the Central Virginia wine producing region around Charlottesville.  There are many similarities between Virginia and the Midwest that demonstrate the promise of our Midwestern wine industry. Hybrid wines are not only being grown successfully in Virginia, but consumers are buying them.If you haven't heard, Virginia wine is hot. There are now over 200 … [Read more...]

Round Lake Vineyards and The Giant Canada Goose

 One of Minnesota's largest grape growers, Round Lake Vineyards, is about to open an ambitious new winery operation producing a full roster of estate grown wines.  Round Lake's "Grand Opening" weekend starts on June 5th and runs from Friday to Sunday.While the winery is new, the berries that begot the winery have been in the ground for as long as six years.  Round Lake co-owners, husband … [Read more...]

Fully Flavored, Low Alcohol Wine in the Midwest?

My sources in Australia (dad and mum!) recently sent over a news article about a low alcohol wines ‘breakthrough’ that could have implications for winemaking in the Midwest. ‘Low-Alcohol Wine On It’s Way’, by Sydney Morning Herald wine writer, Huon Hooke, describes a ‘secret’ that New Zealand winemaker and molecular biologist, John Forrest, has uncovered:“Forrest and his team of winemakers and … [Read more...]

Midwest Wine Programs in Transition

Michael Moyer didn’t hesitate to leave Walla Walla, Wash., for greener pastures this spring. After all, the job offer was huge. Could he launch the Midwest’s first – and only – commercial teaching winery in the upper Midwest?Beginning this fall, students – with a cap at around 25 – at Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor, Mich., can earn a certificate or associates degree in enology or … [Read more...]