March 28, 2017

Lori Paulsen New Exec Dir at NWGGA

The Nebraska Winery and Grape Growers Association (NWGGA) is pleased to announce that Lori Paulsen has recently taken over the Executive Director position for the 90 member non-profit association representing Nebraska wineries, vineyards and grape growers. Paulsen, a veteran in the nonprofit sector, holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and has a strong communications, … [Read more...]

Best MO and KS Wines Per Doug Frost

Doug Frost is one of only three people in the world to hold both Master Sommelier and Master of Wine titles. He lives in Kansas City and knows as much about his region's wine as any living person.Recently, he revealed his favorite wines to Kansas City Public Media.Here's the story: The Best Wines In Kansas And Missouri Of 2014 … [Read more...]

Clark Smith Upbeat About Midwest Wine Industry

Clark Smith, winemaker, wine innovator and author, is one of the star speakers at Missouri’s upcoming Midwest Grape & Wine Conference in St. Charles. As editor of Appellation America he also keeps a close eye on emerging grape varieties and has a particular interest in the hybrid grapes grown in the Midwest. The California based Smith comes to this year’s conference excited about the future … [Read more...]

VESTA’s Enology Program Makes it Real

I had reached the moment of truth in VIN146, the Introduction to Enology course that forms part of the VESTA wine education program: it was time to bottle my homemade wine.Until now, the weeks spent dabbling with wine juice, chemicals from bentonite to sulfite, daily temperature monitoring and Brix readings had all seemed like innocent fun. It reminded me of being a little boy again when I … [Read more...]

2015 Previews for Midwest Wine Conferences

It's that time of year again, and we're not talking about the Holidays.  Yes, Midwest wine fans, it's time to check your snow tires and find your white rabbit ushanka, cause it's Midwest Wine Conference season.This year, it would be technically possible to attend all the Midwestern wine conferences, although the Michigan and Nebraska events overlap.  Some wine conferences, like the Michigan … [Read more...]

Dog Friendly Wineries

Growing numbers of Midwest wineries are going where very few bars and restaurants in the United States have gone before – encouraging customers to bring their dogs. The move is attracting visits from both dog owning, day-tripping tourists and local dog owners with their Patch or Lassie.Internet guides for dog owners testify to numerous canine friendly wineries. Bringfido.com lists dozens … [Read more...]

Travel Behaviors of Midwest Wine Tourists

The Northern Grapes Project (NGP) continues to advance our industry’s knowledge of the habits of Midwest wine tourists. The latest issue of Northern Grapes News, features the research of Michigan State University's Dan McCole, Don Holecek and Leanna Popp: Understanding the Travel Behaviors of Wine Tourists in Michigan’s Leelanau Peninsula. See related story: First Year Results from Northern … [Read more...]

Weston Wine Company Pairs Cupcakes and Wine

Entering the doorway to Weston Wine Company,  the "pink" hits you all at once. (We're talking about the color, not the musician.)Between the pale red colors on the walls and the way the light dances off the winery's chandeliers, you will be transplanted to a fairy tale of sorts. But don't let the girlie décor deter you from staying awhile and sampling Missouri wines paired with gourmet … [Read more...]

Omaha Crush Ticket Contest Winner

The winner of the Omaha Crush Wine Festival ticket contest is Katherine Giddens of Omaha who was the eighth person to answer the following questions correctly: 1.  What was the first post Prohibition winery in Nebraska?Answer: Cuthills Vineyard in Pierce, NE is Nebraska's first winery. 2. The brother of a famous Chicago gangster of the 1920's was a federal alcohol agent in Nebraska.  What … [Read more...]

Midwest Wine Trail Rankings for 2014

No wine region in the world has as many wine trails as the Midwestern U.S. A big part of the Midwestern wine experience is visiting a winery to enjoy the terroir and perhaps speak directly with the people who grow the grapes and make the wine.<By our count, 68 percent of Midwest wineries are on one of  60 wine trails.See related story: 2014 Midwest Winery Rankings1. Illinois- 91 … [Read more...]