February 27, 2017

2016 Midwest Wine Conference Schedule

Here are the Midwest Wine Conferences in chronological order.  Some Conferences have not released agendas or speakers yet, so please check back periodically.  This article will be updated as more information becomes available.Heartland Wine Conference, Sponsored by The Kansas Grape Growers and Winemakers Association, January 22-23, 2016, The Sheraton Four Points in Manhattan, KS.The … [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...]

KY’s Largest Winery Sold to Californians

It's always good to see wine professionals from established regions investing in Midwest Wine.  That's especially true of the Papina family from California who recently purchased Elk Creek Vineyards, Kentucky's largest winery by volume.  The Papina's have a Napa Valley grape growing legacy that goes back 145 years.  All that expertise will help to grow our regional wine industry. Welcome to … [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...]

Labor Day Grilling with Local Wines

From Tyler Madison, the Grape and Wine Program manager with the Kentucky Grape and Wine Council, comes some suggestions on how pair cold hardy wines with your Labor Day outdoor cooked foods.  It's in the mid-90's in much of the Midwest this weekend, so you could cook your food on the sidewalk.See: Labor Day Grilling With Wines That Are Not Zinfandel or Chardonnay  … [Read more...]

Midwest Wine Press Fourth Anniversary

This column commemorates the fourth anniversary of Midwest Wine Press.  During that time, we've produced over 500 original articles about our regional wine industry, by far the most of any publication.In retrospect, I would have not chosen the name Midwest Wine Press.  As Minnesota entrepreneur Eric Dalton told the Wall Street Journal, "The (name) Midwest tends to be what's left over after all … [Read more...]

2015 Midwest Winery Rankings

The Midwest wine industry continues to grow. The number of wineries in the 11 state area Midwest Wine Press covers rebounded strongly during 2014 after barely growing at all during 2013. During 2014, the number of Federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) winery permits in the Midwest increased by 7% to 1,264.Midwest Wine Press has been tracking winery permits since 2012. During … [Read more...]

Cold “Wreaking Havoc” on Regional Wine Industry

The O'Keefes of Northern Michigan -Edward and son Eddie- have been farming grapes on the Old Mission Peninsula since 1974.  So when the O'Keefes express concern about the cold damage of the past two years at their Chateau Grand Traverse Winery (see below), it's not Weather Channel style meteorological hype.At daybreak Friday morning, the temperature in Traverse City was -17F.  A few degrees … [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...]

The Global Influence of Midwest Wine

Dionysus (also called Bacchus) is the well-known god of grapes. What's not so well-known about Dionysus is that he had a tough time fitting in with the other gods.  His mother was a mortal and his father was Zeus, king of the gods, which made him a foreigner wherever he went.In many respects, Midwestern wine is like Dionysus, something of an outcast but also historically significant. … [Read more...]