September 19, 2017

Wine Competition Winners in the Midwest

Listed below are the top award winners for the major Midwestern Wine Competitions. The Cold Climate Wine Competition in Minnesota winners can be accessed by clicking the link below.  It's heartening to see so many quality cold climate wines among the winners.  We've included the types of grapes used to make the all the winners. Mid-American Wine Competition (Iowa) Sweepstakes Award … [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...]

Michigan Brewers Tired of Paying for Wine Research

One reason that Michigan has such a robust wine industry is the money from non-retailer state license fees for breweries, distillers and wineries goes to fund the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council.  That funding brings in about $750,000 per year.But now Michigan is growing about 400 acres of hops for beer.  That's small in comparison with the approximately 2,600 acres of grapes in … [Read more...]

Hybrids Replacing Vinifera in Michigan

Since inception, Midwest Wine Press has been covering the hybrids versus vinifera race.  While we don't have a horse in this contest, the potential for cold hardy wine grapes in our temperate climate best captures our imaginations.Imagine vast vineyards planted with Foch and Vignoles stretching over the horizon in Ohio or Michigan.  For Michigan, such a change would be a departure from the … [Read more...]

Burgundy Flair in Michigan: Dablon Winery Debuts

If I had to use one word to describe Dablon Vineyards and Winery, it would be refined.  The winery and vineyard does an impressive job of mixing old world winemaking with modern style and class.The craftsmanship and attention to detail is easily noticed when entering the tasting room. It is a beautiful space with enough room for visitors to sample and socialize. Laura Gelder, Tasting Room … [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...]

Cosmic Wines from Southwest Michigan

Joe Herman, proprietor of Karma Vista Winery believes he has the best job on the planet. As he puts it, "If I pour myself into my work, at the end of the day, I can pour my work into myself!"Joe knows what he's talking about. As the sixth generation owner of the family farm, he feels his stewardship is a proud tradition to be passed on to new generations of grape growers and winemakers."My … [Read more...]

Gill’s Pier Winery to Close

It's sad news when any true local winery closes, but when one of the better wineries in the Midwest shuts down, it's a real bummer.According to the Traverse City Record Eagle,  Gill's Pier is being taken of the market and converted to a yak and alpaca farm.Gill's Pier had a well run tasting room and excellent wine.  Just last year, the winery won Best of Class at the Michigan Wine … [Read more...]

Creative Ways to Use Your Logo

In a recent Northern Grapes Project survey, wine and winery branding was listed as the 1# concern by winery owners.  Communicating to customers what makes a winery distinctive is becoming increasingly difficult as the number of wineries in the U.S. surpasses 8,300.According to Jen Peterson Donaghy, owner of  The Wyne Girl (, an Ohio based company that creates … [Read more...]

New Michigan Wine Video

Midwest Wine Press columnist Michael Shafer stars in a new video about Michigan wine and the Michigan Wine Showcase,  April 20 at The Rattlesnake in Detroit.See: Discover Michigan Wines According Schafer, who is also known as the Wine Counselor, Michigan wines are world-class.  He invites Midwest Wine Press readers to join the owners and winemakers of more than 25 wineries at this aromatic … [Read more...]