September 21, 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...]

John Marshall’s Favorite White Hybrid Grapes

I was invited to a wedding some years ago now, outside Phoenix, Arizona. Since I arrived in Arizona a day early, I was interested to see what the famous varieties of Europe might do in the high arid climes above Phoenix. The climate is so unlike California or Bordeaux I was hoping to find some surprises but was disappointed that most of the wines were imported directly from California. I found an … [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...]

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...]

VitiNord 2015 Location Announced

The International Association of Northern Viticulture is proud to announce that the 2015 VitiNord International Conference will be held at the Lied Lodge & Conference Center in historic Nebraska City, Nebraska, November 11-14, 2015.VitiNord is an International Viticulture & Enology conference that happens every three years.  This conference focuses on research and practices being used … [Read more...]

Northern Grapes Project Funding Extended

The Northern Grapes Project received an additional $2.6 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crops Research Initiative to complete the final two years of the multistate effort, which began in 2011.The project focuses on growing extremely cold-hardy wine grape varieties that are new to both growers and consumers, creating a rapidly-expanding industry of small … [Read more...]

Record Harvest in Nebraska!

Here's a link to a story that we've been dying to run:  Feather River Winery in Nebraska had their largest harvest since the winery opened in 2007.According to, Feather River had a 66 to harvest this year surpassing the previous record of  59 tons.See:  Nebraska Winery Reports Largest Harvest   … [Read more...]

Jennifer Montgomery New IGGVA Head

Jennifer Montgomery is the new executive director of the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association (IGGVA).  Most recently,  Jennifer was the executive director of the Nebraska Winery and Grape Growers Association. Current IGGVA executive director Bill McCartney will stay active in the organization according to a published report by the IGGVA.  Montgomery was the first executive directory … [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...]

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...]