March 29, 2017

Soil Health in the Vineyard

Quality and yield start below the surfaceThe groundhog predicted an early spring. Then came this year’s winter vortex. Regardless of what happens next, the waning days of winter are a time of excitement and planning for a new season in the vineyard. Plus, it’s a good time to consider how to improve the soil biosphere the vines inhabit.Soil health has been the buzz across agriculture for … [Read more...]

Cincinnati Winery One of Top U.S. Urban Wineries

Wine Enthusiast named Cincinnati's Henke Winery one of top urban wineries in the United States.  The magazine bestowed this honor on nine U.S. wineries and Henke is the only top urban winery located in the Midwest.During 2012, Henke Winery owner Joe Henke graciously provided Midwest Wine Press with a private tour of his winery and restaurant.  As detailed in the MWP article below, Henke is a … [Read more...]

How Do Midwest Consumers Define Local Wine?

Cheryl Nakata, a professor of marketing at The University of Illinois at Chicago Business School recently released an insightful study about about Midwest wine. From August 2014 through March 2015, Cheryl and Erin Peregrine Antalis, also of the University of Illinois at Chicago, interviewed owners and managers of fourteen wineries in Michigan and Indiana. The purpose of the study was to understand … [Read more...]

Tom Plocher’s New Grapes Are Spreading

University grape breeding programs - like Cornell and Minnesota- grab a lot of attention. But private grape breeders continue to develop many of the grapes that are used to make cold hardy wines.One of the most prolific and successful creators of cold hardy wine grapes is Tom Plocher. He has been artfully using selective breeding in his vineyard since 1996.  Among his mentors is the … [Read more...]

New Wine Fest in Door County for ’16

The inaugural Door County Wine Fest will be on Saturday, June 25, 2016 offering unlimited tasting of more than 80 different wines. This new wine fest is an event celebrating quality “Made in Door County” wine products. Guest will be able to taste more than 80 different wines from local wineries. Looks like a great celebration of the wine-making expertise of the members of the Door County Wine … [Read more...]

Neighbors Pressure KC WInery to Close

At Midwest Wine Press, we get occasional emails from people who are thinking about starting wineries. Our 2012 story So You Want to Start a Winery summarizes a winery owner panel discussion at the Cold Climate Conference.  The message from the winery owners is clear:  Pay special attention to local governing bodies.According to reports from KSHB-TV, a seven year old Kansas City area winery … [Read more...]

New Grapes Revolutionize Midwest Wine

“Why didn’t someone take the Cabernet Sauvignon grape and cross it with Norton to create a grapevine that could withstand Midwestern winters yet make a world class wine?”That was the question that puzzled Lucian Dressel from the time he reopened the historic Mount Pleasant Winery in Augusta, Missouri, in 1967 until he sold it in 1992.During those 25 years, Dressel experimented with dozens … [Read more...]

San Francisco Chronicle Rips Hybrid Wine Grapes

A story today in the San Francisco Chronicle has created a controversy for two words (or maybe it's just one word?) that has been since removed from the article: Frankengrapes.As the story details, wine grape researchers are very reluctant to admit that genetic engineering could improve wine grapes.  In the Chronicle story, it's implied that genetic engineering is currently being used to … [Read more...]

Ohio Seeks to Expand Farmer’s Market Wine Sales

The Elyria Chronicle Telegram reports that a bill to expand wine sales at Ohio farmer's is a step closer to passage.  In many Midwestern states the lobbying muscle of the liquor distribution industry has blocked proposals to sell local wine at local farmers markets.  Let's hope this common sense legislation passes in Ohio and spreads to other states.See: Bill Would Allow Local Wine Sales at … [Read more...]

Top Five Stories of 2015

Midwest Wine Press continues to be the leading source of original reporting about the Midwest Wine Industry.  Since inception during 2011, more than 225,000 "users" have visited Midwest Wine Press, according to Google Analytics.  During the same period, our team of writers has produced over 600 original articles about grape growing and winemaking in the middle of North America.  And we've … [Read more...]