September 18, 2017

Where’s the Local on the Wine List?

The local food movement has pushed farm fresh produce to the menus of top restaurants around the country, yet the movement stops short when it comes to local wines. Even restaurants hailed as leaders in local sourcing often have few, if any, local wines. A study of the menus of six of the top rated Twin Cities “locavore” restaurants reveals only one carries Minnesota wine – and they offer only a … [Read more...]

Trout Springs Winery: Less Carbon Equals More Cash

Here at Trout Springs Winery (TSW), we once burned coal, wood and fuel oil to heat our winery and home.  For years, these were the most economical sources of energy.Then, during the fall of 2014, after two years of researching wind and solar renewable resources, we decided to retrofit TSW's two main buildings to new geothermal systems.Converting to Geothermal EnergyOur plan involved … [Read more...]

Cold Climate Conf Photos and Report

The Minnesota Grape Growers Associaitons’s Cold Climate Conference wouldn’t be complete without the Winter Wine Fest.On February 5th 2016, 30 vineyards and wineries, along with a few cider makers, sampled their best local wines and hard ciders. The Winter Wine Fest was held at the Hyatt Regency hotel in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. Alongside the wines and hard ciders were also a slew of … [Read more...]

La Crescent Food Pairing Ideas

Food and Wine. Wine and Food. No wonder it can be challenging when we can’t even decide which one comes first. My wife and I have done literally dozens of wine pairing sessions in different formats around the world. Large and small, at wineries and restaurants (both brick and mortar and pop-ups.) Many were fantastic experiences, but as with any art, questions remain.The main thing I reminded … [Read more...]

A Word About Wine Writing

Confucius said the beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper name.  That's especially true when it comes to writing and speaking about wine.  Enology and viticulture is full of confusing terminology.  Using the wrong words can confuse your audience and damage credibility.To help with our etymological wine journey, we enlisted the help of Tim Martinson, senior extension … [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...]

Cue Tannin Binding Now

This article is sponsored by Scott Laboratories. For more information on product offerings, please contact Scott Labs at 800-821-7254 or visit Scott Laboratories.This is the second part of the story about tannins in hybrid grapes and wine. To read the first installment click here.Cue Tannin Binding Now For tannin extractability, the opposite side of the coin is tannin binding. Greater … [Read more...]

Research On Hybrid Tannins Continues

This article is sponsored by Scott Laboratories. For more information on product offerings, please contact Scott Labs at 800-821-7254 or visit Scott Laboratories.This is the first installment in a two part series about tannins in hybrid grapes and wine. Bring on the tannins (or lack thereof)! Are you ready for a rip roaring whirlwind of a story? I felt compelled to write a follow up to the … [Read more...]

The First “Bottle Shock” Was in the Midwest

Many of us are familiar with the prestigious wine judging that took place in Paris in 1976 in honor of the American Bi-Centennial. The event was commemorated, or should we say celebrated by the Americans at least, in the movie “Bottle Shock.”Designed to be a competition between several well-regarded American wines vs. a selection of some of France’s most famed wines it took on … [Read more...]

What Happened to SouthWestern Ohio Wine?

The Ohio Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA) follows the river along the bottom of Ohio and extends into Kentucky and Indiana. It’s the second largest AVA, but wineries are positioned sparsely throughout the viticultural area. In the decades before prohibition, this region was one of America’s largest producers of wine, but what are they doing now? I did a little research and placed a few … [Read more...]