May 21, 2017

Realizing the Aroma Potential Of Cold Hardy Grapes

Giddy upIt’s an exciting time in the hybrid grape and wine world because for the first time significant research has been carried out on hybrid grapes and wine in search of defining chemical aroma profiles unique to individual varieties! The aromatics of a wine are the subtle nuances (beyond the basic sugars, organic acids, etc.) that are worth pursuing because they can add complexity or … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

What Happened to the Original Midwest Wineries?

During October of 1974,  the Saturday Evening Post published a "Guide to American Wineries."  This article was probably the first discussion of bonded Midwestern Wineries to appear in a national publication.At the time of the Saturday Evening Post's article, there were 32 wineries in the Midwest.  Ohio's 12 wineries were by far the most numerous of any Midwestern state during 1974. (Today, … [Read more...]

Lemberger- A Cold Hardy Vinifera

Hidden among the twenty one varieties and forty acres of vines at Domaine Berrien Cellars and Winery in southwest Michigan is a two acre patch of hardy Austrian grapes known as Lemberger. Owner and winemaker Wally Maurer first encountered this grape in Germany while touring Europe with his father-in-law in the early 1990’s. He says it was his love of wine and the similarity of growing conditions … [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...]

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...]

Stomp Out Bad Midwest Wine Reporting

Midwest Wine Press is not going to win any Pulitzer Prizes.  We know that there are typos and mistakes in our copy from time to time.  Having a copyeditor would be a great luxury. (Any volunteers?)Despite our shortcomings, I can honestly say all of our writers try hard to produce a quality product, often for little or no compensation.  That's why the lead from the attached news report from … [Read more...]