September 19, 2017

Grapes of the Hudson Valley Has Midwest Appeal

Grapes of the Hudson Valley by Stephen Casscles is a new reference guide that Midwestern grape growers and wine enthusiasts will find compelling.  The Hudson Valley runs north and south down the eastern edge of New York.  This scenic region has a climate similar to much of the Midwest. (USDA grow zone 5 with winter temps as low as -15F.)Within 250 pages, this reference book covers more than … [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...]

Nick Smith Starts at University of Wisconsin

From the Big Ten Network comes a new story about new University of Wisconsin enologist Nick Smith. Nick's winemaking articles in Midwest Wine Press have attracted thousands of readers. The article gives the impression that Nick is the first person to work in a wine related capacity for the University, which is not true.  Nick's hiring does seem to signal a shift from a grape growing to a … [Read more...]

UW Madison Hosts Sparkling Wine Workshops

UW-Madison announces a three session workshop series covering the traditional method of sparkling wine production. The goal is to encourage sparkling wine production from cold climate varietals.Interested in adding sparkling wine to your portfolio? Now is your chance. Dividing the workshop in into three sessions will provide timely instruction that can be used during the production … [Read more...]

UW Stevens Point Growing Hybrid Grapes for Resveratrol

Two acres of cold hardy grapes have been planted south of Stevens Point,  but the grapes will not be used for wine production.  Rather the goal is to extract the resveratrol from the grapes for use in health supplements.See: WIST, Okray's Plover Farms Partner on "Pharming" Grapes  … [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...]

Nick Smith Lands UW Wine Job

Nick Smith has been hired as a University of Wisconsin Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Outreach Specialist according the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.Nick is a Midwest Wine Press columnist who worked most recently for Four Daughters Winery in Minnesota.  Before that, Nick worked as a wine scientist at the University of Minnesota.The highest readership winemaking articles in … [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...]

Dean Volenberg Now at MU

Dean Volenberg, former extension agent with the University of Wisconsin in Door County, is now at the University of Missouri as a viticulture and winery operations specialist. According to a report from KFVS 12 in Columbia, Volenberg will continue his excellent Integrated Pest Management newsletter at MU.  Also, in Wisconsin viticulture news, sources tell MWP that UW Vernon County Agriculture … [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...]