October 20, 2017

Missouri’s 2017 Show Me Grape and Wine Conference

The Show Me State has a Show Me wine conference for the second year in a row. The University of Missouri's Grape and Wine Institute (GWI) is staging its Show Me Grape and Wine Conference and Symposium from March 8th to 10th at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Colombia.The notable absence of Vineyard & Winery Management's Midwest wine conference - an event that has taken place in various … [Read more...]

Wine Competition Winners in the Midwest

Listed below are the top award winners for the major Midwestern Wine Competitions. The Cold Climate Wine Competition in Minnesota winners can be accessed by clicking the link below.  It's heartening to see so many quality cold climate wines among the winners.  We've included the types of grapes used to make the all the winners. Mid-American Wine Competition (Iowa) Sweepstakes Award … [Read more...]

Regional Wineries Win in San Francisco

The 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition included many Midwestern wineries at the top of the heap of 4,900 bottles of wine. (SFC is the biggest wine competition in the U.S.)Scanning the list of Sweepstakes Award Winners, the Midwestern wines are all much less expensive than the Sweepstakes winners from other regions. Regardless of price, I’d rather drink a bottle of any of the wines … [Read more...]

How Well Does Midwest Wine Age?

Most of the wine purchased in the Midwest is consumed immediately or soon after purchase.  In my experience, the best wines from our region are made to be enjoyed as soon as possible.For both reds and whites, Midwest wines are usually not made from grape varieties that benefit greatly from aging. However, I recently opened some older bottles of Midwest wines and was pleasantly … [Read more...]

Indy International Photos, Winners and “Wine Values”

Once again my wife, Kim, and I were privileged to participate in the Indy International Wine Competition at Purdue University last week.This competition really took a step up in organization when Purdue took over the operation more than 20 years ago and the entry count was quick to increase. This year there were over 2200 entries from 11 countries and 40 states which were evaluated by 45 … [Read more...]

Mid-American WIne Competition Winners

The Mid-American Wine Competition was held July 11th through 14th at the Des Moines Area Community College.  Contestants submitted wines from Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee and Wisconsin.This competition not only judges wines against other wines, it also … [Read more...]

Midwest Wineries Double Medal Count at Finger Lakes Competition

Midwest wineries have won a considerable number of top medals at this year’s 2014 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, the second largest wine competition in the country. Compared to last year, our region more than doubled its tally of Double Gold and Gold medals. See related stories: Finger Lakes International Wine Competition Midwest Winners and: Midwest Wineries at Finger Lakes 18 … [Read more...]

San Francisco 2014 Competition Midwest Winners

Ferrante Winery was a "Sweepstake Winner" in the 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition for its 2012 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine from the Grand River AVA in Ohio.  The Sweepstake Winner title was awarded to only seven wines out of over 5,000 entries.  (The SF Chronicle Wine Competition bills itself as the largest competition of American wines in the world.)Another Midwest winery winning a top … [Read more...]

Labrusca Wines Deserve More Respect

When discussing wine, it is close to fatal to suggest a wine is a Labrusca or even has some Labrusca characteristics. Winemakers, enthusiasts and sommeliers will drop the discussion like it was a cold that is still contagious. No wine professional wants to be consorting with or making wine from any Labrusca variety.To understand how Labrusca wines are viewed in the U.S. today, we must … [Read more...]

Frontenac Outgrows Wild Youth

The Frontenac wine grape started with a graduate student on a canoe trip.   While paddling through the suburbs of Minneapolis during 1976, a University of Minnesota graduate student named Patrick Pierquet found the wild parent of Frontenac growing along the Minnesota River.  (Pierquet is now the enology wine lab manager at Ohio State University in Wooster.) Back at the … [Read more...]