April 24, 2017

Clark Smith Upbeat About Midwest Wine Industry

Clark Smith, winemaker, wine innovator and author, is one of the star speakers at Missouri’s upcoming Midwest Grape & Wine Conference in St. Charles. As editor of Appellation America he also keeps a close eye on emerging grape varieties and has a particular interest in the hybrid grapes grown in the Midwest. The California based Smith comes to this year’s conference excited about the future … [Read more...]

Alternative Grapes Center Stage at 2015 Midwest Wine Conference

Wines made from more than twenty little known grape varieties will be unveiled and tasted at the upcoming Midwest Grape and Wine Conference in St. Charles, Missouri. Among those due to tickle the palates of conference participants, about five originally bred by the legendary 19th century viticulturalist, Thomas Volnay Munson.“The Munson varieties are one example among many of emerging, hidden … [Read more...]

Conquering Acidity in American Wines

In this edition of  Midwest Wine Press, wine production consultant Clark Smith presents a comprehensive overview of acid adjustment geared to Midwest winemakers. He first reviews the basic chemistry of wine acidity with humor and plain English. Then, groundwork is laid for making smart choices to lower acidity without letting pH get out of control. Next, the advantages and trade-offs of the … [Read more...]