February 27, 2017

New Grapes Revolutionize Midwest Wine

“Why didn’t someone take the Cabernet Sauvignon grape and cross it with Norton to create a grapevine that could withstand Midwestern winters yet make a world class wine?”That was the question that puzzled Lucian Dressel from the time he reopened the historic Mount Pleasant Winery in Augusta, Missouri, in 1967 until he sold it in 1992.During those 25 years, Dressel experimented with dozens … [Read more...]

New Frontiers for Midwest’s Biggest Winery

Next to Oliver Winery’s Creekbend Vineyard is a small graveyard where the original 19th century homesteaders were laid to rest.  These pioneers came to Indiana when it was a virtual wilderness. Sometimes I wonder if those of us living today would be able to handle the rigors Midwestern pilgrims faced.It’s hard to imagine our generation building houses and clearing fields with crude tools and … [Read more...]

Dr. Norton Had a Baby and Named It Crimson Cabernet

Who says that French royalty cannot breed with ordinary native Americans? Crimson Cabernet’s parentage combines the Bordeaux King of Grapes, Cabernet Sauvignon, and the State Grape of Missouri, Norton. The result is a disease resistant, cold hardy hybrid grape with genes that trace back to 18th century Chateau Mouton.At the Kansas wine conference in Topeka in January, Midwestern winemaker … [Read more...]

TTB Approves Names of Midwest Varietals

Effective November 28, 2011,  the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and  Trade Bureau approved the names of  certain varietals as requested by various breeders, vineyards and wineries in the Midwest.   Under the TTB ruling,  these varietal names can now be used in designating wines so consumers can more readily ask for and read about them by name.  The ruling also allows the use of the new varietal names on … [Read more...]