May 26, 2017

USS Illinois Christened With Illinois Sparkling

What better way is there to christen the Navy’s newest submarine, the USS Illinois, than with bubbly produced in the state from where it derived its name?On October 10, 2015, the USS Illinois was christened with a bottle of bubbly produced by Illinois Sparkling Co. The name of the sparkling wine, Blend 786, was inspired by the USS Illinois’ ship number – SSN 786.“We were very excited when … [Read more...]

2014 Illinois Winter Wine Festival and Annual Conference Review

For wine lovers, The Illinois Winter Wine Festival and Annual Conference in Springfield, Illinois was the wine conference to attend.  Wine was in abundance not only during the three days of educational sessions but also at the Winter Wine Festival on Saturday night.According to Brad Beam, the enologist from the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association (IGGVA), the advantage of a "mid … [Read more...]

August Hill’s Mark Wenzel Named “Entrepreneur of the Year”

According to the Ottawa Times, Mark Wenzel, owner of August Hill Winery and the Illinois Sparkling Company, has been named  "Entrepreneur of the Year" by the Illinois Small Business Development Center.   As reported in Midwest Wine Press, Wenzel was among the first in the country to use hybrid wine grapes to make premium sparkling wines.  Illinois Sparking is a leading example of the "new American … [Read more...]

Champaign Illinois Takes On Champagne France

The German poet, Goethe said, “Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.”  The quote has been prophetic for Illinois Sparkling Company. Illinois Sparkling has embarked on a bold move to create methode champenoise sparkling wines made from Illinois grapes.Even bolder, Illinois Sparkling, based in Peru, Illinois, openly proclaims on the label that it's from Illinois.   But perhaps the boldest … [Read more...]

Midwest Wineries Start Using QR Codes

With over 50% of Americans now having smartphones, Midwest wineries are finding QR codes help them engage with their customers both in retail stores and at their wineries.The Midwest wine industry is seeing more and more QR codes popping up on everything from wine labels to tasting room menus. Quick Response Codes can hold nearly as much information as traditional UPC codes and are known for … [Read more...]

Illinois Sparkling is a Favorite at Wine Riot Chicago

Illinois Sparking Company's Stereo sparkling wine finished sixth out of more than 250 wines from 82 countries in a customer survey taken at the recent Wine Riot at Union Station in Chicago.   Wine Riot attendees used a mobile phone application developed by the event sponsor, Second Glass, to vote for the wines they enjoyed the most.Illinois Sparkling's Stereo is a Sec style sparking wine made … [Read more...]

August Hill Winery Introduces Illinois Sparkling Co.

Continuing the hot trend of Midwest sparkling wine production, August Hill Winery in Utica, Illinois is introducing a brand of  traditional method sparkling wines called Illinois Sparkling Co.    Jill Joyce, Director of Brand and Product Development for both August Hill and Illinois Sparkling Co., said that consumer demand was behind the decision to start a new label.  "We've been producing … [Read more...]