May 29, 2017

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...]

Craft Beer Craze Opens Doors for Midwest Cider, Sparkling and Wine

The growing U.S. appetite for regional craft beers is having a positive, knock-on effect for the makers of local cider, sparkling and still wine.  According to the Brewers Association, the craft beer industry grew by more than ten percent last year, continuing nearly a decade of strong expansion.  U.S. cider sales are also up, increasing  23% from 2010, the fourth straight year of double-digit … [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...]