September 21, 2017

Midwest Wine Documentary Screens at International Film Festival

Move over Sideways ! Eat your grapes out Bottle Shock ! Could this be the film that brings the Midwest wine industry to the world?Wine Diamonds: Uncorking America’s Heartland, a feature-length documentary film about the challenges and opportunities of developing and making wine in the Midwest has been chosen as an Official Selection at the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival.For … [Read more...]

Northern Hybrids- A New Class of Grapes

There is no shortage of hybrid grapes or classes of hybrid grapes these days.  French hybrids, German hybrids,  California hybrids, Cornell hybrids, Labrusca hybrids, Riparia hybrids;  the list goes on and on.  However, a new class of hybrids has emerged in the last twenty years or so, grapes we have come to call Northern hybrids.  These grapes are making wine grape growing practical in cold … [Read more...]

Minnesota Growing Season Taxing

The Minnesota growing season started and ended with unusually cold weather according to John Marshall, owner of Great River Vineyard and Nursery in Lake City,  Minnesota.   Most notably, on September 15th, an early hard frost hit much of the state.  Vista Acres Vineyard in Pillager Minnesota, near Brainerd,  reported a low of 23 degrees.According to Marshall,  the frost damage was spotty … [Read more...]