September 19, 2017

Nan Bailly Guides Alexis Bailly Vineyard

It's possible that winemaker Nan Bailly's kin enjoyed native Minnesota wine during canoe trips through the state in the 1820's when it was still wilderness.  Bailly, owner, winegrower and winemaker at Alexis Bailly Vineyard,  has a picture of her Minnesota voyageur ancestor, also named Alexis Bailly,  in the tasting room of the winery.The original intrepid Bailly explorer would be proud of his … [Read more...]

Wollersheim Celebrates 40th Anniversary

It’s 1972. An electrical engineer moves his family to an abandoned Wisconsin farm, planning to produce estate wines in the property’s Civil War-era winery, despite being told repeatedly that grapes won’t grow there.While this storyline sounds more like a TV pilot than the founding of a large regional winery, this is how Bob and JoAnn Wollersheim started their business near Prairie du Sac, … [Read more...]

Winning Over the Weather

Yes, I am guilty of it, as are many Minnesotans. Spring in this state is elusive, not guaranteed. As I drive during May 2011 from Minneapolis into the St. Croix River Valley, which forms our eastern border with Wisconsin, I am not thrilled by our swirling gray clouds, wind and rain and often sparse greenery that normally would be standing proudly forth in field and vineyard.Half of the state’s … [Read more...]