October 16, 2017

Markko Gouda Cheese Shows Great Pumace

Wanting to give his blue cheeses a more complex, nuanced flavor than most other blue cheeses, the owner of Oregon’s Rogue Creamery turned to a nearby vineyard, Carpenter Hill Winery, and asked for leaves from the Syrah vines to wrap around wheels of his blue cheese.  As soon as the cheese was aged and ready, it began to show up at competitions, winning prizes and awards of all types, thanks to its … [Read more...]

Great Lakes Grape Growers Grapple with Freezing Nights

Editors note: This story was updated Wednesday morning and was originally posted Tuesday morning, March 27th 2012Arnie Esterer of Markko Vineyard in Conneaut, Ohio,  near Lake Erie,  reported temperatures of 23 degrees in the area Monday night.   Esterer, who has been tending his vineyards for 45 years,  reported that his grape buds are still mainly tight so he does not expect much damage.  … [Read more...]

Arnie Esterer: Father of Ohio’s Vinifera Adventure

“We tasted a lot of wines and I wanted [to grow] something I could drink with my dinner,” Arnie Esterer, owner of Markko Vineyard in Conneaut, Ohio replied when asked why he started Markko in 1968. Esterer is a modest man considered by many to be the father of vinifera-vine growing in Ohio. In the past the state was known primarily for growing hybrids such as Catawba.An economist by training, … [Read more...]