May 29, 2017

Round Lake Vineyards and The Giant Canada Goose

 One of Minnesota's largest grape growers, Round Lake Vineyards, is about to open an ambitious new winery operation producing a full roster of estate grown wines.  Round Lake's "Grand Opening" weekend starts on June 5th and runs from Friday to Sunday.While the winery is new, the berries that begot the winery have been in the ground for as long as six years.  Round Lake co-owners, husband … [Read more...]

Cosmic Wines from Southwest Michigan

Joe Herman, proprietor of Karma Vista Winery believes he has the best job on the planet. As he puts it, "If I pour myself into my work, at the end of the day, I can pour my work into myself!"Joe knows what he's talking about. As the sixth generation owner of the family farm, he feels his stewardship is a proud tradition to be passed on to new generations of grape growers and winemakers."My … [Read more...]

Quinney Estate Scores at San Diego Int’l

Ed and Sharon Rink of  Quinney Estate Winery won a silver medal ( 89 points ) at the 2015 San Diego International Wine Competition for their 2012 Winery Marquette Reserve.  Aged in Wisconsin oak barrels, this wine is a super bargain at $12/bottle.Quinney Estate Winery is located in the Wisconsin Ledge American Viticultural Area (AVA) which is recognized by the federal government as a unique … [Read more...]

Cold Climate Wine Competition 2014 Report and Photos

After much swishing and spitting, winners have been confirmed at the 2014 International Cold Climate Wine Competition, held at the University of Minnesota's Continuing Education Conference Center in St. Paul, MN.The Cold Climate Competition is unique because it focuses on 31 cold hardy wine grapes including cultivars developed by the University of Minnesota, the late Elmer Swenson and other … [Read more...]

Using Enological Tannin Additions to Enhance Red Wine Structure and Mouthfeel

By Stephanie Groves, Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute, Iowa State UniversityThis article originally appeared in the February 2014 issue of  Northern Grapes News, a publication of the Northern Grapes Project.Tannins are important to the quality of red wines, particularly to the color stability and the structure (body and mouthfeel) of the wine. They are also involved in complex … [Read more...]

John Marshall: My Favorite Red Wine Grapes

This article is a companion to an earlier piece describing cold hardy white grapes that seem to have found their niche in a crisp, flowery and fruity style.Cold hardy reds, on the other hand, do not seem to have found their place or their style and as yet.  They do not seem to get the respect their white counterparts are beginning to enjoy.Even so, these reds make palatable and interesting … [Read more...]

University of Minnesota Grape Cultivars Increase at the Mid-American Wine Competition

Frontenac Gris is one of the more unique grape cultivars released from the University of Minnesota. It made its debut in 2003 and was first introduced as a separate wine category at the Mid-American Wine Competition in 2011. This new category was added due to an increased interest in Frontenac Gris.The number of Frontenac Gris entries has increased every year. Submissions of the cold climate … [Read more...]

Galena Cellars Unveils Marquette

Galena Cellars will release its first Marquette wine at a public release party—including appetizers and live music—planned for Friday, May 24 from 6-8 pm at Galena Cellars Vineyard, 4746 North Ford Road in Galena, Illinois.“There’s a lot of excitement throughout the North about the Marquette because it’s showing tannin,” explained assistant winemaker Allan Hyland. “It gives it that real mouth … [Read more...]

Marquette Wine Has Pinot In Its Blood

For the most part, the wines that you drink today are made from the same grapes as the wines your grandparents and great-grandparents drank. The great wine grapes of the world have been around for several hundred years, and some of them for much longer than that.For example, the Georgian grape Rkatsiteli is thought by some authorities to date back to 3000 BC, while the Greek grape Limnio was … [Read more...]

Wisconsin Grape and Wine Industry Survey Released

The 2011 Grape and Wine Industry Survey was released recently by the United States Department of Agriculture Statistics Service. The Wisconsin Grape Growers and the Wisconsin Winery Associations also helped with the survey which was mailed during June of 2012. (Midwest Wine Press does not know why the survey is called the "2011 Survey." The information was compiled in 2012 and released in … [Read more...]