October 20, 2017

Missouri’s 2017 Show Me Grape and Wine Conference

The Show Me State has a Show Me wine conference for the second year in a row. The University of Missouri's Grape and Wine Institute (GWI) is staging its Show Me Grape and Wine Conference and Symposium from March 8th to 10th at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Colombia.The notable absence of Vineyard & Winery Management's Midwest wine conference - an event that has taken place in various … [Read more...]

America’s Wine Heartland: Hermann, Missouri

Originally published in WineTouristMagazine.comFew places in America combine wine and history like Hermann, Missouri. Relatively few wine drinkers know that Missouri has a thriving wine industry of about 130 wineries and during the 19th century was one of the leading producers of wine in the country. Hermann, an unassuming but charming town of 2,500 residents on the Missouri River, has always … [Read more...]

Les Bourgeois Norton Goes to Hollywood

Norton wine has debuted on the silver screen. For a few minutes, a bottle of Les Bourgeois Vineyards Norton, takes center-stage in the 2014 mystery-thriller movie, Gone Girl, that stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike.From the iconic James Bond martini to Pinot Noir in the comedy Sideways, the Missouri dry red continues a tradition involving films and beverages. Some industry observers hope this … [Read more...]

Missouri Wine Girl Gets Social

Danene Beedle, Marketing Director for the Missouri Wine & Grape Board is a huge fan of social media and an advocate for what it can do to promote Midwest wineries and engage customers.From Twitter and Facebook - where Danene goes by the name of MoWineGirl - she practices whatshe preaches. Her regular tweets, beaming out to almost 2,500 followers, come from all corners of the state … [Read more...]

Midwest Wine Trails Lead to Missouri

Missouri has seen the number of wineries in the state grow from 50 to 118 since 2005.   Missouri also has more wine trails than any other state in the Midwest. Teah Hopper, a marketing specialist for the Missouri Wine and Grape Board, believes that Missouri's wine trails have definitely contributed to the  growth of the Missouri wine industry which now has an economic impact of over $1.6 billion, … [Read more...]

Robert Merletti Previews Midwest Wine Conference

The 2013 Midwest Grape & Wine Conference & Trade Show is taking place in St. Charles, Missouri, from February 7-9. The conference, hosted by Vineyard & Winery Management, is the third largest event of its kind in the United States and brings together winemakers, winery suppliers and viticulture experts from across the Midwest and the US.Midwest Wine Press spoke with V&W … [Read more...]

Baltimore Bend Vineyard’s Standout Vignoles

During the drive back from a weekend trip in Missouri, Midwest Wine Press dropped in on family owned, Baltimore Bend Vineyard and Winery in Waverly. Still an hour from home near Kansas City, a much needed cheese and sausage snack was taken and, of course, a quick wine tasting.The modern winery building is on Highway 24 set in the middle of farmland with the spacious tasting room and shop … [Read more...]

Missouri’s Newest Wine Trail Hosts First Event

The Mississippi River Hills Wine Trail, has its first event this weekend. The food and wine pairing celebration, “A Taste of the Holidays,” is taking place from 12 to 5 p.m. today and Sunday.The six wineries hosting the occasion form the state's newest wine trail, located in the south-east corner of the state. One of the wineries, Apple Creek Vineyard & Winery, in Friedheim, North Cape … [Read more...]

Doug Frost in KC Star on MO Wine Winners

In today's Kansas City Star, midwest wine expert Doug Frost admits that it's hard to keep track of all the wineries from Missouri that are winning national awards. Wineries in the western part of Missouri and the Kansas City area are now rivaling their older contemporaries in the eastern part of the state, Frost reports. … [Read more...]

Norton Grape Harvest & Crush at Jowler Creek

Norton is one of the last grapes to be harvested in the Midwest. Below are pictures from today's Norton grape harvest and crush at Jowler Creek Vineyard, near Platte City in Missouri. Winemaker Jason Gerke said it was a lighter yield than last year - but the fruit looked very good. Up close, the Norton grapes appeared very similar to blueberries and tasted very nice, but full of pips. The hard … [Read more...]