October 24, 2014

Coming Soon: A New Red Wine That’s a Pearl

petitepearl

A new hybrid red wine, Petite Pearl, is now in production at several Midwest wineries and should be available soon. 2012 will be the first commercial vintage of Petite Pearl. Previously, only test samples have been made. Bred by Tom Plocher in 1996, Petite Pearl is a cross between MN 1094 and E.S. 4-7-26. ("MN" and "E.S" are abbreviations for The University of Minnesota and Elmer Swenson.) … [Read more...]

Wisconsin Expert Addresses State of the Grapes

Dr. Dean Volenberg and George Scovronski of the Wisconsin Vintners Association

As a result of the number of wineries in Wisconsin almost doubling in just the past several years, there has been an increased demand for wine grapes.  Currently, all of the approximately 1,000 acres of cold hardy grapes being grown in Wisconsin are sold to winemakers. At a recent meeting of the Wisconsin Vintner's Association in Milwaukee, Dr. Dean Volenberg of the University of … [Read more...]

Parallel 44 Winery Masters the Frozen Tundra

stevemarialand

February in northeast Wisconsin is bone-chilling cold, but that doesn’t stop Steve Johnson and Maria Milano, owners of Parallel 44 Winery and Vineyard near Kewaunee, Wis., from throwing an outdoor winter wine festival. Last year, about 2,000 hardy souls bundled up to drink wine on the patio and appreciate the past bounty of the snow-covered vineyard. As the winery’s name implies, the property … [Read more...]