September 19, 2017

Great Lakes Riesling Steps Onto The World Stage

Riesling originated in the Germany's Rhine and Mosel valleys in the 1400's. The grape is currently grown across the globe; South Africa has Cape Riesling,  British Columbia has Okanagan Riesling and Bulgaria has Misket, a Riesling hybrid.  Now there's a new Riesling producer on the world stage:  The Great Lakes region of the United States.From the Leelanau Peninsula of Michigan to Ohio's Grand … [Read more...]

Best of Missouri Market Photos

The Best of Missouri Market was held October 5-7 at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, Missouri.  The event draws 25,000 people annually to one of the best botanical gardens in the U.S.The event featured over 120 Missouri crafters and food producers, including five  Missouri wineries who offered samples and bottles of wine for sale.The wineries included Chaumette Vineyards & … [Read more...]

Midwest Wineries Start Using QR Codes

With over 50% of Americans now having smartphones, Midwest wineries are finding QR codes help them engage with their customers both in retail stores and at their wineries.The Midwest wine industry is seeing more and more QR codes popping up on everything from wine labels to tasting room menus. Quick Response Codes can hold nearly as much information as traditional UPC codes and are known for … [Read more...]

River City Vignoles Wins 2012 Indy Int’l Wine Competition

The first non vinifera wine won Wine of the Year at  the 2012 Indy International Wine Competition.  River City Winery of New Albany,  Indiana took the top prize for its 2011 Vignoles at the largest independent and scientifically organized wine competition in America.  "This award is huge for the Midwest wine industry," said Gary Humphrey owner and winemaker at River City Winery.   "The award also … [Read more...]

St. Julian First Midwest Winery on Winestyr

St. Julian Winery in Paw Paw Michigan is the first winery in the Midwest to be featured on   Winestyr is a Chicago based internet platform that partners with smaller wineries across the country to promote lesser known wines.    On the Winestyr website, consumers can purchase a discounted "gift certificate" good for purchases at the featured winery.   For St. Julian, the current … [Read more...]

Pairing Barcodes and Wine

 QR codes (Quick Response Codes), like their older cousin the bar code, are becoming an increasingly common part of modern life. One creative use of the ubiquitous boxes full or squiggly lines is by restaurants that use them in restrooms to remind patrons to flush or wash their hands. The estate of Abbott and Costello is now selling t-shirts with QR codes that have scanning … [Read more...]