September 21, 2017

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...]

B2B: Stone Hill Triumphs at Norton Blind Tasting

For nearly three years, a small collection of Norton wines has been aging in the basement downstairs. The diminutive gathering of five bottles, all from Missouri wineries and most from the 2009 vintage, is the first wine I’ve ever stored for more than a few weeks. The fact that they’ve survived for this long is testimony to an ongoing curiosity about this grape, which many others share.See … [Read more...]

Chocolate Comes to Hermann Wine Trail

The Hermann Wine Trail in Missouri hosted their first event of 2013 this past weekend. "Chocolate Wine Trail" sold out, as it does every year, with 1,200 wine and chocolate lovers participating.   The event cost was $30 per person and each winery differentiated itself with a different wine and chocolate pairing.Stone Hill Winery offered its customers two types of wine tastings. The first … [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...]

Norton: The Dark Knight Part II

This is the second article of a two-part profile on the Norton grape. This article discusses Norton winemaking techniques, research into its genetic origins and the history of the variety. The first Norton article in Midwest Wine Press focused on characteristics of today's Norton and included a report on the 2012 harvest. “…this dark orphan created a stir wherever it took root." Paul Roberts, … [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...]