Midwest Wine Press attended the first two days of the three-day Midwest Grape & Wine Conference in St Charles, Missouri. Thanks to Vineyard & Winery Management for a media pass!
The conference ended on Saturday, February 9th. We attended lectures, spent time meeting people at the Trade Show and enjoyed the Wine & Dine Gala on Friday evening.
We’ll be rolling out stories soon focusing on some of the viticulture and marketing issues covered by the conference. Midwest Wine Press listened to sessions covering wine related legislation, irrigation management, the yield versus quality debate and how wineries can best use social media.
Here are some photos covering the people and action:
Matthew Boenker, currently establishing Boenker Hill Vineyard & Winery in Missouri with wife JoLynn, gets tips at Thursday morning’s lectures
Eli Bergmeier, vineyard manager at Crown Vineyards, Missouri, gives a lecture on irrigation
Thursday morning workshop: The Missouri Wine Technical Group hosts a Chambourcin blind tasting
Thursday Trade Show: Lori of Arton Products, based in Virginia, and her display of wine glasses
Thursday Trade Show: Barrel cleaning device
Thursday Trade Show: The Meloney husband and wife team of Microworks Wine Software based in Napa
Thursday evening’s Tour de Vin Welcome Reception
Thursday evening’s Tour de Vin: Bruce Morgenstern, Manager of Pheasant Hollow Winery in Illinois holds up a bottle of his “Black & Blue” wine made from blackberries and blueberries
Friday morning: Dr Sara Spayd of North Carolina State University takes questions after her lecture on factors that can influence grape yield
Friday morning: Karen Schlottach of White Mule Winery and Bed & Breakfast in Missouri, about to enjoy a lecture on social media
Friday Trade Show: Richard Rubin, who together with his son Joshua, runs the fourth generation barrel making company, Mi Wine Barrel, based in Missouri
Friday Trade Show: Pam Miller and Kim Bamrick from the Iowa based co-operative, Allied Purchasing
Friday evening Wine & Dine Reception: Marco Bertaccini of AEB Group, San Francisco and Scott Schroeder of Lachat Instruments, Wisconsin, and his wife
Ready to taste and eat at Friday evening’s Wine & Dine Gala