Wine Riot Chicago 2013 brought together 150 wineries from around the world with over 250 bottles being poured throughout the two-day/three session event. Two Midwestern wineries were present and pouring, Lynfred Winery from suburban Chicago and St. James Winery from St. James Missouri. While St. James poured mostly fruit wines, ranging from peach to blackberry, they also had an off-dry Riesling with grapes sourced from Washington that was a favorite amongst Rioters. Lynfred poured an impressive selection of six wines, with two whites, two reds, a rose, and a delicately spiced cherry wine.
Matt Phillips with Lynfred Winery in Roselle, Illinois at Wine Riot Chicago
Mark Ganchiff is the publisher of Midwest Wine Press, the leading source of news on the growing wine industry in the central United States. Mark has been a wine judge at the 2012 and 2014 INDY International Wine Competition, the 2014 Cold Climate Wine Competition, the 2013 Mid-American Wine Competition, the 2012 Illinois State Fair Wine Competition and the 2013 Michigan Wine Competition. He also enjoys speaking at wine events including the Cold Climate Wine Conference, the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association Annual Meeting, the Midwest Grape and Wine Conference and the Wisconsin Fruit and Vegetable Conference. Mark's articles about regional wine have appeared in Vineyard & Winery Management, WineMaker and several regional magazines.
Mark is a Level One Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers. He lives in Louisville, but also has a residence in Chicago.