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Mark Ganchiff

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.

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  1. Karl says:

    Hi Mark, I love your idea of the wine tasting in Chicago. For many years my friends and I would attend the tasting at the Cultural Center. We really miss that event. Now days after retiring I moved to central Illinois and planted 8 vines. Last year 1 1/2 gal. of wine. This year 30 more vines and 3 gallons. Living in town my soil is original prairie. The vines are great and the wine is good and will be great as I gain experience. The information in Midwest Wine Press is spot on. Your publication is very important to me. As such I have reserved two places for January.
    Perhaps making the tasting an annual event will bring out producers who can showcase their wines. I have traveled the 5 surrounding states tasting and buying some very good wines. It seems to me there are enough Midwestern wineries to support such an event. I hope you can organize something with your newsletter.

    Sincerely, Karl Podbielski

    • Mark Ganchiff says:


      Thanks for your support and for your kind words. I like your idea for a Midwestern wine tasting event for the general public. Michigan will be doing such an event in Chicago next year and I participated in a Michigan wine tasting at Webster Wine Bar in Chicago recently.

      Look forward to meeting you in January!

      Mark G.