My Middle West

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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2 Responses

  1. Susan says:

    What is it about winter that brings out wonderful writing from the heart! Loved the article about my home, the middle west. As a born easterner, I felt like I was coming home when I first moved here for school in Ann Arbor years ago and all the places I moved to afterwards were just stops on the way back until I returned from all my migrations to finally nest in the great state of Michigan and raise my daughter here. Gray and dreary- not to me! The subtle colors speak to my heart and I have never seen such raw beauty as a leafless oak against an angry storm sky or listened to the sound of a frozen lake at night groaning or the smell of snow in the green light of dawn. The cessation of all appearances of life brings time for reflection and the ability however fleeting to actually live in the moment. I crave it everyday !

    • Mark Ganchiff says:

      Thanks Susan,

      Part of that story was inspired by a snowy, late April visit to your vineyard, there’s a raw beauty to the Upper Midwest.

      Mark G.