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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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2 Responses

  1. Jill Hermes says:

    Hi Mark,

    I’ve been traveling throught the midwest for the last 4 years, tasting regional wines. I’ve been reading Midwest Wine Press for more than 3 years now. I started my wine tasting while living in CA in the 80’s. I went all over Sonoma and Napa for the 8 years I lived there. Coming home to the Chicago area I developed an interest in the wines of our region. As I started visiting more and more wineries in the Midwest, I realized my dream would be to open a small wine bar featuring the best of Midwest wines. I want to know even more about the wine business in the Midwest. I want more knowledge before I make the leap to open my wine bar. Can you guide me to some other sources for knowledge?
    Thank you for your time!

    p.s. Do you need an apprentice? 🙂

    • Mark Ganchiff says:


      Thanks for your note, let’s talk offline. There are now regional wine bars in the Midwest. The best example is the Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room near Detroit.

      Mark G.