Late Season Polar Vortex Pounds Ohio & Michigan

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. Irv Geary says:

    When I was in Traverse City a couple years ago I asked why no one grew any hybrids. I was told numerous times it doesn’t get cold enough to worry about it. I understand why they grow vinifera, but I asked then as I am now if it doesn’t make sense for them to differentiate to help aliviate the problem. Some colder hardy varieties in their mix would give them more stability looking forward. Just food for thought.

    • Mark Ganchiff says:


      Some Traverse City area wineries do have hybrids, but they don’t promote them. It will be interesting to see if more hybrids are planted as “insurance.” With its established wine industry, Northern Michigan could do a lot to promote consumer acceptance of hybrids.