What A Local Winery Really Is

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. Johnetta says:

    I’m interested in finding out if any midwest wineries are interested in infusing their wines with specialty berry juices like aronia juice. Aronia’s a superfruit, and I’m looking to plant 7 or 8 acres in Illinois. These are tart berries that are a high source of antioxidants and promotes healthy cholesterol, blood pressure, helps fights against diabetes, et cetera. The ORAC (ability to fight free radicals) values raw for aronia are 16,000. Blueberries are about 7,000. The Chicago market might be especially good for this. I tried the straight aronia wine recently, and it was very tasty.