Santa Rosa Writer Likes Cold Hardy Wines
Sonoma County wine writer Dan Berger recently recounted his favorable experiences with cold hardy wines in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. Berger tasted some Midwestern wines at the recent Grand Harvest Awards and noted the “growing greatness” of emerging wine regions including Michigan, Wisconsin and Indiana.
Berger referred collectively to Midwestern cold hardy wines as “Minnesota wine varieties.” This is a term I’ve seen applied recently to hybrid grapes that were not necessarily developed at the University of Minnesota. Perhaps “Minnesota varieties” will evolve into the elusive catch phrase for cold hardy grapes? Minneapolis has a great reputation as Midwestern tech hub and Minnesota is building a new, cool image as “the North.”