Top Five Stories of 2015
Midwest Wine Press continues to be the leading source of original reporting about the Midwest Wine Industry. Since inception during 2011, more than 225,000 “users” have visited Midwest Wine Press, according to Google Analytics. During the same period, our team of writers has produced over 600 original articles about grape growing and winemaking in the middle of North America. And we’ve accomplished all this with no taxpayer or government funds.
Here are the five most read stories in Midwest Wine Press during 2015:
Young Couple Triumphs at Starview Vineyards– We’ve produced a number of stories about young entrepreneurs who are invigorating local wine in the Midwest. Regina and Brett Morrison of Starview Vineyards are an inspiring couple who moved from Pennsylvania to Southern Illinois to make their winery dream a reality.
John Marshall’s Favorite White Wine Grapes– Midwest Wine Press is a big believer in putting the name of the grape on the wine label. The challenge is that many wine drinkers don’t recognize cold hardy wine grape names. John Marshall’s stories have introduced thousands of readers to the grape varieties that we can grown consistently (or should we say, “relatively consistently”) in the Midwest.
Quirky Missouri Wines– A fundamental premise of Midwest Wine Press is: Wine should be fun. California makes great wine, but try to find a good peanut butter and jelly or jalapeno wine in Napa Valley. We appreciate the contributions of Missouri writer Mollie Barnes who has now graduated from The University of Missouri and started her own publication.
Couple Pour Their Souls Into Liquid Art Winery – Another popular article about a young couple starting a another quality winery, this time in the beautiful Flint Hills of Kansas. This is the first contribution from Leigh Ann Fulkerson, a VESTA student in Kansas.
Swedish Roots in Southern Illinois– Hedman Vineyards and Winery on the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail in Southern Illinois is one of Midwest Wine Press’ favorite destinations. Valerie Swiderski does a great job explaining how a Swedish couple built a classic winery in the Illinois Ozarks.