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Midwest Veraison by Dileep Gangolli

April 21, 2016

It was great to see coverage in the New York Times on how cold hardy grape varietals are anchoring the wine industry in parts of New York.  The Hudson Valley, the Finger Lakes region, and the North Fork of Long Island all have wineries that are thriving by using cold h...

April 18, 2016

Spring came to Chicago this weekend.  When the weather breaks in the Windy City, we are grateful and everyone takes their activities outside.  


Downtown Chicago and Navy Pier get really crowded so I am grateful that my life partner and Evanston Cell...

April 11, 2016

Last week the University of Minnesota released a new cold hardy white grape which they have named Itasca.


Growing grapes in colder climates like the Northern and Midwestern states has always been a challenge but due to the diligent efforts of two leading universities -...

April 8, 2016

When you take a road trip to Birmingham to visit family, the last thing you may think about is wine. But all along I-65 are signs for wineries.  Too many to stop at or you'll  never get to your destination.


We are on the road to visit my daughter who is a bal...

April 4, 2016

Just yesterday, here in Chicago the weather was a balmy 60 degrees.  Who ever thought that it would be snowing 24 hours later?


The biggest danger with these extreme swings of weather (warm to cold and back again) for the Midwest wine industry is something we call early...

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