Midwest Veraison by Dileep Gangolli

October 7, 2019

This week has been a wonderful mix of different tastings. I went to three national tastings sponsored by the wine agencies of Australia, Portugal and Spain. Here are some brief takeaways from my experiences at all three tastings.

The first two were held in Chicago and...

November 12, 2017

In my email box this week I opened an email from a wine retailer who expressed apprehension about a Big Box retailer entering her geographic market. She owns a small wine retail business and from what I can tell, is quite successful in operating in a very competitive b...

April 5, 2017

I just bought a newly published book by the author Bianca Bosker titled "Cork Dork".  It's a book about the wine industry and the expert sommeliers who are considered the Priests of the High Temple with regards to wine. I look forward to reading the book in the coming...

March 28, 2017

There is no question that Rose wines have captured the hearts and minds of wine lovers, especially younger generations who don't remember the sweetness of Sutter Home White Zinfandel.

Yesterday, the wine industry association of Provence (France) hosted a wonderful and i...

February 23, 2017

I always look forward to the annual Michigan Grape & Wine Conference that occurs every February. Having now attended for five years, I am getting to know my way around and to enjoy seeing familiar faces while meeting new friends.

Michigan is ahead of the wine making cur...

January 14, 2017

I am currently traveling in India for three weeks.  Between stops to visit family, we are sightseeing and enjoying getting out of the Chicago cold!

I am looking forward to visiting the Sula Winery in Nasik next week.  I bet most of you reading this column don't realize...

January 1, 2017

As I prepared to celebrate the New Year yesterday, I heard an interested piece on NPR.  Due to global warming and climate change, it seems that the English weather on the Southern coast where grapes are grown has become quite decent for the production of sparkling wine...

July 13, 2016

By all accounts, this summer promises to be a good one for grape growers in the Midwest.  After several brutal winters which had a negative impact on grape harvests, it seems that the ship has been righted and that we can expect good yields for most (if not all) variet...

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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