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Midwest Veraison by Dileep Gangolli

January 3, 2018

Cold climate hybrid varietals are still not accepted in urban wine consumer markets. The great grape growing regions of the world do not focus on making wine from them since the temperatures do not require them to do so.

Also, these grapes do not give the full spectrum...

November 23, 2017

When I first delved into the wine industry by launching our tour business, Windy City Tour Company, and distribution business, Evanston Cellars, I took it upon myself to learn about wine making styles both locally in the Midwest and around the world. As anyone might ex...

June 25, 2017

Well I finally did it!  After many years of thinking that it might be great to have a wine trail right in the heart of downtown Chicago, I finally created what I think is a special wine trail that allows visitors and Chicago residents a chance to experience Wine Countr...

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...

March 7, 2017

Yes I run wine trail tours around Chicago and yes the quality of the wine that my clients and guests taste is important.

But more important to their overall experience and perception of the tour are several other factors and as we begin our sixth season of hosting wine...

February 25, 2017

We spent our last day at the Michigan Grape & Wine Council annual meeting exploring three wineries on Old Mission Peninsula.  There are two AVAs and while our favorite is Leelanau, across the Bay is Old Mission and there is some great wine being made there as well.


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...

October 8, 2016

Janice and I took a short trip up to Traverse City to pick up delivery of some wine that we purchased for our distribution unit, Evanston Cellars.  For those of you that do not know, Evanston Cellars distributes wines to about 25 retailers around Chicago and we are gro...

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