Missouri and Virginia Wine Regions on CNN

When it rains, it pours. Especially in the case of national coverage for the other 46 states of late. In a new article published online in the travel section of CNN, 4 Wine Country Contenders, Virginia and Missouri wine regions are recommended. The Hermann Wine Trail includes six wineries on a 20-mile stretch along theRead more

A Napa Valley Alternative

Michigan wines are in the news again! CNN recently recommended Michigan’s Leelanau and Old Mission peninsulas as a nice alternative to Napa Valley in the online Travel Companion. Here you’ll discover more than 850 acres of land and more than 20 wineries for your choosing. The area offers tastings and gourmet meals, and Kantrowitz says,Read more

Michigan’s Best In Class

Congratulations to the following list of Michigan wineries for their award winning wines at the recent 32nd annual Michigan Wine and Spirits Competition. The competition only accepts wines produced from Michigan grapes (bravo), and attracted a record 395 wines from 42 of the state’s 64 wineries. The top award winners were: Best of Class DryRead more

Upper Mississippi River Valley AVA

The Upper Mississippi River Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA) officially became the world’s largest designated appellation on July 22nd. Encompassing 29,914 square miles along the Upper Mississippi River and its tributaries in northeast Iowa, northwest Illinois, southeast Minnesota and southwest Wisconsin, the AVA unseats the 26,000-square-mile Ohio River Valley AVA. Though the region is big,Read more

Vermont Wine Industry Growing In Popularity

The Times Argus published a recent story on the growth of the Vermont wine industry. The story cites the growing popularity of local wines and the recent success at the Eastern States Exposition contest as important factors that have helped spur the growth. With 17 wineries on the map, and more to come, Vermont isRead more

Legislative Update

I wanted to take a break from my Virginia trip recap and applaud the mid-year results of Free the Grapes!, the national consumer-winery grassroots coalition that supports legal, regulated direct shipping, summarized results so far in 2009: Wins: Legislators in Tennessee, Kansas and Maine created winery direct shipping permits, increasing the number of active, legalRead more

A New Trend?

Several states outside of the big 4 have published new studies around the growing wine industries in their respective states. Saint Joseph’s University recently published a new study, Quantitative Research Report on Wine Consumer Interest and Attitudes Toward Pennsylvania Wines and Wineries, focusing on the growing trend of consumers staying local to visit destinations suchRead more