A Minnesota Marquette

In celebration of the 2009 International Cold Climate Wine Competition (ICCWC) focusing on cold-hardy varieties, I decided to pour the Fieldstone Vineyards Marquette from Minnesota. The Marquette was awarded a gold medal at the inaugural competition which included 315 Cold Climate wines from commercial wineries in 16 states including Vermont, Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia,Read 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

Minnesota Wine!

Yes, you read the title correct, Minnesota wine! Who knew! Known more for extreme winters than wine, Minnesota is excelling at cold, hardy grape varieties like LaCrosse, St.Croix, and Frontenac. Referred to as hybrids, these grapes are a cross between two or more Vitis vinifera (or more commonly referred to as the European grapes, e.g.Read more