Full Extent of Winter Damage Becoming Apparent
July 18, 2014
You hear a lot of people in the Midwest complain about how cold it was last winter. But unless you spent the winter around or above 45 degrees north, you have nothing to complain about compared to folks who truly live “up north.” (Apologies to our Canadian readers, I don’t know how you do it.)
Not surprisingly, the upcoming harvest at the northern limits of Midwest viticulture does not look good. The Minneapolis Star Tribune recently ran a well researched story about how the wine grapes are progressing at this stage of the growing season. It’s not a pretty picture. But it’s only one year, and as we’ve reported recently, some of the world’s leading grape growing regions have taken it on the chin during 2014.
See: Winter Tramples on Minnesota’s Fledgling Wine Industry
Tags: Grape damage 2014 Minnesota
Mark Ganchiff is the publisher of Midwest Wine Press, the leading source of news on the growing wine industry in the central United States. Mark has been a wine judge at the 2012 and 2014 INDY International Wine Competition, the 2014 Cold Climate Wine Competition, the 2013 Mid-American Wine Competition, the 2012 Illinois State Fair Wine Competition and the 2013 Michigan Wine Competition. He also enjoys speaking at wine events including the Cold Climate Wine Conference, the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association Annual Meeting, the Midwest Grape and Wine Conference and the Wisconsin Fruit and Vegetable Conference. Mark's articles about regional wine have appeared in Vineyard & Winery Management, WineMaker and several regional magazines.
Mark is a Level One Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers. He lives in Louisville, but also has a residence in Chicago.
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