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04/15/14
Local Ohio wine grape growers suffering after tough winter
Winter's polar vortex has wiped out most of Ohio's wine grape crop. The bitter cold was the worst for grape growers in 20 years, said Andy Troutman of the Winery at Wolf Creek in Norton and Troutman Vineyards south of Wooster in Wayne County. He estimated that "at least half" of his 2014 grape crop on 19 acres at the two locations has been destroyed, and that will heavily impact wine production in 2015 and 2016.
04/15/14
Grape growers see loss due to Polar Vortex
Losses amount to nearly $4 million for Ohio grape producers
04/14/14
Changes to state law allow small microbreweries to bypass wholesalers, sell directly to retailers
Supporters of the self-distribution, including members of some of the state's established microbreweries, say the new law should help companies at a critical time during their startup phase and as they struggle to gain traction in the marketplace
04/10/14
Wine Warriors TV Show to Feature Northern MI Vineyards
With talk of a vineyard on Belle Isle and a healthy (and growing) local beer and cider brewing and liquor distilling industry, there's clearly a lot of interest in Michigan's alcoholic beverages. A new television show, Wine Warriors, is currently in production and hoping to capitalize on a new passion for local booze and Americans love of reality TV.
04/10/14
WI: Madison adopts new approach to alcohol licenses
After a year's study, the Madison City Council on Tuesday approved a new approach to alcohol licenses designed to confront chronic problems around part of State Street, deliver flexibility Downtown and give more of a voice and predictability to neighborhoods.
04/09/14
Michigan Wine Month brings dollars to northwest Michigan
For vintners, distributors, and restaurateurs across Northwest Michigan, Michigan Wine Month is in full swing. It's a huge promotional event for the local industry, and is rapidly gaining steam beyond the state's borders.
04/08/14
Michigan Winery to Auction Nearly 800 acres
The owners of Douglas Valley Farm and Winery will auction several parcels of agricultural land and home sites totaling 797 acres. The auction proceeds will give owner and founder Cliff Boomer the capital to focus and build the Douglas Valley wine and hard cider business. The property to be auctioned off includes approximately 675 acres suitable for growing a wide variety of crops including wine grapes and hops, according to a news release. About half of this cropland is currently planted to tart cherries, apples and Christmas trees.
04/07/14
Callow to Lead Wisconsin Winery Association
The Wisconsin Winery Association has a new leader. Joe Callow of Forgotten Fire Winery in Marinette has been elected as president of the group during its annual meeting
04/03/14
Wisconsin's grape industry continues to gain momentum
In Wisconsin, there are about 90 wineries, 100 people who grow grapes either for personal use or to sell to wineries and at farmers markets and 1,000 acres of grapes.
04/02/14
Sub-zero temperatures in February and March of 2014 may have affected vineyards in Michigan's Grand Traverse region
Riesling and Chardonnay grapes, the mainstay white wine grapes of the Grand Traverse region (82 and 78 percent of the acreage of those varieties in Michigan are planted in Traverse City, Mich.), can typically tolerate temperature to about -10 F
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Sean Lynch Joins V2 Wine Group's Salesforce
January 13th V2 Wine Group expands its salesforce.
Cline Cellars and Jacuzzi Family Vineyards Name Robert Hawk Regional Manager, Great Lakes Territory
February 26th As regional manager, Hawk will oversee sales and implement marketing initiatives in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.