Since coming to Wyoming, Dhekney has been more focused on finding or creating a grape variety that meets several specific conditions: having a short growing season, being cold-tolerant and being able to grow in acidic soil.
Missouri Beverage (MoBev) has announced a revamped leadership team, continuing a series of investments to bolster its efforts in the market. The announcement is part of the company's plans to capitalize on growth potential following its recent partnership with Wirtz Beverage and McLane.
It's a distinctive addition to Minnesota commerce, one that contributed $59 million to the state's economy in 2011 alone. The amount of grapes Minnesota grows is increasing, especially since 2006's introduction of the Marquette red variety to the landscape.
First it was hail that pounded the vines in 2009. Then freezing winter weather decimated the next year's crop. Skip forward to 2013 to a spring freeze that killed some varieties of grapes completely and so damaged entire vines that they had to be cut back to nubs.
Deb and Rick Barnett knew when they came around the bend it was the perfect place to live out their dream. With a winding lane shaded by decades-old cottonwoods, backed by a farm pond and fronted with the rolling hills west of Tekamah, the acreage was destined to become Big Cottonwood, the Barnetts' winery.
On Oct. 1, a new law will allow consumers to order wine directly from wineries. Previously, according to the Montana Department of Revenue's Liquor Control Division, a person would be required to have a connoisseur's license to order wine directly from wineries.